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Auto Focus -- A story about "Hogan's Heroes" star Bob Crane and his friendship with John Carpenter.
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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 »
Genre:
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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Awards:
2 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Not for everybody, but definitely worth seeing 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)

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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MPAA:
Rated R for strong sexuality, nudity, language, some drug use and violence (cut)
Runtime:
105 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The bald actor who plays a reporter interviewing Crane about midway through the film is Crane's real son, Bob Crane Jr. (Robert David Crane).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Bob puts his hand on his wife's shoulder, in the next shot, it is by his side.See more »
Quotes:
Bob Crane:Mel, I thought you were a fellow entertainer.
Mel Rosen:I'm also a Jew.
Bob Crane:It's the same thing!
See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
If I Were a CarpenterSee more »

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75 out of 78 people found the following review useful.
Not for everybody, but definitely worth seeing, 7 March 2003
Author: waltergl (waltergl@usc.edu) from Los Angeles, CA

I believe that this was the most severely underrated film of 2002, and it was also my personal favorite for a great year in film. Now, I sincerely doubt that many moviegoers would consider this one of the year's best, or even a great film, so this comes with a tentative recommendation. I wouldn't recommend this movie to just anybody, but I feel that fans of the prior work of Scorsese and Schrader will consider this a worthwhile endeavor. With this work Schrader continues his legacy of disturbed, distorted, doomed men whose selfishness and shallow nature ultimately lead them to great suffering as they destroy those who come close to them. Greg Kinnear's Bob Crane joins the likes of DeNiro's Jake LaMotta in Raging Bull, Gene Hackman's Harry Caul in The Conversation, and Nick Nolte's Wade Whitehouse in another Schrader masterpiece, Affliction. These are sad, empty men, for whom we can only half-sympathize; we feel for them because we suffer, but we condemn them because they force themselves and others to suffer.

The film follows the sexual exploits of Greg Kinnear as Bob Crane, the real-life star of Hogan's Heroes, who during and after the show became a full-blown sex addict, ruining two marriages and possibly sabotaging his career in the process. Willem Dafoe is John Carpenter (no, I know what you're thinking, and he's not), Crane's partner in crime who lacks Crane's charisma with women but is fed some scraps by Crane in return for his extensive knowledge of and access to video equipment. Crane's fetish is using the home video cameras to record his sexual trysts, which he reviews over and over again, looking for something that we can't see, and that he probably can't see either.

Kinnear and Dafoe's performances alone are worth the price of admission. This is the best, boldest, and most nuanced work that Kinnear has ever done. His performance is all subtlety and detail; he introduces Crane as a regular, aw shucks family man, but as the movie progresses we gradually see the facade fall as his quiet desperation and insatiable sexual appetite begin to consume him. Not content to go over the top and yell at the top of his lungs to be effective, Kinnear instead puts on a fake smile and charms with a velvety voice while openly degrading and hitting on women. The effect is one of the most genuinely creepy performances ever committed to film. Dafoe is the perfect companion to Kinnear's subtle predator; Carpenter is a pathetic loser, easily angered and easily hurt. He gets angry, yells, and does all of the things that you've seen Dafoe do in his other portrayals of guys you wouldn't want to meet in a dark alley, or a lighted one, for that matter. It's effective elsewhere, and it's effective here. Together, these men form a pair so utterly joyless and shallow that just seeing them on-screen together made my stomach churn. Their dialogue is only incidental, usually reminiscing on previous sexual escapades or planning new ones, but it's the little tics, gestures, Kinnear's untouchable confidence foiled by Dafoe's insecurity, Kinnear's hidden hunger foiled by Dafoe's overt desperation, that give these scenes their resounding power.

Not to shortchange Schrader's direction, though, which as usual is right on target for the material. He begins in a brightly colored, idealized suburban landscape, filled with all of the usual imagery you'd expect in this sort of light-hearted period and location. Then, slowly, he slides into darker territory, carrying us into the decadent seventies, breaking shots into shorter lengths, shaking the camera, depicting with his cinematography and editing the fall of his protagonist. Admittedly, the techniques Schrader employs here to depict Crane's breakdown have been used many times before, but I still found them extremely effective here.

For the last thirty minutes of the film, I felt genuinely ill; not because I thought the projector was out of focus, as many have complained, but because Schrader and Kinnear were taking me to a dark place and immersing me in it. As I said before, this type of film is not for everybody, but for those interested in the dark side of man, this film is not to be missed. I think that at the very least, the merit of these depressing morality tales is that they provide an exact blueprint of the way not to live our lives. I suppose that showing Crane checking himself into therapy and dealing with his problems and utimately healing himself would be valuable as well, but it wouldn't make for a good film, or a true one. Some people argue against the very existence of this type of movie. My response to them is that in real life for every strong-willed person who solves their problems and triumphs over adversity, there is another loser who ultimately fails to deal with life and implodes upon their own insecurity and weakness. Until this changes, someone needs to continue making these films.

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