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Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired (2008)

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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Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 3 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Andrew Braunsberg ...
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
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Herself - Actress
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Himself (archive footage)
Istvan Bajzat ...
Himself - Photographer
Pierre-André Boutang ...
Himself - Polanski's Friend
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Himself (archive footage)
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Himself (archive footage)
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Guy Woodhouse (archive footage)
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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>

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The truth couldn't fit in the headlines.

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Documentary | Crime

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Unrated | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

11 December 2008 (Greece)  »

Also Known As:

Polanski: Procurado e Desejado  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$4,613 (USA) (13 July 2008)

Gross:

$59,192 (USA) (28 September 2008)
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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?

Quotes

Samantha Geimer: The worst part was... no one believed me.
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Connections

Featured in Larry King Live: Episode dated 6 January 2010 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Lullaby
Written by Krzysztof Komeda (as Christopher Komeda)
Sung by Mia Farrow
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Polanski shows us who we are
25 August 2014 | by (San Francisco CA) – See all my reviews

This documentary has an assemblage of facts and film footage that appear to have been thoroughly scrutinized. Part of the footage included defense attorney Dalton's explanations of how and why Polanski was forced to sign a document of guilt when he had clearly stated over and over again that he was innocent of the charges. Opening questions and answers from transcript testimony about the event seem to show two different stories being told. The facts were carefully presented so as not to side with either party but to recount the events leading up to and subsequent to the charges filed against Polanski. Sensationalism seems to be a big part of our culture's persona and we can choose to be swept away by our emotions or we can begin to put aside our filters of prejudice and fear and come to terms with actual events without theater calling the shots. This is the question that is haunting me after seeing this film.


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