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I liked the grittiness of this. Here I was expecting sort of a fluff film...Kinnear playing a guy from a cheesy sitcom? How bad could it be? Well, turns out the real Crane was into some pretty devious shit. It's just wonderful that America had the wool pulled over its eyes on that one. The guy on the bigscreen was All-American, and maybe after the show, he could photo/video your nude daughter. Dafoe is always great but may be extra good as the creep who brings all the technology to the table and becomes the friend who may or may not have murdered Crane and jerked off on the body (look it up as that part is not in the movie).
One side note, it is painfully awesome how the girls, now and then, are so in love with stardom. Crane, as portrayed, is a complete loser yet can go into pretty much any bar after a show and get babes to come to his seedy motel room and take off their clothes on camera. Maybe the photo albums were film-only, but I suspect they were very real.
Bob Crane: "I know that Lenny, it's the question. 'Yes' is the answer."
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.
This movie starts out with a wholesome pre- Hogan's Hero, before he made it big, .....in a great family and who is so straight he sees his friend, a priest to help him.
A true story of a person getting [i]way[/i] over their head in Hollywood and letting their inhibitions get the better of them. I always heard Hogan was a piece of work in real life, but this one shows it all.
I have to believe he was killed by his "friend", someone he tried to escape from but either wouldn't or couldn't. His "friend", a techo freak from the 60's, must have been Satan himself... he was always tempting Hogan with evil. They tried to prosecute the fellow twice, but the "friend" in reality got away with murder after all.
The movie tries to cast people in the roles of the TV show, Hogan's Heros, and succeeds mainly with Col. Klink, but with nobody else. Richard Dawson, an actor in the TV show, Hogans Heroes, is portrayed as a womanizer, something I wonder if he permitted if he saw the script, but he must have been ok with it because he displayed that "talent" on his quiz show, always kissing the gal contestants.
I kind of recommend this for the suspense of it all, but it is kinky in places and it is not credible that such a home type guy would be such a sleeze bag.
See it at your own risk. It was worth my time.