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Focus (2001)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 2 May 2002 (Australia)
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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... See full summary »

Director:

Neal Slavin

Writers:

Arthur Miller (novel), Kendrew Lascelles (screenplay)
2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William H. Macy ... Lawrence Newman
Laura Dern ... Gertrude Hart
David Paymer ... Mr. Finkelstein
Meat Loaf ... Fred (as Meat Loaf Aday)
Kay Hawtrey ... Mrs. Newman
Michael Copeman ... Carlson
Kenneth Welsh ... Father Crighton
Joseph Ziegler ... Mr. Gargan
Arlene Meadows Arlene Meadows ... Mrs. Dewitt
Peter Oldring ... Willy Doyle
Robert McCarrol Robert McCarrol ... Meeting Hall Man (as Robert Mccarrol)
Shaun Austin-Olsen Shaun Austin-Olsen ... Sullivan
Kevin Jubinville ... Mr. Cole Stevens
B.J. McQueen B.J. McQueen ... Mel
Conrad Bergschneider ... Tough's Leader
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Storyline

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

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 May 2002 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Foco See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,139, 21 October 2001

Gross USA:

$645,418

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$645,418
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Trailers for the film erroneously credit Meat Loaf and 'Michael Lee Aday.' See more »

Goofs

Just after Mr. Newman has been attacked, one of the frames on his glasses is obviously bent. However, when he enters Mr. Finkelstein's shop just seconds later, his glasses are in perfect shape. See more »

Quotes

Lawrence 'Larry' Newman: Really, Gertrude, I never stop thinking about you. It's like I've been thinking about you for years. That's why you struck me so the first time I saw you.
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Crazy Credits

In Loving Memory of Frieda Oline Burkhart See more »

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

Soundtracks

My First Love
Written by Ruth Lowe and Mack David (as David Mack)
Performed by Jan Garber's Orchestra
Published by Music Sales Corp. / Universal MCA Music Publishing
A Division of Universal Studios, Inc. (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Circle Records, New Orleans, LA
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Less Is More
17 December 2013 | by mwpmSee all my reviews

What can be said about judging books by their covers can also be said of judging films by their posters. In the case of "Focus" I was drawn as much to its poster, a brilliant B&W photograph, as for its star, William H. Macy (featured prominently in the poster). The poster was reminiscent of Straw Dogs, and from that I expected a film of the same quality, a film that exercised the same subtlety and control, undoubtedly building to a similar violent climax (punctuated by the calm that preceded). But from the first scene of the film, a dream sequence that depicted a carousel (an overt metaphor for the cycle of hate that spins out of control - not unlike the film itself) I knew that my expectations would be disappointed. The sequence, aside from being gratuitous, wasn't particularly interesting - visually - and would have been better used as the background for the opening credits. Instead, the opening credits interrupt the film shortly thereafter. The dream, however, never ends, and we, the audience, are propelled deeper and deeper into a nightmare of shoddy filmmaking. There were moments when I hoped the film would improve, but ultimately the various talents that went into this film were wasted.


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