Auto Focus (2002)



Critic 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.
R (for strong sexuality, nudity, language, some drug use and violence)
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Greg Kinnear
as Bob Crane
Willem Dafoe
as John Carpenter
Maria Bello
as Patricia Crane
Rita Wilson
as Anne Crane
Ron Leibman
as Lenny
Bruce Solomon
as Feldman
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
Nikita Ager
as Julie
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
Jeff Harlan
as Armand
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
Joseph D. Reitman
as Hippie Boy
Kitana Baker
as Girl at Hippie Party
Katie Lohmann
as Dallas Girl
Roderick McCarthy
as Bartender
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 (158) | Top Critics (41)

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.

January 16, 2003
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

How do you make a movie with depth about a man who lacked any? On the evidence before us, the answer is clear: Not easily and, in the end, not well enough.

Full Review… | November 8, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Admirably unconventional film.

Full Review… | November 1, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

It never answers the key question: Why should we care?

Full Review… | November 1, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

Watching this cold, detached movie, you never get the sense that Schrader cares one whit about Crane or is even curious about understanding the compulsions that wrecked his marriage and career and eventually cost him his life.

November 1, 2002
Miami Herald
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It's no fun to watch, but there's no denying the power of its point of view, of its two lead performances and of its claim to attention as an evocation of recent social history.

November 1, 2002
Detroit News
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Watchable, but not recommendable.

familiar stranger
familiar stranger

Super Reviewer


Extremely dark but with good acting.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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Willem Dafoe is my GOD.

Coxxie Mild Sauce
Coxxie Mild Sauce

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