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Capturing the Friedmans ()


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Documentary on the Friedmans, a seemingly typical, upper-middle-class Jewish family whose world is instantly transformed when the father and his youngest son are arrested and charged with... See more »

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Cast

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Arnold Friedman ...
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Elaine Friedman ...
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Seth Friedman ...
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John McDermott ...
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Frances Galasso ...
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Anthony Sgeugloi ...
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Chuck Scarborough ...
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Joseph Onorato ...
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Judd Maltin ...
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Howard Friedman ...
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Abbey Boklan ...
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Ron Georgalis ...
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Scott Banks ...
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Debbie Nathan ...
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Jerry Bernstein ...
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Peter Panaro ...
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Lloyd Doppman ...
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Jack Fallin ...
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Directed by

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Andrew Jarecki

Produced by

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Peter Bove ... line producer (as Peter D. Bové)
Richard Hankin ... co-producer
Andrew Jarecki ... producer
Jaye Nydick ... line producer
Jennifer Rogen ... associate producer
Marc Smerling ... producer

Music by

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Andrea Morricone

Cinematography by

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Adolfo Doring

Film Editing by

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Richard Hankin

Editorial Department

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Rick Barlis ... color corrector
John Dowdell ... colorist: high definition (as John Dowdell III)
Peter Heady ... on-line editor: HDTV
Danny Hogan ... assistant on-line editor
Aaron Johnson ... assistant editor
Allison Raskind ... additional assistant editor
Patricia Sztaba ... negative cutter
Stan Sztaba ... negative cutter

Art Direction by

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Nava Lubelski

Production Management

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Tanya Barr ... production manager
Jose A. Barrios ... production manager
Alex Carone ... production manager
Rafael Estrella ... production manager
Caroline Findlay ... production manager
Christopher J. Grunke ... production manager
Thom Little ... production manager
Robert Warmflash ... post-production supervisor

Art Department

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Liz Campbell ... swing
Nava Lubelski ... props

Sound Department

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Nathan Crooker ... additional sound
Mariusz Glabinski ... assistant sound editor
Piotr Glabinski ... apprentice sound editor
Marlena Grzaslewicz ... sound editor
John Gurrin ... sound mixer
Dustin Hudson ... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Bruce Kitzmeyer ... sound editor
Desiree Ortiz ... additional sound
Ira Spiegel ... sound editor
Peter Waggoner ... sound mixer

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Steve Chiarello ... visual effects
Kevin Quinlan ... visual effects
Mark Szumski ... visual effects
John Zawisha ... visual effects

Camera and Electrical Department

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Charlie Beyer ... additional photographer
Rebecca Brillhart ... assistant camera
Jesse Cory ... key grip
John Dreyer ... gaffer
Brian Jackson ... additional photographer
Chris Johnson ... gaffer
David Kuhn ... stills photographer
Aaron Phillips ... additional photographer
Rossana Rizzo ... assistant camera
Roger Sherman ... still photographer
Marc Smerling ... additional photographer
Tim Spellman ... gaffer
Ari Issler ... assistant camera (uncredited)

Location Management

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Matt Whitcher ... location manager (as Matthew Whitcher)

Music Department

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Matthew Abbott ... music clearances (as Mathew Abbott)
Damiano Antinori ... assistant score engineer
Jim Black ... music clearances
Enrico DeMelis ... music coordinator (as Enrico De Melis)
Andrea Morricone ... conductor / music editor / orchestrator
Gianni Oddi ... musician: saxophone soloist
Alessia Patregnani ... music facilitator
Luciano Torani ... music mixer
Fabio Venturi ... music recording engineer / score mixing engineer
Rocco Zifarelli ... musician: guitar solos

Transportation Department

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Christopher Pollard ... genny driver

Other crew

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Nancy Baker ... creative consultant
Steve Beganyi ... production assistant
Brian Cahill ... production assistant
Mike Campbell ... production assistant
John Carlucci ... production assistant
Al Cerullo ... helicopter pilot
Mark Chamlin ... legal counsel (as Marc Chamlin)
Robert Coles ... particularly good advice (as Dr. Robert Coles)
John Cumberland ... production assistant
Michael Darmanin ... title designer
John Dowdell ... datacine operator (as John Dowdell III)
Cory Gibson ... production assistant
Erin Heidenreich ... sales agent
David Hurlburt ... production assistant
Victor Kovner ... legal counsel
Albert Maysles ... particularly good advice
Pat McNulty ... production assistant
Gary Mennitt ... legal counsel
Earl Nemser ... particularly good advice
Sheila Nevins ... particularly good advice
Mike Nichols ... particularly good advice
Martin Obysovsky ... production assistant
Eric Rosenthal ... production assistant
Diane Sawyer ... particularly good advice
Jamieson Shea ... assistant to producer
Mark Townsend ... production assistant

Thanks

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J.J. Abrams ... special thanks
Katie Abrams ... special thanks
André Balazs ... special thanks
Paul Barnes ... special thanks
Jeff Bushkin ... special thanks
Dado Carillo ... special thanks
Michael Chandler ... special thanks
Gavin de Becker ... special thanks (as Gavin DeBecker)
Griffin Dunne ... special thanks
Alexa L. Fogel ... special thanks (as Alexa Fogel)
Katie Ford ... special thanks
Liz Garbus ... special thanks
Robin Gattegno ... special thanks
Mark Golin ... special thanks
Mark Green ... special thanks
Rob Gukeisen ... special thanks
Robin Hafitz ... special thanks
Jim Hart ... special thanks
Lisa Heller ... special thanks
Dawn Hershman ... special thanks
Ellen Hovde ... special thanks
Gloria Jarecki ... special thanks
Nancy Jarecki ... very special thanks
Jeong Ho Kim ... special thanks
Greg Kinnear ... special thanks
Barbara Kopple ... special thanks
Helen Labdon ... special thanks (as Helen Kinnear)
Ken Lanning ... special thanks
Tom Lassally ... special thanks
Ted Leonsis ... special thanks
Bryan Lourd ... special thanks
Michael Lynton ... special thanks
Gary Mennitt ... special thanks
Paul Mones ... special thanks
Julie Moran ... special thanks
Rob Moran ... special thanks
Giovanni Morricone ... special thanks
David Doc O'Connor ... special thanks (as David O'Connor)
Sanford Panitch ... special thanks
Hutch Parker ... special thanks
Bob Pittman ... special thanks
Veronique Pittman ... special thanks
Mikal Reich ... special thanks
Howard Rosenman ... special thanks
Stefanie Scheer ... special thanks
Alex Silveira ... special thanks
Carly Simon ... special thanks
David Spinozza ... special thanks
Kipp Stroden ... special thanks
James Taylor ... special thanks
Michael Wimer ... special thanks
Jacy Young ... special thanks

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

In the late 1980's, the Friedmans - father and respected computer and music teacher Arnold Friedman, mother and housewife Elaine Friedman, and their three grown sons, David Friedman, Seth Friedman and Jesse Friedman - of Great Neck, Long Island, are seemingly your typical middle class American family. They all admit that the marriage was by no means close to being harmonious - Arnold and Elaine eventually got divorced - but the sons talk of their father, while also not being always there for them, as being a good man. This façade of respectability masks the fact that Arnold was buying and distributing child pornography. Following a sting operation to confirm this fact, the authorities began to investigate Arnold for sexual abuse of the minor-aged male students of his computer classes, which he held in the basement of the family home. Based on interviews with the students, not only was Arnold charged with and ultimately convicted of multiple counts of sodomy and sexual abuse of these boys but so was eighteen year old Jesse, who was mentioned by many as the aggressor of the two in the acts. Arnold admitted that he is a pedophile, but that he did not abuse the boys in his class as charged and convicted. The trial process brought out the dysfunction that previously existed within the family. But the issue of Arnold and Jesse's guilt of these acts is hotly debated among the family, among the authorities, among the media and among the students of the computer classes. Written by Huggo

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Taglines Who do you believe? See more »
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Also Known As
  • En families hemmelighed (Denmark)
  • Una storia americana - Capturing the Friedmans (Italy)
  • Elfogták Friedmanékat (Hungary)
  • Na Captura dos Friedmans (Brazil)
  • A Captura dos Friedmans (Brazil)
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  • 107 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United States $65,154, 01 Jun 2003

Did You Know?

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Trivia Director/producer Andrew Jarecki was in the process of making a documentary about people who work as children's birthday party clowns in New York which led to the discovery of David Friedman's story. David Friedman was considered the most successful of the city's party clowns. The resulting clown documentary, Just a Clown (2004), is included as an extra on the DVD for this movie. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Playgirl/Peter Gorman/Capturing the Friedmans (2003). See more »
Soundtracks Act Naturally See more »
Crazy Credits Only the immediate members of the Friedman family (listed 1-5) are credited in a standard cast list. The other cast members are identified by on-screen graphics. See more »

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