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Auto Focus (2002)

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The life of TV star Bob Crane and his strange friendship with electronics expert John Henry Carpenter.

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Paul Schrader
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Greg Kinnear ... Bob Crane
Willem Dafoe ... John Carpenter
Rita Wilson ... Anne Crane
Maria Bello ... Patricia Olson / Patrica Crane / Sigrid Valdis
Ron Leibman ... Lenny
Bruce Solomon Bruce Solomon ... Edward H. Feldman
Michael E. Rodgers ... Richard Dawson (as Michael Rodgers)
Kurt Fuller ... Werner Klemperer
Christopher Neiman ... Robert Clary
Lyle Kanouse ... John Banner
DonnaMarie Recco ... Melissa / Mistress Victoria (as Donnamarie Recco)
Ed Begley Jr. ... Mel Rosen
Michael McKean ... Video Executive
Cheryl Lynn Bowers ... Cynthia Lynn
Don McManus ... Priest
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Storyline

In 1965, Bob Crane, who had achieved some earlier success as a television supporting actor, was working as a successful morning radio DJ at KNX Los Angeles. Despite enjoying his work, photography (especially of the female form) and drumming, Crane wanted to be a movie star. So it was with some reluctance that he accepted the title starring role in a new television sitcom called Hogan's Heroes (1965), a WWII POW comedy. To his surprise, the show became a hit and catapulted him to television stardom. The fame resulting from the show led to excesses and a meeting with home video salesman and technician John Carpenter, with who he would form a friendship based on their mutual interests, namely excessive sex (for Crane, purely heterosexual sex) and capturing nude females on celluloid. His fame allowed Crane to have as much sex as he wanted, which was incongruent to his somewhat wholesome television friendly image, and the way he portrayed himself to almost everyone except Carpenter and his... Written by Huggo

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A day without sex is a day wasted.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality, nudity, language, some drug use and violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Autofocus See more »

Filming Locations:

Mecca, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$123,761, 20 October 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,062,066, 26 January 2003
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Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The LED watch that Carpenter uses to entice women throughout the movie is inspired by an actual watch sold in the back of pornographic magazines in the 1970s-80s. Offered by a company named Leisure Time Products, the watch was gold toned with a black faux-lizard skin band; unlike the watch in the film, it was analogue, and its' face was emblazoned with the phrase "TIME TO FUCK," which would illuminate red every thirty seconds. The watch retailed for the modern equivalent of ~$150. See more »

Goofs

When Crane's photographs are spread across the floor, we see small black lettering on the back of each print. This black lettering is a computer printout of exposure information, used by photo lab machines only since the 1980s, long after the movie's setting in the late '60s/early '70s. See more »

Quotes

John Carpenter: Do you know what time it is? It's FUCK time!
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Alternate Versions

The following deleted scenes appear on the DVD:
  • Victoria finds Bob's body.
  • Hogan's Heroes Montage
  • Bob unloads drums and some dirty magazines fall out.
  • Anne and Bob talking by the pool.
  • Anne in the darkroom.
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Referenced in Curb Your Enthusiasm: Wandering Bear (2004) See more »

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Tree's March
Written and Performed by Tree Adams and Michael Jerome
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The Weird Story Of Bob Crane
19 March 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

As anyone who is reading this knows, this was the story of TV's Bob Crane, star of "Hogan's Heroes," a popular show in the 1960s. The story of Crane, the one that makes him a subject of a major motion picture of his life, are two things: 1 - the good-guy TV hero was, behind the scenes, a huge sex addict; 2 - he was murdered, with no one ever convicted of the crime. To this day, it is still unsolved.

The movie hints very strongly that the killer was Bob Carpenter, played here by Willem Dafoe. Carpenter was a close friend of Crane's. Greg Kinnear does a credible job of portraying the television star.

However, the part about Crane's murder is only dealt with in the final minutes of the film! That was very disappointing and I was hoping to find out something or at least be given more information. They just kind tacked this on the end of the film.

Most of the film was about Crane's and Carpenter's escapades with women.....lots of women, beautiful and big-chested women, which you see in abundance in this film. Dafoe is the sleazy friend who introduces Crane to the beginning of the VCR age. That led to a whole bunch of sex-on-film and really whetted Crane's big sexual appetite.

Anyway, for people who watched "Hogan's Heroes," and there were plenty, this is a bio of him and perhaps, for those who know nothing about his death, who killed him.


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