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Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired (2008)

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Examines the public scandal and private tragedy which led to legendary filmmaker Roman Polanski's sudden flight from the United States.


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Credited cast:
Andrew Braunsberg ...
Himself - Producer & Polanski's Friend
Richard Brenneman ...
Himself - Reporter, Santa Monica Evening Outlook
Douglas Dalton ...
Himself - Attorney for the Defense
Marilyn Beck ...
Herself - Hollywood Gossip Columnist
Steve Barshop ...
Himself - Assistant District Attorney
Madeline Bessmer ...
Herself - Girlfriend #2
Michael M. Crain ...
Himself - Former Public Defender
Samantha Geimer ...
Herself - Victim
Herself - Actress
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Himself (archive footage)
Istvan Bajzat ...
Himself - Photographer
Pierre-André Boutang ...
Himself - Polanski's Friend
Himself (archive footage)
Himself (archive footage)
Guy Woodhouse (archive footage)


In 1977, Roman Polanski was arrested in Los Angeles on charges he gave drugs and had sex with a 13-year-old girl he was photographing for Vogue. Eleven months later, having pled guilty to one count, he fled to Europe before sentencing. This film examines that year-long period, using archival footage of the media frenzy and of Polanski's life before the charges, clips from his films, and contemporary interviews with many of the principles - attorneys, the victim, and Polanski's friends and associates. Polanski remains enigmatic, but portraits emerge of the machinations of justice and of a judge more interested in his image than his word or the law. Written by <>

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The truth couldn't fit in the headlines.


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Also Known As:

Polanski: Procurado e Desejado  »

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$4,613 (USA) (11 July 2008)


$59,192 (USA) (26 September 2008)

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2 October 2009 | by (Bronx,New York) – See all my reviews

so wait are you supporters for or against drugging and raping a 13 year old or not?

Everyone on his side makes excuses but EVEN if it was consensual which it wasn't she was underage. I see people who support Polanski MAYBE making a argument if the girl was almost legal, wanted it and the guy excised bad judgment but c'Mon she was 13, drugged, said no and he fled the country. Even in Europe that's not even jail bait it's still pedophilia, it's not okay just because he's rich and people like his films.

My take: It's not a witch hunt if you did it, admitted you did it and ran.

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I dunno anymore, Hollywood just continues to make less sense. I'm not a bible thumper or a letter of the law kind of guy but this is just bizarre. I liked Chinatown too but the man needs to serve for his crime.

This Documentary was very skewed..... was produced well but I left feeling the film needed a rebuttal film. Too one sided for my personal taste on this subject with sprinkles of 'Americans Hate foreigners' and 'He had a tough life' to excuse the crime thrown in. But watch or not I don't feel most people will change their view one way or another.

Pity his life BUT remember the little girl was the victim not Polanski he was a adult when he made his choices.

As for the director himself his works speak for itself.

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