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Auto Focus (2002)



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

Movie Info

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.more
Rating: R (for strong sexuality, nudity, language, some drug use and violence)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Trevor Macy, Michael Gerbosi
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 18, 2003
Box Office: $1.8M
Sony Pictures Classics - Official Site


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

All Critics (174) | Top Critics (44)

Schrader really isn't interested in Crane except as the straw man for his moral lessons about sin and sexuality and the nature of celebrity.

Full Review… | January 16, 2003
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

What makes the material work so well here is the perception that both writer and director choose to execute with its protagonist, which is not to provide overlying sympathy for him or his choices.

Full Review… | June 29, 2013

Ultimately one-dimensional and superficial look into the life of Bob Crane...

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

A repetitive and disappointingly shallow look at what is in fact an intriguing Hollywood mystery.

Full Review… | January 2, 2009

Out of focus.

Full Review… | September 20, 2007
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

Sempre fascinante, o filme traz Greg Kinnear e Willem Dafoe em performances absolutamente impecáveis.

April 28, 2004
Cinema em Cena

Audience Reviews for Auto Focus


Watchable, but not recommendable.

familiar stranger

Super Reviewer


Extremely dark but with good acting.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


Willem Dafoe is my GOD.

Coxxie Mild Sauce

Super Reviewer

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