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At Theaters: 11/1/2002 On Video: 3/18/2003
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 41 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 409992
Studio: Sony Pictures Classics
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Bob Crane became well known as the star of television's hit comedy "Hogan's Heroes". Crane dove into the freewheeling spirit of the times with relish, having affairs with numerous women. Eventually, Crane teamed up with video technician John Carpenter to document his exploits, an association that may very well have led to his murder in a Scottsdale, Arizona motel room in 1978.
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Drama - Since this movie is about the life of a person involved heavily in pornography, it contains a great deal of sexual content. Otherwise, it's a rather sad and somewhat depressing drama that shows how a man's actions destroy his life.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Greg Kinnear WE WERE SOLDIERS, SOMEONE LIKE YOU, THE GIFT
Willem Dafoe SPIDER-MAN
Rita Wilson THE STORY OF US, JINGLE ALL THE WAY
Maria Bello DUETS, COYOTE UGLY, PAYBACK, PERMANENT MIDNIGHT
Ron Leibman PERSONAL VELOCITY
Director: Paul Schrader AFFLICTION
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About The Production
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 20 F-words, 2 GD's, 2 S-words, 6 A-words. Just a few others.
SEX/NUDITY: EXTREMELY GRAPHIC sexual activity and full frontal nudity!
VIOLENCE: Only one bloody scene.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Lots of drug and alcohol use throughout.
ACTION: None
COMEDY: None
DETAILED CONTENT
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Very Good

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Entertainment Weekly   Full Review
Very Good "A few economical lines of dialogue establish the depth of field in Auto Focus, Paul Schrader's artful, rigorous, and damned depressing morality tale fashioned out of one murdered man's real-life biography.''

James Berardinelli, Internet Critic  Full Review
Good "Auto Focus is loaded with sex and nudity, as might be expected from a film with this subject matter, but Schrader manages to keep things at a level where we never sense a whiff of exploitation. There's as much here (no more, no less) as is necessary for the story to be properly told.''

Roger Ebert  Full Review
Excellent "It seems to be 100 percent of Bob Crane's battle; there is nothing there except likability--no values, no self-awareness, no judgment, no perspective, not even an instinct for survival. Just likability, and the need to be liked in a sexual way every single day.''

TV Guide Online  Full Review
Very Good "...this ultra-stylish film is far more interested in exploring its own central metaphor — the camera — than the forensic minutia of the mystery.''

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OPINION OVERVIEW
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Make ABSOLUTELY SURE that you realize the type of story this is before deciding to see it! It is EXTREMELY sexual. This fact will make it a movie most will skip. The fact that it's also rather boring and in a way sad/depressing, should keep the rest of you from seeing Auto Focus. This is one true life story that is too seedy to be told in an entertaining way.

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