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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Robert Graysmith (book)
Michael Gerbosi (written by)
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Release Date:
8 November 2002 (Canada) See more »
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Tagline:
A day without sex is a day wasted.
Plot:
A story about "Hogan's Heroes" star Bob Crane and his friendship with John Carpenter. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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2 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Believable - but tepid - exploration of a minor celebrities' slide in to bad company and sexual obsession. See more (140 total) »

Cast

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Greg Kinnear ... Bob Crane

Willem Dafoe ... John Carpenter

Rita Wilson ... Anne Crane

Maria Bello ... Patricia Olson / Patrica Crane / Sigrid Valdis

Ron Leibman ... Lenny
Bruce Solomon ... Edward H. Feldman

Michael E. Rodgers ... Richard Dawson (as Michael Rodgers)

Kurt Fuller ... Werner Klemperer

Christopher Neiman ... Robert Clary

Lyle Kanouse ... John Banner

Donnamarie Recco ... Melissa / Mistress Victoria

Ed Begley Jr. ... Mel Rosen

Michael McKean ... Video Executive

Cheryl Lynn Bowers ... Cynthia Lynn

Don McManus ... Priest
Sarah Uhrich ... Victoria Berry
Amanda Niles ... Cocktail Waitress

Kelly Packard ... Dawson's Blond

Jeff Harlan ... Armand

Kevin Kilner ... Clayton Moore

Kevin Beard ... Hogan A.D.

Joe Grifasi ... Strip Club M.C.

Vyto Ruginis ... Nickie D

Nikita Ager ... Julie

Alex Meneses ... Emily
Cassie Townsend ... Elaine
Amber Griebel ... Jill
Hannah Feldner-Shaw ... Judy (as Hannah Felder-Shaw)

Robert David Crane ... Interviewer (as Bob Crane Jr.)

Arden Myrin ... Hippie Girl

Joseph D. Reitman ... Hippie Boy

Kitana Baker ... Schmile Girl

Gibby Brand ... Judge

Katie Lohmann ... Dallas Girl

Roderick McCarthy ... Bartender

Catherine Dent ... Susan

John Kapelos ... Bruno Gerussi

Shawn Reaves ... Bob Crane Jr. at 20
Michael Tachovsky ... Bob Crane Jr. at 12
Bruce Bauer ... Talk Show Host

Marieh Delfino ... Bobby's Girlfriend
Teri Geary ... Dancer - Miss Kitty (as Kitten de Ville)
Jade Ruggiero ... Dancer - Angela
Zen ... Dancer (as Porcelain Twinz)
Zero ... Dancer (as Porcelain Twinz)
Owen Masterson ... Jackie
Bill Marinella ... Subpoena Server (as Bill Merinella)

Jennifer Piper ... Dinner Theatre Actress
Kelly K.C. Quann ... Blind Man's Bluff Girl

Danielle Petty ... Interview Montage Girl #1
Jennifer Coffmon ... Interview Montage Girl #2
Shelley Coleman-Hiestad ... Swinger
Christopher Hagard ... Scotty Crane
Jacob Hagard ... Scotty Crane
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

John Churchill ... Dick Ryan (uncredited)

Kate Clarke ... Actress in Dinner Theatre (uncredited)
H.R. Haldeman ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

LeJon ... Ivan Dixon (uncredited)
John Mitchell ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Shannon Murphy ... Balloon Smuggler (uncredited)
Olivia Saint ... Extra (uncredited)

Gary Sievers ... Beginner's Luck Cast (uncredited)

Evis Xheneti ... Dinner Theatre Actress (uncredited)
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Directed by
Paul Schrader 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Robert Graysmith (book "The Murder of Bob Crane")

Michael Gerbosi (written by)

Produced by
Scott Alexander .... producer
Alicia Allain .... producer
Patrick Dollard .... producer (as Pat Dollard)
Rick Hess .... executive producer
Larry Karaszewski .... producer
Trevor Macy .... executive producer
Brian Oliver .... producer
Todd Rosken .... producer
James Schamus .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Angelo Badalamenti 
 
Cinematography by
Jeffrey Greeley 
Fred Murphy 
 
Film Editing by
Kristina Boden 
 
Casting by
Wendy Kurtzman 
 
Production Design by
James Chinlund 
 
Art Direction by
Seth Reed 
 
Set Decoration by
Gene Serdena 
 
Costume Design by
Julie Weiss 
 
Makeup Department
Donna J. Anderson .... hair stylist
Stephanie Coffey .... makeup artist
Rebecca DeHerrera .... makeup assistant department head
Cheryl Eckert .... key hair stylist
Ashley Fetterman .... assistant special effects makeup
Roxane Griffin .... additional hair stylist
Isabel Harkins .... makeup department head
Joel Harlow .... special makeup effects artist
Rob Hinderstein .... special makeup effects artist
Myke Michaels .... makeup artist
Candace Neal .... hair stylist: Rita Wilson
Michael Peterson .... lab makeup effects
Marsha Shearrill .... makeup artist: character makeup
 
Production Management
Michael Jackman .... post-production supervisor
Cheryl Kurk .... production supervisor
Avi Levy .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Aaron Barsky .... first assistant director
Eric Oliver .... second second assistant director
Barbara M. Ravis .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Rick Chavez .... property master
William Eliscu .... graphic designer
Lilly Frank .... scenic painter
Luke Freeborn .... model builder
Luke Freeborn .... set designer
J. Michael Glynn .... set dresser
Sean Lyons .... painter
Sam Page .... set designer
Nick Rock .... construction coordinator
Kathleen Rosen .... buyer
Grant Samson .... lead man
Thomas Spencer .... set dresser
Robert Stover .... buyer
 
Sound Department
Steve C. Aaron .... production sound recorder (as Steve Aaron)
Ken Cade .... adr editor
Peter Kambasis .... assistant sound editor
Peter Kelly .... sound re-recording mixer
Chris Main .... boom operator
Colin McLellan .... adr recordist
Timothy Mehlenbacher .... first assistant dialogue editor
Michael Miller .... adr mixer
Steve Munro .... supervising sound editor
Daniel Pellerin .... re-recording mixer
Peter Persaud .... foley recordist
Dirk Stout .... second boom operator
Andrew Tay .... sound re-recording mixer
David Drainie Taylor .... dialogue editor
 
Special Effects by
Damian Fisher .... moldmaker supervisor
John C. Hartigan .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Sarah Jackson-Seirafi .... visual effects producer
Ziad Seirafi .... visual effects supervisor
 
Stunts
Kevin Beard .... stunt double: Greg Kinnear
Robert Benjamin .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
James W. Apted .... assistant camera
Michael Bauman .... gaffer
Kevin Brown .... electrician
Andreas Crawford .... dolly grip
Thomas M. Dangcil .... electrician
Jeffrey De La Rosa .... electrician
Will Dearborn .... camera loader
Paul A. Edwards .... camera operator
Frank Endewardt .... electrician
Jeffrey Greeley .... camera operator
Barry Idoine .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Richard Mall .... key grip
Frank Masi .... still photographer
David Scott .... rigging electrician
Alec Shepherd .... grip
Michael Tolochko .... electrician
Yuri Karjane .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Sande Alessi .... extras casting
Kristan Berona .... extras casting
Caroline Liem .... casting associate
Bill Marinella .... additional casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michael Dennison .... assistant costume designer
Pamela Lee Incardona .... costume supervisor
David Page .... key set costumer
Hayley Stuppel .... costumer
Neil Tansey .... costumer
Barbara Marko .... costumer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Stuart Macphee .... post-production coordinator
Ken Metzker .... colorist: high definition
Hilary Peabody .... assistant editor
Cathy Rait .... color timer
Melissa Remenarich .... first assistant editor: Los Angeles
 
Music Department
Andrew Barrett .... composer: additional music
Jim Dunbar .... music consultant
Tass Filipos .... music editor
Philip W. Gough .... composer: additional music
Christopher S. Parker .... music clearances
G. Marq Roswell .... music supervisor
 
Transportation Department
Robert Benjamin .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Michael Barnes .... financial legal services
Jason Block .... post-production accountant
Robert David Crane .... technical advisor
Mark Dawson .... technical advisor
Sean Donnelly .... assistant to producer
Sean J. Donnelly .... assistant to producer
Kenneth J. Ferris .... title designer: main titles
Zach Fine .... technical advisor: vintage video
Nikki Fitch .... assistant to Pat Dollard
Will Frears .... assistant: Paul Schrader
Charles Heaphy .... production financing
Michael Hubert .... production coordinator
Michelle Impellizine .... assistant to Alicia Allain
Peter Kujawski .... assistant: Mr. Schamus
Jonathan Levine .... assistant: Paul Schrader
Ella Marcus .... craft service
Eddie Merino .... key assistant location manager
Patrick Mignano .... location manager
Ryan Murphy .... consultant: avid
Nathan Polatin .... location manager
Rebecca Poulos .... script supervisor
M. Ross-Michaels .... production accountant
Paul Schreiber .... location scout
Benjamin Scissors .... key set production assistant
Claire Smithies .... misc crew
Lisa Womble .... production assistant
Karen Yokomizo .... first assistant accountant
John Bilich .... location manager (uncredited)
Steven Jetton .... layout board (uncredited)
Steve Sinsheimer .... key craft service (uncredited)
 

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Rated R for strong sexuality, nudity, language, some drug use and violence (cut)
Runtime:
105 min
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Trivia:
The leather jacket that Greg Kinnear wore while playing 'Bob Crane' in the "Hogan's Heroes" (1965) scenes in this movie was the one that 'Bob Crane' actually wore during that TV series "Hogan's Heroes" (1965). Crane's son Bob Jr. (Robert David Crane) loaned the jacket to Greg Kinnear for this movie. Prior to "Hogan's Heroes" (1965), this jacket was worn by Frank Sinatra in Von Ryan's Express (1965).See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: Crane's daughters play with a bent-armed Barbie doll; all such dolls of that era had straight arms.See more »
Quotes:
Bob Crane:A day without sex...
John Carpenter:...is a day wasted!
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Soundtrack:
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26 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
Believable - but tepid - exploration of a minor celebrities' slide in to bad company and sexual obsession., 11 December 2004
Author: Peter Hayes from United Kingdom

Bob Crane was a well known TV face whose lopsided grin and cheeky-chappie personality took him to fame and (modest) fortune with the 1965-71 TV series Hogan's Heroes (a family safe rip-off the film Stalag 17); but like many that have passed before him, his human weaknesses - in his case towards free love, porn and sleaze - provided his ultimate downfall.

This is 1,000 word review that could go, exclusively, many ways: The most obvious would be simply to review the film as an entertainment piece, which while fair and valid, wouldn't tell the whole story. The second would be as an exploration of the moral questions raised, taking on the very nature of "addiction and obsession." A third would be to review the nature of show biz itself and how - like Crane - you can easily go from "flavour of the month" to being "last year's model."

In many ways the above debates are more interesting than the film itself: which while being both credible and interesting, never bursts in to full flame. Indeed it spends long periods not really going anywhere or doing anything other than following Crane and his self-styled "best friend" John Carpenter (not the famous director!) - played by the oddball part specialist William Dafoe - from one sexual encounter to the next.

(The filming of these sexual encounters, while true and unquestioned, adds nothing to my understanding of Crane himself. The act would have happened, filmed or unfilmed. Indeed I never did learn whether he had any REAL interest in photography - which he claims in the film proper - beyond using it as a device for gaining extra sex gratification. Equally how expensive is the early video equipment and his all-embracing sex hobby? Are these the only reason he is broke after six years playing the lead in a hit TV show? )

Some of this party-to-party time would have been better spent explaining the early life of Crane, allowing us to understand "where he comes from" better. Is he a classic case of someone who married too young and ended up spliced to his "mother?" And like real mother's they are always finding embarrassing items hidden around the house!

(However even this argument becomes devalued when you consider his second marriage - to a contrasting blonde libertarian sex pot - also ended in acrimony and divorce!)

Given that this is a film of "best guesses", mine would be that Crane never really had a proper teenage life (he came from a strict Catholic household) and wanted to live his out decades after the fact. This film wants to portray him as someone who was lead astray by others, simply because that is easier to explain than someone who changes course dramatically of their own freewill.

Crane was approaching middle age when he first met the techno-wizard (and fellow sexual traveller) John Carpenter, his sexuality and taste simply couldn't have been influenced by any outside parties so late in life. Outsiders could only have been facilitators to living it out. Nevertheless his wider actions show a curious lack of maturity, who else would skip off work on a prime-time TV show in order to play drums behind some cheap stripper?

Director Paul Schrader (of Taxi Driver fame) has obviously being watching a lot of TV movies recently and scratching his balding pate over how to cover familiar material (family man presented with temptation, rise and fall, wages of sin, etc.) without cliché. Not to mention filming what is unfilmable: The inside of another man's head!

He has come up with only partial answers and a few professional fudges: Starting with a very standard approach (complete with horrible "cold fact" giving voice-over about Hogan's Heroes) before slowly sliding in to the modern "creeping hand-held camera with filters" approach and technique.

(Something that works quite well with some productions, presumably because we are used to documentary and news being presented in this manner. Maybe we, subconsciously, mistake poor production quality with reality? Here it adds little.)

Greg Kinear does an excellent job portraying not only Crane the ham actor, but also Crane the daydream believer and sex junkie. While going a little glassy-eyed and unfocused is in the scope of most actors, Kinear never goes over-the-top while slowly losing the plot. He also remains strangely sympathetic while exploiting his own fame and position for sexual purposes: A male perspective, but all I have.

The film starts with Crane - the LA DJ - spouting the happy-go-lucky banalities that radio professionals go in for, before being further introduced as a bouncy "success story" who is "going places in radio-land." However he want to act and employs a ("touch wood") agent to find him the right part. The upshot is an unlikely comedy about an unlikely German concentration camp.

He is a non smoking, non drinking, church going Christian, who rushes straight home - post radio show - to his long time straight-laced wife and picture-perfect children. In other words, a great place to start a sexual and moral slide from!

Crane, like many empty men that stumble in to things that make their heart go boom-bang-a-bang for the first time, hasn't the wit and wherewith all to see the limits and short comings of their new found hobby. He didn't realize that not everybody took his easygoing view of casual sex and by not being selective he alienated people.

No one should die because they enjoy casual consenting sex or cheat on their wives, but Crane died never having learnt there was (and is) a life beyond cheap thrills and that your casual actions can hurt the ones you love the most. A simple message, but Auto Focus takes 105 minutes to get it across.

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