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Salinger (2013)

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An unprecedented look inside the private world of J.D. Salinger, the reclusive author of The Catcher in the Rye.

Director:

Shane Salerno
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Cast

Credited cast:
Philip Seymour Hoffman ... Himself
Edward Norton ... Himself
John Cusack ... Himself
Martin Sheen ... Himself
Tom Wolfe ... Himself
Gore Vidal ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stephen Adly Guirgis ... Himself
Judd Apatow ... Himself
A. Scott Berg A. Scott Berg ... Himself
Tony Bill ... Himself
Todd Brandenburg Todd Brandenburg ... Salinger
Glenn Gordon Caron ... Himself
Danny DeVito ... Himself
E.L. Doctorow ... Himself
Elizabeth Frank Elizabeth Frank ... Herself
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An unprecedented look inside the private world of J.D. Salinger, the reclusive author of The Catcher in the Rye.

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Uncover the mystery. See more »

Genres:

Documentary

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for disturbing war images, thematic elements and smoking | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 September 2013 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Gåtan J. D. Salinger See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$86,956, 6 September 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$575,775, 13 October 2013
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Company Credits

Production Co:

The Story Factory See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Shows the last ever photographs of J. D. Salinger See more »

Goofs

Oona O'Neill is stated to have dated Orson Welles before she met J.D. Salinger. This is incorrect, and it is unlikely that they met more than once if they knew each other at all. See more »

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Impressive breadth
6 December 2013 | by d_rishelSee all my reviews

My Friday Video recommendation: Saw this recently and I was impressed. I'm not sure if it was the film or if it was the story of his life (which I did not know). I suppose, for either reason, my liking it was a nod to the filmmaker. What is most impressive about this film is its breadth. It takes you from his youth, through his service in WW II and after and it weaves his life and the writing together, all in the context of the history of the 20th century. It does a really good job of putting you into the mood of the moment as it moves you along, letting your thoughts and feelings evolve as you discover more and more as it happened. It also seemed to take you on a mental journey similar to what people must have thought of him over the years; from when he was fresh and just published--what a sensation--and how that must have changed over the years as we learn more about the man and who & what he is inside. The filmmakers talked with hundreds of people--people of stature and those from his personal life--and shot hours and hours of interviews and conversations to put it together. The film does not adore him and it does not vilify him; or perhaps it does both. I could have lived without some of the "dramatic reenactments," but I suppose they filled the visual scene while the narrative unspooled. If you have read "the book" and ever wanted to learn more, or if you have an interest in Salinger, I do recommend this.


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