Norman Mailer: The American (2012)





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This documentary features interviews with many friends and colleagues of the famed writer Norman Mailer in order to tell the spectacular story of his life. The filmmaker does not shy away from the most controversial aspects of Mailer's life, including his stabbing of his then wife. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi
Documentary , Drama , Kids & Family , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for Norman Mailer: The American

All Critics (3)

A well-produced tribute to a complex and often exasperating personality.

May 16, 2012
Film Threat

Staccato and compelling, this fast-paced biography recounts some of his views and opinions--writings that alienated people and won supporters.

Full Review… | May 13, 2012
Mark Leeper's Reviews

A documentary is only as fascinating as its subject, and, love him or hate him (most did the latter), Norman Mailer was one fascinating American.

Full Review… | May 7, 2012
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Audience Reviews for Norman Mailer: The American


A fascinating documentary that focuses on his personal life much more than his work. That is not a problem, because this guy's life has enough material for several films. That is the problem. There are SO many stories and SO much footage of this extremely non-reclusive writer that I still don't think I got enough of his life. What we do get is hypnotic, though.

Roy Smith
Roy Smith

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