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Auto Focus captures the scandalous private life of Bob Crane, star of the German P.O.W. camp sitcom Hogan's Heroes. Greg Kinnear plays the affable comic actor, who nursed an obsession with sex--pornography, strippers, swinging, domination, and especially the videotaping of his own sexual exploits. His behavior led to the downfall of two marriages and enmeshed Crane in a strangely symbiotic relationship with a video equipment salesman named John Carpenter (Willem Dafoe); Carpenter provided the technology, and Crane (through the power of his fame) provided the girls. Their friendship ultimately wore thin and may have led to Crane's gruesome death. Auto Focus is a lot like an episode of Behind the Music, but with sex in the place of the usual downfall-causing drugs; though elegantly filmed, it doesn't delve too deeply into Crane's joy, and so never gets a genuine feel for his pain either. --Bret Fetzer

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen
  • Dolby

Cast

Greg KinnearBob Crane
Willem DafoeJohn Carpenter
Rita WilsonAnne Crane
Maria BelloPatricia Olson/Patrica Crane/Sigrid Valdis
Ron LeibmanLenny
Bruce SolomonEdward H. Feldman
Michael E. RodgersRichard Dawson
Kurt FullerWerner Klemperer
Christopher NeimanRobert Clary
yle KanouseJohn Banner
Donnamarie ReccoMelissa/Mistress Victoria
Ed Begley Jr.Mel Rosen
Michael McKeanVideo Executive
Cheryl Lynn BowersCynthia Lynn

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Paul Schrader
  • Producer: Columbia/Tri-Star
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJan 1, 2002
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe18
    JapanR-18
    AustraliaR
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaMay 4, 2004
    EuropeSep 29, 2003
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