MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 4,262 this week

Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired (2008)

7.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.4/10 from 3,707 users   Metascore: 78/100
Reviews: 40 user | 69 critic | 16 from Metacritic.com

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

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 40 titles
created 24 Oct 2011
 
a list of 37 titles
created 29 Jan 2012
 
a list of 21 titles
created 25 Dec 2012
 
a list of 44 titles
created 29 May 2013
 
a list of 21 titles
created 8 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired (2008)

Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired (2008) on IMDb 7.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired.
Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Crime | Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Oscar-winning documentary that documents a murder trial in which a 15-year-old African-American is wrongfully accused of a 2000 murder in Jacksonville, Florida.

Director: Jean-Xavier de Lestrade
Stars: Ann Finnell, Patrick McGuinness, James Williams
Documentary | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

"The Trials of Darryl Hunt" is a feature documentary about a brutal rape/murder case and a wrongly convicted man, Darryl Hunt, who spent nearly twenty years in prison for a crime he did not... See full summary »

Directors: Ricki Stern, Anne Sundberg
Stars: Evelyn Jefferson, Fred Flagler, John Reeves
Witch Hunt (2008)
Documentary | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The story of several families who have their lives destroyed when their hometown is whipped into a frenzy by allegations of child molestation.

Directors: Don Hardy Jr., Dana Nachman
Stars: Jack Cummings, Jackie Cummings, Allen Grafton
Documentary | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The War on Drugs has become the longest and most costly war in American history, the question has become, how much more can the country endure? Inspired by the death of four family members ... See full summary »

Director: Kevin Booth
Stars: Joe Arpaio, Jello Biafra, Osama bin Laden
Documentary | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Nick Broomfield's second documentary on Aileen Carol Wuornos, a highway prostitute who was executed in 2002 for killing seven men in the state of Florida. This second installment includes the filmmaker's testimony at Wournous's trial.

Directors: Nick Broomfield, Joan Churchill
Stars: Aileen Wuornos, Nick Broomfield, Terry Humphreys-Slay
Documentary | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A documentary of the decline of America. It features a lot a great footage (most exclusive to this film) from race riots to serial killers and much-much more.

Directors: Sheldon Renan, Leonard Schrader
Stars: Chuck Riley, Ed Dorris, Thomas Noguchi
Documentary | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A documentary about one of Britain's most dangerous crime families and introduces us to its magnetic, larger-than-life leader, Dominic Noonan (aka Lattlay Fottfoy).

Director: Donal MacIntyre
Stars: Dominic Noonan
Man on Wire (2008)
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A look at tightrope walker Philippe Petit's daring, but illegal, high-wire routine performed between New York City's World Trade Center's twin towers in 1974, what some consider, "the artistic crime of the century."

Director: James Marsh
Stars: Philippe Petit, Jean François Heckel, Jean-Louis Blondeau
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A documentary about Roman Polanski, the man and filmmaker. Roman Polanski speaks about his eventful life story and career in conversation with Andrew Braunsberg, his former business partner, producer, and friend of many years.

Director: Laurent Bouzereau
Stars: Roman Polanski, Andrew Braunsberg, Catherine Deneuve
Documentary | Crime | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

An in-depth look at the torture practices of the United States in Afghanistan, Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, focusing on an innocent taxi driver in Afghanistan who was tortured and killed in 2002.

Director: Alex Gibney
Stars: Alex Gibney, Brian Keith Allen, Moazzam Begg
Bus 174 (2002)
Documentary | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Documentary depicts what happened in Rio de Janeiro on June 12th 2000, when bus 174 was taken by an armed young man, threatening to shoot all the passengers. Transmitted live on all ... See full summary »

Directors: José Padilha, Felipe Lacerda
Stars: Sandro do Nascimento, Rodrigo Pimentel, Luiz Eduardo Soares
Documentary | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

With a first-person look at the notorious Crips and Bloods, this film examines the conditions that have lead to decades of devastating gang violence among young African Americans growing up in South Los Angeles.

Director: Stacy Peralta
Stars: Jim Brown, Tony Muhammad, Forest Whitaker
Edit

Cast

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
...
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)
Edit

Storyline

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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The truth couldn't fit in the headlines.

Genres:

Documentary | Crime

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

|

Language:

| |

Release Date:

11 December 2008 (Greece)  »

Also Known As:

Polanski: Procurado e Desejado  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$59,192 (USA) (26 September 2008)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

Andrew Braunsberg: And in France, he's desired, and in America, he's wanted.
See more »

Connections

Features The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

Lullaby
Written by Krzysztof Komeda (as Christopher Komeda)
Sung by Mia Farrow
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The scandal: 44 year old man + 13 year old girl
19 June 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The title of the show means: while he's currently "wanted" in America (for arrest) and he's also "desired" (revered) in France, where he lives. That's quite a disparity.

If you aren't familiar with the sex scandal involving (then) 44 year old Polanski and a 13 year old Los Angeles girl, this documentary tells the story. The film catches up with the attorneys and associated individuals to tell the story. Because there is so much archival footage and current commentary by principals involved, including the girl, this film is probably the best source of information for the event.

Missing, of course, is current-day commentary of Polanski. However, there is a fair bit of archival footage presented in which he discusses the event.

I didn't know much about Polanski, but was intrigued to learn about his background. Apparently he and his parents were sent to a concentration camp where his mother died. During his rise to fame, he married Sharon Tate, who was tortured and murdered by the Manson family (she was pregnant with his son at the time). And there is more - including some details of the event and the strange judge involved.

One gripe about the show is the use of small text: if you're watching it on a small TV, you'll have to squint to try and read some of the text presented throughout the program. It is quite irritating.

However, all in all, the show was pretty fascinating. It's kind of reminiscent of the OJ Simpson event in some says. In this case though, Polanski seems to have been able to carry on with his career.


19 of 34 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Hollywood is crazy, so is this movie and Polanski's a creep ycontrol-8
Job well done judge! Where were you during the OJ Case? therealwillyd
Sharon Tate revellr
The real problem matt_sabre
Does Samantha have a father? vexata
Integration of Footage from Polanski's Films nycinephiles

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?