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Capturing the Friedmans -- Documentary on the Friedmans, a seemingly typical, upper-middleclass Jewish family whose world is instantly transformed when the father and his youngest son are arrested and charged with shocking and horrible crimes.
Capturing the Friedmans -- Documentary on the Friedmans, a seemingly typical, upper-middleclass Jewish family whose world is instantly transformed when the father and his youngest son are arrested and charged with shocking and horrible crimes.

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28 August 2003 (Israel) See more »
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Documentary on the Friedmans, a seemingly typical, upper-middleclass Jewish family whose world is instantly transformed when the father and his youngest son are arrested and charged with shocking and horrible crimes. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 24 wins & 9 nominations See more »
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Interesting but I did wonder WHY I was watching it See more (143 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Arnold Friedman ... Himself (archive footage)
Elaine Friedman ... Herself (also archive footage)

David Friedman ... Himself (also archive footage)
Seth Friedman ... Himself (archive footage)
Jesse Friedman ... Himself (also archive footage)
John McDermott ... Himself
Frances Galasso ... Herself (as Det. Frances Galasso)
Anthony Sgeugloi ... Himself
Chuck Scarborough ... Himself (archive footage)
Joseph Onorato ... Himself
Judd Maltin ... Himself
Howard Friedman ... Himself
Abbey Boklan ... Herself (as Judge Abbey Boklan)
Ron Georgalis ... Himself
Scott Banks ... Himself

Larry King ... Himself (archive footage)
Debbie Nathan ... Herself (also archive footage)
Jerry Bernstein ... Himself
Peter Panaro ... Himself
Lloyd Doppman ... Himself
Jack Fallin ... Himself

Directed by
Andrew Jarecki 
 
Produced by
Peter Bove .... line producer (as Peter D. Bové)
Richard Hankin .... co-producer
Andrew Jarecki .... producer
Jaye Nydick .... line producer
Jennifer Rogen .... associate producer
Marc Smerling .... producer
 
Original Music by
Andrea Morricone 
 
Cinematography by
Adolfo Doring 
 
Film Editing by
Richard Hankin 
 
Art Direction by
Nava Lubelski 
 
Production Management
Tanya Barr .... production manager
Jose A. Barrios .... production manager
Alex Carone .... production manager
Rafael Estrella .... production manager
Caroline Findlay .... production manager
Christopher J. Grunke .... production manager
Thom Little .... production manager
Robert Warmflash .... post-production supervisor
 
Art Department
Liz Campbell .... swing
Nava Lubelski .... props
 
Sound Department
Nathan Crooker .... additional sound
Mariusz Glabinski .... assistant sound editor
Piotr Glabinski .... apprentice sound editor
Marlena Grzaslewicz .... sound editor
John Gurrin .... sound mixer
Dustin Hudson .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Bruce Kitzmeyer .... sound editor
Desiree Ortiz .... additional sound
Ira Spiegel .... sound editor
Peter Waggoner .... sound mixer
 
Visual Effects by
Steve Chiarello .... visual effects
Kevin Quinlan .... visual effects
Mark Szumski .... visual effects
John Zawisha .... visual effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Charlie Beyer .... additional photographer
Rebecca Brillhart .... assistant camera
Jesse Cory .... key grip
John Dreyer .... gaffer
Brian Jackson .... additional photographer
Chris Johnson .... gaffer
Aaron Phillips .... additional photographer
Rossana Rizzo .... assistant camera
Roger Sherman .... still photographer
Marc Smerling .... additional photographer
Tim Spellman .... gaffer
Ari Issler .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Rick Barlis .... color corrector
John Dowdell .... colorist: high definition (as John Dowdell III)
Peter Heady .... on-line editor: HDTV
Danny Hogan .... assistant on-line editor
Aaron Johnson .... assistant editor
Allison Raskind .... additional assistant editor
Patricia Sztaba .... negative cutter
Stan Sztaba .... negative cutter
 
Music Department
Matthew Abbott .... music clearances (as Mathew Abbott)
Damiano Antinori .... assistant score engineer
Jim Black .... music clearances
Enrico DeMelis .... music coordinator (as Enrico De Melis)
Andrea Morricone .... conductor
Andrea Morricone .... music editor
Andrea Morricone .... orchestrator
Gianni Oddi .... musician: saxophone soloist
Alessia Patregnani .... music facilitator
Luciano Torani .... music mixer
Fabio Venturi .... music recording engineer
Fabio Venturi .... score mixing engineer
Rocco Zifarelli .... musician: guitar solos
 
Transportation Department
Christopher Pollard .... genny driver
 
Other crew
Nancy Baker .... creative consultant
Steve Beganyi .... production assistant
Brian Cahill .... production assistant
Mike Campbell .... production assistant
John Carlucci .... production assistant
Al Cerullo .... helicopter pilot
Mark Chamlin .... legal counsel (as Marc Chamlin)
Robert Coles .... particularly good advice (as Dr. Robert Coles)
John Cumberland .... production assistant
Michael Darmanin .... title designer
John Dowdell .... datacine operator (as John Dowdell III)
Cory Gibson .... production assistant
Erin Heidenreich .... sales agent
David Hurlburt .... production assistant
Victor Kovner .... legal counsel
Albert Maysles .... particularly good advice
Pat McNulty .... production assistant
Gary Mennitt .... legal counsel
Earl Nemser .... particularly good advice
Sheila Nevins .... particularly good advice
Mike Nichols .... particularly good advice
Martin Obysovsky .... production assistant
Eric Rosenthal .... production assistant
Diane Sawyer .... particularly good advice
Jamieson Shea .... assistant to producer
Mark Townsend .... production assistant
Matt Whitcher .... location manager (as Matthew Whitcher)
 
Thanks
J.J. Abrams .... special thanks
Katie Abrams .... special thanks
André Balazs .... special thanks
Paul Barnes .... special thanks
Jeff Bushkin .... special thanks
Dado Carillo .... special thanks
Michael Chandler .... special thanks
Gavin de Becker .... special thanks (as Gavin DeBecker)
Griffin Dunne .... special thanks
Alexa L. Fogel .... special thanks (as Alexa Fogel)
Katie Ford .... special thanks
Liz Garbus .... special thanks
Robin Gattegno .... special thanks
Mark Golin .... special thanks
Mark Green .... special thanks
Rob Gukeisen .... special thanks
Robin Hafitz .... special thanks
Jim Hart .... special thanks
Lisa Heller .... special thanks
Dawn Hershman .... special thanks
Ellen Hovde .... special thanks
Gloria Jarecki .... special thanks
Nancy Jarecki .... very special thanks
Jeong Ho Kim .... special thanks
Greg Kinnear .... special thanks
Barbara Kopple .... special thanks
Helen Labdon .... special thanks (as Helen Kinnear)
Ken Lanning .... special thanks
Tom Lassally .... special thanks
Ted Leonsis .... special thanks
Bryan Lourd .... special thanks
Michael Lynton .... special thanks
Gary Mennitt .... special thanks
Paul Mones .... special thanks
Julie Moran .... special thanks
Rob Moran .... special thanks
Giovanni Morricone .... special thanks
David O'Connor .... special thanks
Sanford Panitch .... special thanks
Hutch Parker .... special thanks
Bob Pittman .... special thanks
Veronique Pittman .... special thanks
Mikal Reich .... special thanks
Howard Rosenman .... special thanks
Stefanie Scheer .... special thanks
Alex Silveira .... special thanks
Carly Simon .... special thanks
David Spinozza .... special thanks
Kipp Stroden .... special thanks
James Taylor .... special thanks
Michael Wimer .... special thanks
Jacy Young .... special thanks
 

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Director/producer Andrew Jarecki was in the process of making a documentary about people who work as children's birthday party clowns in New York which led to the discovery of David Friedman's story. David Friedman was considered the most successful of the city's party clowns. The resulting clown documentary, Just a Clown (2004), is included as an extra on the DVD for this movie.See more »
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Features "Larry King Live" (1985)See more »
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Let Me Entertain YouSee more »

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27 out of 44 people found the following review useful.
Interesting but I did wonder WHY I was watching it, 10 April 2004
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

In 1984 a seemingly normal, middleclass Jewish family is ripped apart by allegations of child abuse. Arnold Friedman comes to the attention of the authorities when child pornography is found in his post, however this soon opens up to dozens of charges that state Arnold and his 18 year old son systematically abused the children in their computer club. This documentary follows the story using interviews and home movie footage from the time.

I came to this film as a fan of documentary features, despite not really knowing anything about it; the trailers had been careful to be very coy about the nature of the event that ripped the family apart - a coyness that was not carried into the film. As such I found it very difficult viewing, and many others may wish to avoid this as it is not a fun way to spend 90 or so minutes as descriptions are a bit too graphic at times and some may find the allegations upsetting. The film follows the allegations though to the very end and it is almost consistently engaging - only near the end did I start to feel fatigue; given the subject matter this film is heavy going and could have lost some running time. The film is difficult to describe and, after seeing it, I'm not sure why anyone would really want to see it.

It is not as simple as exposing the truth. If anything the film seems to be pointing out how truth is actually a very easy thing to control - it highlights bad practice by the authorities, weaknesses in the testimonies and areas where mistakes (or lies) had been made. This makes it more difficult - it basically requires us to care about the injustice done to Arnold but at the same time telling us he is a paedophile. To many of us this is an abhoration and it is easy to confuse a paedophile with a child abuser, however many of the things he confesses to in his past are horrid and it made him very hard to get behind. This is a big problem as the film is complex both subject wise and morally, again making it very hard work.

However unpleasant the subject matter, the film is worth seeing to see how one family is destroyed by a witch-hunt that would happen just the same today as it did then. As one of the police officers comments - even being accused of this crime basically means that the accused's life is over. The home movie footage is well used and puts us in a situation where we don't have to rely on the interviews to tell us how things went.

Overall this is a gripping film but one that deals with a morally complex subject that makes it very hard work to watch and is certainly not going to fill a cinema on a Saturday night! Several times I thought about leaving the film as I was simply bewildered by it, not knowing what it was saying, what I was mean to be feeling or even why I had come to see a film about a paedophile who had been accused of multiple counts of child abuse. For that reason I wondered why this film had proved so popular - who, upon hearing the subject matter, thinks that this is the film for them? Certainly the handful of people in the cinema with me (on the opening weekend) seemed to contest to the limited `appeal' of this feature. It is a gripping and interesting film, but I have no intention of seeing it again and doubt I could.

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