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At Theaters: 9/6/2013 On Video:
Rated: PG-13 Length: 2 hr. 0 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 600174
Studio: Weinstein Co.
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SALINGER features interviews with 150 subjects including J.D. Salinger's friends, colleagues and members of his inner circle who have never spoken on the record before as well as film footage, photographs and other material that has never been seen. Additionally, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Edward Norton, John Cusack, Danny DeVito, John Guare, Martin Sheen, David Milch, Robert Towne, Tom Wolfe, E.L. Doctorow, Gore Vidal and Pulitzer Prize winners A. Scott Berg and Elizabeth Frank talk about Salinger's influence on their lives, their work and the broader culture. The film is the first work to get beyond the Catcher in the Rye author's meticulously built up wall: his childhood, painstaking work methods, marriages, private world and the secrets he left behind after his death in 2010.
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Documentary - This is a documentary about the reclusive late author J.D. Salinger, with some cameo appearances by celebrities such as Philip Seymour Hoffman and Edward Norton in talking head interviews. This is targeted at adult moviegoers interested in the author. There is some mild language and adult subject matter.
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Director: Shane Salerno Feature Film Debut
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PROFANITY: 2 miscellaneous profaniities.
VIOLENCE: Glimpses of dead bodies.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Frequent alcohol and tobacco.
ACTION: Footage of explosions.

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Roger Ebert Full Review
Below Average What little that is new or revelatory is quickly dispatched in favor of playing up the subject's 'mystery,' and the responses of fan after fan.

USA Today Full Review
Good Audiences don't need to be fans of the writer's work to find this documentary compelling and captivating.

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For more than fifty years, J.D. Salinger, the elusive author of The Catcher in the Rye, has been the subject of a relentless stream of newspaper and magazine articles as well as several biographies. Yet all of these attempts have been hampered by lack of access and the recycling of inaccurate information. Thus, Salinger has largely remained an enigma to the public and media alike. During the nine years in which SALINGER was in production -- including the six years while the project was being shot under wraps -- filmmaker Shane Salerno interviewed hundreds of people the world over, many of whom had previously declined to go on the record about their relationship with the iconic author. Salerno's much speculated-upon documentary, which has made front page news since 2010, offers direct eyewitness accounts from Salinger's World War II brothers-in-arms, his family members, his close friends, his lovers, his classmates, his neighbors, his editors, his publishers, his New Yorker colleagues, and people with whom he had relationships that were unknown even to his own family. Providing unparalleled access to never-before-published photographs, diaries, letters, legal records, and documents, the highly anticipated SALINGER paints a definitive portrait of one of the most fascinating figures of the twentieth century. Particularly illuminating the last fifty-six years of the writer's life -- a period that, until now, had remained completely dark to biographers -- Salerno has, for the first time, gotten beyond Salinger's meticulously built-up wall.
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