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Who the #$&% Is Jackson Pollock? (2006)

PG-13 | | Documentary | 9 November 2006 (USA)
In this documentary, veteran filmmaker Harry Moses exposes the controversy in the world of high priced artwork. He paints a vivid picture of how art is bought and sold in America.


Harry Morgan Moses (as Harry Moses)


Harry Morgan Moses (as Harry Moses)

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Cast overview:
Teri Horton Teri Horton ... Herself
Tod M. Volpe Tod M. Volpe ... Himself (as Tod Volpe)
Ben Heller Ben Heller ... Himself
Nick Carone Nick Carone ... Himself
John Myatt John Myatt ... Himself
Peter Paul Biro Peter Paul Biro ... Himself
Thomas Hoving Thomas Hoving ... Himself
Jeffrey Bergen Jeffrey Bergen ... Himself
Joseph D. Beam Joseph D. Beam ... Himself (as Joe Beam)
Judy Hill Judy Hill ... Herself
Teri Paquin Teri Paquin ... Herself
Bill Page Bill Page ... Himself
Ron Spencer Ron Spencer ... Himself
Allan Stone Allan Stone ... Himself
Adrienne Wilde Adrienne Wilde ... Herself


In this documentary, veteran filmmaker Harry Moses exposes the controversy in the world of high priced artwork. He paints a vivid picture of how art is bought and sold in America.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 November 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Finding Jackson Pollock See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,526, 19 November 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$12,571, 24 November 2006
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Teri Horton: Everybody knows that a fairy tale starts out 'Once Upon a Time', but a truck drivers tale starts out you 'ain't gonna believe this shit'!
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References The Right Stuff (1983) See more »

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29 May 2007 | by vegasiteSee all my reviews

There's this old joke about a small town exhibit of Norman Rockwell paintings where a snobbish big city critic is trashing the art at every turn.

"We know why you don't like this art". says a local.

"And why is that?" asks the critic.

"Because we don't need you to tell us if it's any good!"

And thus, this film begs the question, "Is collecting modern art about art or collecting autographs?"

This HBO documentary details the adventures of Teri Horton (Tugboat Annie of the Trailer Park and professional dumpster diver); a small town gal finding herself in possession of what might very well be an original Jackson Pollock potentially worth millions and sets out to prove its authenticity. Herein lies the rub of modern art; "If you don't know who did it, is it any good"? We watch as the painting is wagged from pompous art critics to curious aficionados, business persons and forensic specialists each with their own take and assessment of authenticity. Little of which has anything to do with the actual art on the canvas.

Here is a fascinating look at the facade of modern art and the stuffed shirts who make cowardly proclamations regarding authenticity while avoiding the content of the painting itself.

Interesting stuff whether you like modern art or not; and while Ms. Horton's rural irascibility wears mighty thin by the end of the film, there's enough fun and insight to give anyone an art lesson.

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