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Capturing the Friedmans (2003) Poster

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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.
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.
The movie caused some theatre patrons to remain in their seats to argue the innocence of Arnold and Jesse Friedman. This caused theatre owners to complain to the films distributor, Magnolia Pictures.
The film sparked enough renewed interest in the case that Jesse Friedman mounted an appeal to his earlier conviction. While the appeal was denied, the Nassau County District Attorney agreed to re-examine the case and appoint a special review committee to evaluate any impropriety in the original case, including coercion of Friedman's original confession of guilt.
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Following the release of the film, director Andrew Jarecki came under fire for comments he made whilst publicizing the film proclaiming his own ambiguous opinion as to the guilt of the Friedmans. During production, Jarecki had stated outright that he believed the Friedman's falsely accused and had also provided funds to appeal Jesse Friedman's conviction.
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When videotaped in the park, Jesse is seen playing out the "Mr. Gumby Brain Specialist" sketch from episode 32 of Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969).
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The song played by Arnold Friedman at the piano is Irving Berlin's "Cheek to Cheek".
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