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Focus (2001)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 2 May 2002 (Australia)
In the waning months of World War II, a man and his wife are mistakenly identified as Jews by their anti-Semitic Brooklyn neighbors. Suddenly the victims of religious and racial persecution... See full summary »

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Father Crighton
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Mr. Cole Stevens
B.J. McQueen ...
Mel
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In the waning months of World War II, a man and his wife are mistakenly identified as Jews by their anti-Semitic Brooklyn neighbors. Suddenly the victims of religious and racial persecution, they find themselves aligned with a local Jewish immigrant in a struggle for dignity and survival. Written by Anonymous

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Everything Is About To Become Very Clear

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Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for thematic material, violence and some sexual content | See all certifications »
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Foco  »

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$24,139, 21 October 2001, Limited Release

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$717,820, 17 March 2002
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Neal Slavin claimed to have wanted to make this film since college. See more »

Goofs

About halfway through the movie, Larry and Gert are in an automobile. There is a vinyl "Sport Grip Steering Wheel Cover" laced around the steering wheel of the car. It is noticeable due to its distinctive pattern of perforations and cushioning. This item was not in existence in 1944, the year the movie is set in. See more »

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Finkelstein: They are a gang of devils and they want this country!
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In Loving Memory of Frieda Oline Burkhart See more »

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Version of Theatre 625: Focus (1966) See more »

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Shivers
(1940)
Written by Charlie Christian and Lionel Hampton
Performed by The Benny Goodman Sextet featuring Charlie Christian
Published by Regent Music Corp. (BMI)
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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It's not just about the glasses.
13 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

Others' main criticism of this film--namely that Macy suddenly looks Jewish upon donning his glasses--is misplaced. The glasses are just the little bit of change needed to CONVINCE others he's a Jew. The scene in which he says to his boss, (paraphrasing) "but you KNOW what my background is," along with another discussion with his mother, suggests that he's had to fight this same assumption in the past. The glasses now make him look just Jewish enough to "confirm" his neighbors' and co-workers' existing suspicions. Then there is his new wife's large nose and taste for loud clothes, which OF COURSE means she's Jewish. The whole point of the film is how those little stereotypical nothings become the entire basis for judging others.

If he has a lisp, he must be gay. If he has long hair, he smokes dope. If he's Hispanic, he's got a knife...and if he has round black glasses and he's slight of build, he must be Jewish. Those statements all sound equally (im)plausible to me. If the conclusion people were jumping to in Focus was reasonable, the whole point of the story would be lost.


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