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Kinsey (2004)

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A look at the life of Alfred Kinsey, a pioneer in the area of human sexuality research, whose 1948 publication "Sexual Behavior in the Human Male" was one of the first recorded works that saw science address sexual behavior.

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Bill Condon

Writer:

Bill Condon
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 17 wins & 50 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Liam Neeson ... Alfred Kinsey
Laura Linney ... Clara McMillen
Chris O'Donnell ... Wardell Pomeroy
Peter Sarsgaard ... Clyde Martin
Timothy Hutton ... Paul Gebhard
John Lithgow ... Alfred Seguine Kinsey
Tim Curry ... Thurman Rice
Oliver Platt ... Herman Wells
Dylan Baker ... Alan Gregg
Julianne Nicholson ... Alice Martin
William Sadler ... Kenneth Braun
John McMartin ... Huntington Hartford
Veronica Cartwright ... Sara Kinsey
Kathleen Chalfant ... Barbara Merkle
Heather Goldenhersh ... Martha Pomeroy
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Storyline

Called Prok as an adult (short for Professor Kinsey), Alfred Kinsey has been interested in biology since he was a child growing up in the early twentieth century, despite the criticisms of such being evil nonsense from his overbearing and devoutly Christian father, professor Alfred Seguine Kinsey. Prok goes on to become a biology professor at Indiana University, initially focusing on the study of gall wasps. But those studies in combination with questions from his students, coming to terms with the needs of sex with his own wife, a former student of his named Clara McMillen (who he calls Mac), and what he sees as the gross misinformation on the subject currently within popular belief makes him change his focus to human sexuality. Many of those gross untruths - as he sees them - are that oral sex and masturbation cause a slew of maladies, which are perpetuated by what is presented in the university's hygiene class taught by Professor Thurman Rice. With the approval of faculty head ... Written by Huggo

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Let's talk about sex.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive sexual content, including some graphic images and descriptions | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Fox Searchlight

Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 January 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dr. Kinsey See more »

Filming Locations:

Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$169,038, 14 November 2004

Gross USA:

$10,254,979

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,918,723
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

John Lithgow plays Kinsey's father, despite only being seven years older than Liam Neeson. See more »

Goofs

During the credits, the producers thank the "University of Indiana" when it is actually "Indiana University" of which Alfred Kinsey was a part. The university notified director Bill Condon of the mistake. Condon gave his word that it would be taken care of when the film went on general release, but the mistake remains. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Alfred Kinsey: Don't sit so far away. Anything that creates a distance should be avoided.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the film (following the main cast credits), a montage featuring Kinsey Institute footage of the mating habits of various animals is accompanied by "Fever" by Little Willie John. See more »

Connections

Featured in The 77th Annual Academy Awards (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Too Darn Hot
(1948)
Written by Cole Porter
Performed by Ella Fitzgerald
Published by Chappell & Co (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Polygram Records, Inc./Universal Music Enterprises
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Finally, someone did TALK about it!
1 December 2004 | by SomeBlueDevilSee all my reviews

I read some of the reviews on IMDb before I went to see the movie. And I was struck by some of the negative comments it received. Even in this day and age, there is a double-standard on "moral values".

Hypocrisy vs. common sense. The movie cleverly reveals that Kinsey helped us along the way, to become open about such a basic but non-the-less extremely vital part of our existence. True, some of his subjects were pedophiles or engaged in sex practices that most people would find offensive. However, the knowledge that he as a scientist derived from his studies, is immeasurable - it enables intimate insight into the human psyche, and with that, possible treatments for those that are sexually victimizing others.

And this is the key point: the law should protect life, the innocent (under-aged and animals) and of course, the non-consenting. Other than that, sex is something between consenting adults and no-one should have the right to outlaw what you do in the bedroom. If you listen closely, the movie will give you the same message.

My only complaint is perhaps that on the subject of "perversion" they barely scratched the surface on Kinsey's personal response. It was clear that as a scientist, he would continue on the path of knowledge, however dark it may have been. I would probably agree that the movie version of his life and work was toned down to a "pill small enough to swallow" - still, I feel it shows the audience enough to get a picture of who this man was.

Don't expect "adult entertainment" when going to this movie. There is little that will cause an open-minded, sexually in touch with him-/herself adult embarrassment or even excitement. It's more like a documentary.

The acting was superb on everybody's part, and Academy Award Nominations will be forth-coming - no doubt. Hopefully they will take some wins home.


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