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Dirty Pictures (2000)

R | | Drama | TV Movie 27 May 2000
A Cincinnati museum director goes on trial in 1990 for exhibiting sadomasochistic photographs taken by Robert Mapplethorpe.

Director:

Frank Pierson

Writer:

Ilene Chaiken
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Woods ... Dennis Barrie
Craig T. Nelson ... Sheriff Simon Leis
Diana Scarwid ... Dianne Barrie
Leon Pownall Leon Pownall ... Mr. Prouty
Matt North Matt North ... Monty Lobb
David Huband ... H. Louis Sirkin
Judah Katz ... Mark Mizibov
Rachael Crawford ... Ann Bosworth
Marnie McPhail ... Reising
R.D. Reid R.D. Reid ... Judge Albanese
Allegra Fulton ... Angela
Michele Muzzi Michele Muzzi ... Brenda
Martin Roach ... Ed
Tony De Santis ... Floyd
Kenneth McGregor Kenneth McGregor ... Gil
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Fact-based story about the court proceedings that followed Cincinnati art museum director Dennis Barrie after his decision to display a controversial art exhibit by photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. The proceedings start with an inflamed County Sheriff who is determined to put Barrie in jail. A grand jury established to determine whether the sexually explicit photographs were obscene found seven of the pictures to possibly be obscene. The seven pictures depicted nude children, a man ramming his fist up another man's anus, and man with his finger in his penis. Other pictures in the exhibit did depict explicit nudity and sexual connotation. An obviously biased judge made derisive decisions throughout the trial. The strain of the trial also placed Barrie's marriage under duress, which ultimately led to his wife divorcing him, and led to Barrie's children being derided and physically attacked by their classmates. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Rated R for nude and sexual images and for related dialogue | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 May 2000 (USA) See more »

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James Woods: Hollywoods greatest actor?
22 March 2001 | by yeadurSee all my reviews

This admirable, intelligent if occasionally formulaic TVM (it deserved to be more widely screened) makes me ask why James Woods is not acknowledged as America's best film actor? Think about it: who is a serious contender? The equally prolific but perhaps more limited de Niro? Tom Hanks (come on!)? Tom Cruise (you must be joking!)? Jack Nicholson, perhaps, in his day, which isn't now, alas? The comparable Brian Dennehey: masterly, but I think Woods has the edge. Give the man an Oscar, please! ******


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