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Though full of good intentions, Focus somehow feels dated, and pounds away its points with a heavy hand.



Total Count: 81


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In New York, during the height of World War II, an American community begins to unravel when a man and his wife become victims of mistaken identity. Lawrence Newman is an ordinary man who does not want to stand out in a dangerous world. Even when a woman is attacked outside his Brooklyn window, he remains quiet about what he saw, unwilling to make waves and so fearful, he even begins to question what he truly saw. But then unassuming Newman and his outspoken new wife, Gertrude, become caught up in a case of mistaken identity. Slowly ostracized at home and work, they learn the value of solidarity as they struggle to maintain their dignity while confronting their nation's lurking anti-Semitism. The unwitting focus of his neighbor's prejudice, Newman is faced with a choice: go down as a coward or take a long shot at becoming the unlikeliest of heroes by telling the truth.

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William H. Macy
as Lawrence Newman
Laura Dern
as Gertrude Hart
David Paymer
as Finkelstein
Kay Hawtrey
as Mrs. Newman
Kay Hewtrey
as Mrs. Newman
Kenneth Welsh
as Father Crighton
Arlene Meadows
as Mrs. Dewitt
Peter Oldring
as Willy Doyle
Robert McCarrol
as Meeting Hall Man
Kevin Jubinville
as Cole Stevens
Conrad Bergschneider
as Tough's Leader
Brad Austin
as 1st Tough
Betariz Pizano
as Rape Victim
Rick Braggins
as Mr. Lorring
Rodger Barton
as Sergeant
Anita Burkhart
as Speaking Woman on Subway
Olivia Slavin
as Mrs. Dewitt's Granddaughter
Angela Fusco
as 2nd Woman on Subway
Stephen Brogren
as Bodyguard
Paulette Sinclair
as MP Receptionist
Pat Patterson
as Green Grocer
Julia Paton
as Waitress
Leo Petrus
as Truck Driver
Durward Allen
as Photographer
Peter Evans
as Man in Theater
Tedde Moore
as Woman No.1 in Theater
Anna Louise Richardson
as Woman No. 2 in Theater
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  • Feb 08, 2011
    This movie was so true to the book that I felt like I had seen it before. The book was a little more detailed, so I have to say I liked that better. However the movie was very well acted and captured the right feel and emotion.
    Sarah P Super Reviewer
  • Oct 12, 2010
    I think that they need to show this movie in every Sociology class. It's a perfect example of how, for example, Hitler's Germany was even possible. It shows how easily people can be manipulated and influenced by hateful thinking in society. It was an apalling thing to watch unfold, and intensify, but it was at the same time an amazing thing to watch. Scary, but amazing. ..On a side note, William H. Macy was fantastic, as usual.
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 13, 2008
    macy and dern play a married couple, where one of them is jewish, wartime newyork, as the neighburhood they live in take a dislike to there lifestyle, they feel compelled to keep itsecret, and when its found out , all maner of questions arise, a interesting look at hatred and racist people,
    scott g Super Reviewer

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