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Pollock (2000)

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A film about the life and career of the American painter, Jackson Pollock.


Ed Harris


Steven Naifeh (book), Gregory White Smith (book) | 2 more credits »
Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Ed Harris ... Jackson Pollock
Robert Knott ... Sande Pollock
Molly Regan Molly Regan ... Arloie Pollock
Marcia Gay Harden ... Lee Krasner
Sada Thompson ... Stella Pollock
Eulala Scheel ... Arloie's Baby (as Eulala Grace Harden)
Matthew Sussman Matthew Sussman ... Reuben Kadish
Bud Cort ... Howard Putzel
Amy Madigan ... Peggy Guggenheim
Everett Quinton Everett Quinton ... James Johnson Sweeney
Annabelle Gurwitch ... May Rosenberg
John Rothman ... Harold Rosenberg
John Heard ... Tony Smith
Kenny Scharf Kenny Scharf ... William Baziotes
Tom McGuinness Tom McGuinness ... Franz Kline


A portrayal of a mental illness living in an artist or an artist living with mental illness; alcohol was the self prescribed medication. Obviously what threw pollack over the edge was the end of his 15 minutes of fame. Sad that an artists worth only appreciates after there is no more production. Typically the ego is so inflated after the galactic interlude, the spiral into normalcy is self destructive. I've seen it happen in people not so famous, but equally talented in their profession.

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A True Portrait of Life and Art.


Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

Sony Pictures Classics





Release Date:

23 March 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pollock, o asymvivastos See more »

Filming Locations:

Long Island, New York, USA See more »


Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$44,244, 17 December 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$8,596,914, 22 July 2001

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,558,970, 31 December 2001
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Second film that Marcia Gay Harden and Jeffrey Tambor appear in together. The first being Meet Joe Black (1998) See more »


As the documentary filmmaker is filming Pollock painting, Pollock's footwear changes from "painting boots" to shoes and back to boots. See more »


[first lines]
Jackson Pollock: [drunk] Who's the greatest drummer in the world?
Sande Pollock: What?
Jackson Pollock: Krupa
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Featured in The 73rd Annual Academy Awards (2001) See more »


Mahogany Hall Stomp
Written by Spencer Williams
Performed by Louis Armstrong
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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19 December 2000 | by tgulottaSee all my reviews

While this film is flooded with holes in Pollacks short career, we do get a glimpse of his struggle and process. I was sorry that a few other notable artist that were a part of Pollacks art scene were not portrayed during this great period of time. Mark Rothko, Louise Nevelson and Robert Motherwell to name a few. Also, Pollack worked as a security guard at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York for a short time. This environment was partly responsible for exposing him to the dominant European invasion of art in America. I would have liked more in depth insights into why Pollack began painting and why he was so tortured. Ed Harris does a fine job with the material he was working with, but they could have covered more bases in Pollacks life and I know Harris would have stepped up to the plate.

In one scene Pollack is pacing back and forth in front of a large blank canvass. It is a stunning scene watching his shadow run along that large white surface waiting for the moment he would begin to paint. Another scene takes us to East Hampton where he is kneeling down out in the salt marshes staring into a tide pool. Just this pose alone suggests a precursor to removing the canvass from the wall and placing it on the floor.

There are a few quiet moments that capture the subtle Pollack and I wish they explored more in this direction. In so many of these artist portrayals the essence of the process and inspiration gets lost in the drama of their personalities.

However, this movie takes on an ambitious man and an ambitious time in American Art. I was grateful to have seen with my own eyes several Pollack shows over the years and to have studied and experimented myself with Abstract Expressionism.

I think Ed Harris and Marcia Gay Harden should be nominated for their incredible portrayals of these two great artists. Moreover, whether you know a great deal about Pollack, this film will allow you to glimpse into the life of Jackson, but it will also expose you to his wonderful partner, Lee Krasner.

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