Auto Focus

2002

Auto Focus

Critics Consensus

Kinnear and Dafoe help make this downward spiral of one man's life a compelling watch.

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Based on true story, a glimpse into the colorful life, and mysterious death, of actor Bob Crane. Handsome and charming, Crane became well known as the star of CBS' hit comedy "Hogan's Heroes" (1965-1971). Capitalizing on his fame, Crane dove into the freewheeling spirit of the times with relish, having affairs with numerous women. Crane fell into the seamy world of sex, strip clubs, and decadence. Eventually, Crane teamed up with video technician John Carpenter to document his exploits, an association that may very well have led to his murder in a Scottsdale, Arizona motel room in 1978 where his skull crushed with a camera tripod.

Cast

Greg Kinnear
as Bob Crane
Willem Dafoe
as John Carpenter
Maria Bello
as Patricia Crane
Rita Wilson
as Anne Crane
Kurt Fuller
as Werner Klemperer
Ed Begley Jr.
as Mel Rosen
Michael E. Rodgers
as Richard Dawson
Michael McKean
as Video Executive
Lyle Kanouse
as John Banner
Donnamarie Recco
as Mistress Victoria
Cheryl Lynn Bowers
as Cynthia Lynn
Sarah Uhrich
as Victoria Berry
Amanda Niles
as Press Party Waitress
Kelly Packard
as Dawson's Blonde
Kevin Beard
as Hogan's AD
Joe Grifasi
as Salome's Announcer
Vyto Ruginis
as Nickie D
Bob Crane Jr.
as Interviewer
Arden Myrin
as Hippie Girl
Kitana Baker
as Girl at Hippie Party
Katie Lohmann
as Dallas Girl
Catherine Dent
as Seattle Secretary
John Kapelos
as Bruno Gerussi
Shawn Reaves
as Bob Crane Jr. at 20
Michael Tachovsky
as Bob Crane Jr. at 12
Bruce Bauer
as Talk Show Host
Marieh Delfino
as Bobby's Girlfriend
Terri Geary
as Dancer--Miss Kitty
Jade Ruggiero
as Dancer--Angela
Porcelean Twinz
as Classic Cat Dancers
Owen Master
as Jackie--KNX Tech
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Critic Reviews for Auto Focus

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Audience Reviews for Auto Focus

  • Nov 20, 2012
    Watchable, but not recommendable.
    familiar s Super Reviewer
  • Nov 29, 2011
    Paul Schrader's "Auto Focus" is shockingly bleak, abrupt, and offers virtually no catharsis. Never before have I seen a movie present such lurid subject matter with such an upbeat tone.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Aug 17, 2011
    Never before have I seen a movie present such lurid subject matter with such an upbeat tone -- excluding Todd Solondz's Happiness, that is. Paul Schrader is a man who certainly knows how to capture the darker points of life onscreen. Auto Focus and Affliction, the latter being a personal favorite of mine, are perfect examples of that. Schrader begins by showing us a character that has been a victim of circumstance, and then leads us down a path to despair as they are swallowed by their own sin. In the end, we cannot help but feel pity for them . Though Schrader is indifferent to the lead character, Bob Crane, it is clear that he loathes and holds a deep resentment for the sin that Crane commits. It is exactly that that makes Auto Focus such a good film, not to mention the wonderful performance from Greg Kinnear. There need to be more directors like Paul Schrader out there. Cinema does have a purpose, but, sadly, it is typically used to entertain audiences with either bad jokes, loud action, or both. I, for one, feel that cinema is a perfect way to warn the world of the dangers and temptations that lurk beneath the happy exterior, the dangers that lurk like characters in a David Lynch film. Cinema's number one purpose is for entertainment, yes, and I have no quarrels with that, but take a look at the world we live in. Look at the box office totals between Auto Focus and, say, Transformers. Surprised?
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Jan 13, 2011
    This movie is the portarit of Bob Crane's degeneration from seemingly wholesome family man into a deplorable, disgusting condition. Because of his dual personas, many never knew the real man. The best aspect of the film may be its tone; the viewer actually feels Crane's decline, and the tone increases in melancholy. I found myself becoming depressed. Secondly, these are some of the best performances you'll see. The leads, Kinnear and Dafoe are stunningly realistic. Dafoe's Carpenter is needy, creepy, and slimy. Kinnear's Crane is charmingly likeable while just as sleazy and completely amoral. Kurt Fuller as Col. Klink is a riot, perfect casting. Its a study of addiction. Like any addict, Crane constantly announced plans to change but never made any effort. If he really meant to in the end, that's probably what got him killed. His obsession ruined his life and career. Director Paul Schrader may have made a faithful adaptation of the source book, but it left me wanting more of some things and less of others. It did have plenty of sleaze. Its a gloomy, unflinching film, and I recommend it to anyone willing to delve into the dark underbelly of success.
    Clintus M Super Reviewer

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