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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 23 wins & 9 nominations See more »
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Andrew Jarecki's `Capturing the Friedmans' is as real as hidden family dysfunction could be on film. 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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Jesse Friedman suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder following the release of this film and underwent extensive treatment at a VA Hospital in Boston, MA.See more »
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Referenced in Paul (2011)See more »
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55 out of 57 people found the following review useful.
Andrew Jarecki's `Capturing the Friedmans' is as real as hidden family dysfunction could be on film., 25 June 2003
Author: John DeSando (jdesando@columbus.rr.com) from Columbus, Ohio

Forget TV reality shows: Andrew Jarecki's `Capturing the Friedmans' is as real as hidden family dysfunction could be on film. Out of a seemingly-normal Great Neck, N.Y., middle-class family comes a tale too unique to be discounted: Honored teacher father and boyish son are charged with molesting young boys who attended dad's after-school computer class. It's known that dad reads child pornography, but the questionable molesting becomes a crisis fulcrum for the entire film.

`Friedman's' is unique for 2 reasons: 1. Better than almost all other documentaries, even `Paradise Lost,' it reveals the ambiguity and uncertainty in most litigation. 2. It uses copious home movies to reveal the major characters at play and rest without helping to determine guilt or innocence.

Jarecki, a co-founder of the Internet site, Moviefone, has admitted that after all the hours of interviews and miles of footage, he is not certain about the guilt of the father and son. Even the homemade family film, filled with slapstick and confession, is either so disingenuously crafted by another son to create the uncertainty or so naive as to be believable.

With that ambiguity, ironies abound: Award-winning teacher Arnold has a sleazy secret life centering around the very students he is guiding; Arnold's ex-wife is so remote from this male-dominated family that she may not have had a clue, yet her reunion with Jesse after his prison term is amazingly joyful and honest; son Jesse disclaims helping dad with the molestations yet confesses in the end, he says, because the law and the town are stacked against him.

Most fascinating to me, an amateur chronicler of my own family, is the Friedman's (and by inference, America's) obsession with documentation. The night before dad goes to prison is videotaped; the night before Jesse's incarceration, brother David records him in various poses, most of them loose and sometimes laced with self-deprecation.

Jesse is videotaped outside the courthouse the day of his confession dancing a jig and generally goofing. Is this nervous energy, an act to neutralize a fear of imprisonment or an egregious act meant to outrage the judge and jury? Ambiguity rules here.

David, the narrator brother, leads his life as Silly Billy, the most sought after birthday clown in new York. The irony is rich.

I don't know if I can ever believe what I see again. I do know I will more carefully watch every documentary from this day forward. This one unambiguously deserved the 2003 Sundance grand jury prize.

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