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The truth couldn't fit in the headlines.
Examines the public scandal and private tragedy which led to legendary filmmaker Roman Polanski's sudden flight from the United States. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 3 wins & 13 nominations See more »
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Interesting, yet not hard enough on the main character See more (44 total) »


  (in credits order)
Andrew Braunsberg ... Himself - Producer & Polanski's Friend
Richard Brenneman ... Himself - Reporter, Santa Monica Evening Outlook
Douglas Dalton ... Himself - Attorney for the Defense (also archive footage)
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

Mia Farrow ... Herself - Actress (also archive footage)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Pedro Almodóvar ... Himself (archive footage)
Istvan Bajzat ... Himself - Photographer
Pierre-André Boutang ... Himself - Polanski's Friend

Nicolas Cage ... Himself (archive footage)

Michael Caine ... Himself (archive footage)

John Cassavetes ... Guy Woodhouse (archive footage)

Dick Cavett ... Himself (archive footage)
Furnell Chatman ... Himself (archive footage)

Joan Collins ... Herself (archive footage)

Stephen Daldry ... Himself (archive footage)

Catherine Deneuve ... Herself / Carole Ledoux (archive footage)

Faye Dunaway ... (archive footage)

Harrison Ford ... Himself (archive footage)
Jim Grodin ... Himself
Robin Groth ... Himself (archive footage)
Roger Gunson ... Himself

Gene Gutowski ... Himself
Russell Harty ... Himself (archive footage)

Hugh Hefner ... Himself (archive footage) (as Hugh M. Hefner)
Hanna Hertelendy ... Herself (as Hanna Landy)

Mick Jagger ... Himself (archive footage)
Clive James ... Himself
Ken Jones ... Himself (archive footage)

Hawk Koch ... Himself
Ronald Markman ... Himself (as Dr. Ronald Markman)

Rob Marshall ... Himself (archive footage)

Daniel Melnick ... Himself
Hans Mollinger ... Himself

Jack Nicholson ... Himself / Jack Gittes (archive footage)

Barbara Parkins ... Herself (archive footage)

Roman Polanski ... Himself (archive footage)
Claus Preute ... Himself
Elliot Rittenband ... Himself - Nephew
Laurence J. Rittenband ... Himself (archive footage)
Marlene Roden ... Herself
Marv Ryver ... Himself (archive footage)

Jay Sebring ... Himself (archive footage)
Lorenzo Semple Jr. ... Himself
Fred Sidewater ... Himself
Lawrence M. Silver ... Himself (as Lawrence Silver)

Terence Stamp ... Himself (archive footage)

Meryl Streep ... Herself (archive footage)
Anthea Sylbert ... Herself
Debra Tate ... Herself

Sharon Tate ... Herself / Sarah Shagal (archive footage)
Stephen S. Trott ... Himself (archive footage)
Diane Tschekaloff ... Herself
Philip Vannatter ... Himself

Mike Wallace ... Himself (archive footage)

Leonor Watling ... Herself (archive footage)
David Wells ... Himself

Directed by
Marina Zenovich 
Writing credits
Joe Bini (written by) &
P.G. Morgan (written by) &
Marina Zenovich (written by)

Produced by
Nancy Abraham .... senior producer: Home Box Office
Nick Fraser .... executive producer: BBC
Jeffrey Kusama-Hinte .... producer (as Jeffrey Levy-Hinte)
P.G. Morgan .... co-producer
Steven Soderbergh .... executive producer
Michelle Sullivan .... associate producer
Randy Wooten .... executive producer
Lila Yacoub .... producer
Marina Zenovich .... producer
Original Music by
Mark De Gli Antoni 
Cinematography by
Tanja Koop 
Film Editing by
Joe Bini 
Production Management
James Debbs .... post-production supervisor
Sound Department
Tyler Bender .... production sound
Shaun Brennan .... foley artist
Tom Efinger .... re-recording mixer
Tom Efinger .... sound supervisor
Eric Gitelson .... foley engineer
Dan Gleich .... production sound
Will Hansen .... production sound
Kamal John Iskander .... sound mixer (as John Iskander)
Michael Klinger .... re-recording mixer
Antoine Mercier .... sound
John Moros .... sound editor
Robert Purvis .... sound mixer
Adam Rabinowitz .... sound mixer
Jeff Seelye .... assistant sound editor
D.D. Stenehjem .... sound editor
Scott Stolz .... production sound
Gary Tomaro .... sound mixer
Visual Effects by
Deepak Chetty .... motion graphics artist
Keith Eng .... visual effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Tim Clarke .... assistant camera
Scott Sniffen .... operator: additional photography
Editorial Department
Brian Addie .... assistant editor
Will Cox .... colorist
Amy M. Fleming .... assistant editor
Jay Freund .... editorial consultant
Tyler Hubby .... additional editor
Jennifer Hall Lee .... digital intermediate editor (as Jennifer Lee)
Jonathan Liebert .... digital cinema mastering
Liz Shannon Miller .... post-production assistant
Charlie Rokosny .... assistant on-line editor
Jeremy Talcott .... assistant editor
Lee Wimer .... color timer
Gail Yasunaga .... additional editor
Taylor Zerbey .... post-production intern
Music Department
Mark De Gli Antoni .... music arranger
Christopher Guardino .... music consultant
Anna Lascurain .... music coordinator
Sara Matarazzo .... co-music supervisor
Joe Rudge .... music supervisor
Other crew
Géraldine Barón .... transcriber
Michael Donaldson .... clearance counsel
Mariah Breitel Hembree .... post script services (as Mariah Breitel)
Jonathan Joshua Johnson .... archival clearance (as Jonathan J. Johnson)
Gerry Kim .... archival clearance
Dana O'Keefe .... sales agent
Elaine Raskin .... transcriber
Jon Silver .... production intern
Michelle Sullivan .... researcher
Géraldine Sérafini .... production coordinator
Adam Bardach .... special thanks
Elia Bini .... thanks
Donna M. Fields .... acknowledgment: archival footage provided by
Maya Hawke .... thanks

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Andrew Braunsberg:And in France, he's desired, and in America, he's wanted.See more »
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9 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Interesting, yet not hard enough on the main character, 8 October 2009
Author: Niklas Pivic from Stockholm, Sweden

This HBO documentary is not about Roman Polanski's entire life. In fact, it is to the greatest extent centered in the court case from which he fled in 1978, where he was sentenced for unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, in fact a 13-year-old girl. A lot of archive footage is used and is very well-edited to paint a picture of a great director who has battled a lot of turmoils in life (most notably the murder of his wife, Sharon Tate). A lot of judicial figures are interviewed in depth regarding the court case, the very peculiar (and probably criminal) judge Rittenband, along with journalists from the time and friends of Polanski. The music - mostly period jazz - is used very nicely, often alongside period snippets from TV news. The main character is not interviewed for this documentary, and while I feel the documentary skirts away too much from Polanski's pedophile act, his victim has since forgiven him and there are a couple of interesting facts about her mother's role in the case. All in all this is a good documentary about the chilling events surrounding a human being who happens to be a world-renowned film-director. By the way, David Wells has admitted to lying in the documentary, and it's interesting to see if anything will really happen to Polanski now that he - 31 years after fleeing the USA - is arrested in Switzerland because of his outstanding punishment.

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