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Though Pollock does not really allow audiences a glimpse of the painter as a person, it does powerfully depict the creative process. Harris throws himself into the role and turns in a compelling performance.



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In August of 1949, Life Magazine ran a banner headline that begged the question: "Jackson Pollock: Is he the greatest living painter in the United States?" Already well known in the New York art world, he had become a household name--American's first "Art Star"--and his bold and radical style of painting continued to change the course of modern art. But the torments that had plagued the artist all of his life--perhaps the ones that drove him to paint in the first place, or that helped script his fiercely original art--continued to haunt him. As he struggled with self-doubt, engaging in a lonely tug-of-war between needing to express himself and wanting to shut the world out, Pollock began a downward spiral that would threaten to destroy the foundations of his marriage, the promise of his career, and his life--all on one deceptively calm and balmy summer night in 1956.

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Ed Harris
as Jackson Pollock
Marcia Gay Harden
as Lee Krasner
Jennifer Connelly
as Ruth Klingman
Jeffrey Tambor
as Clement Greenberg
Amy Madigan
as Peggy Guggenheim
Bud Cort
as Howard Putzel
John Heard
as Tony Smith
Val Kilmer
as Willem de Kooning
Sada Thompson
as Stella Pollock
Stephanie Seymour
as Helen Frankenthaler
Tom Bower
as Dan Miller
Robert Knott
as Sande Pollock
Matthew Sussman
as Reuben Kadish
Norbert Weisser
as Hans Namuth
Sally Murphy
as Edith Metzger
Molly Regan
as Arloie Pollock
Rebecca Wisocky
as Dorothy Seiberling
Moss Roberts
as Ted Dragon
Eduardo Machado
as Alfonso Ossorio
Katherine Wallach
as Barbara Kadish
John Rothman
as Harold Rosenberg
Annabelle Gurwitch
as May Rosenberg
Isabelle Townsend
as Mercedes Matter
Claire Beckman
as Vita Peterson
Kenny Scharf
as William Baziotes
Barbara Garrick
as Betty Parsons
Everett Quinton
as James Johnson Sweeney
Stephen Beach
as Jay Pollock
Jill Jackson
as Alma Pollock
David Leary
as Charles Pollock
Donna Mitchell
as Elizabeth Pollock
Frank Wood
as Frank Pollock
Julia Anna Rose
as Marie Pollock
Kyle Smith
as 8-Year-Old Jonathan Pollock
Sondra Jablonski
as 11-Year-Old Jeremy Pollock
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Audience Reviews for Pollock

  • Nov 25, 2018
    Ed Harris created the best performance of his career. The strength of this film lies entirely on Harris and never fails to deliver. Learning the lengths he went to capture this style is all the more impressive, pure method and training. You can watch this film and see that it is a labour of love, each cast member is rewarded with a character with depth and attention. Harris has moments where he makes the film unbearable to watch, the intensity in his performance is amazing, filmmakers don't normally have this ability, but a actor/director can capture this. I don't understand why it took me so long to final watch this film, but it is easily one of the best films of its era and high on my recommendation list. 24/11/2018.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Feb 07, 2014
    Pollock is a good but not a great film. Ed Harris' project would almost suggest that Jackson was less a genius and more someone who found an easier way to paint. Kind of like the paint by numbers approach to stardom
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 05, 2012
    A unique, well-directed and acted biopic concerning the troubled artist Jackson Pollock (Ed Harris), his relationship with his wife (Marcia Gay Harden), and how his internal demons cut a brilliant career short. While in some ways it is predictable, including a disturbing final act, the film contains a hypnotic quality about it thanks to an insanely possessed Harris, who is just splendid and you can tell he is very passionate about this particular person. The movie does have a tendency to drift into self-indulgence, especially in it's latter half, but Harris' portrayal remains tenacious and magnetic despite all the problems this movie possesses. We never get to go inside the head of Pollock too much, and this is definitely bothersome, but maybe that's how Harris wants it to be. The ending ends on quite a harsh, rushed note that feels forced, which detracts from one's overall impression of it. Nonetheless, one of the most underappreciated actors ever in Ed Harris is able to flex his creative prowess and go to work, and that alone earns the film a recommendation.
    Dan S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 14, 2011
    Flawed, but interesting biopic of Jackson Pollock. Pollock, brilliantly played by Ed Harris is an eccentric abstract painter who revolutionized the art form. His art was simple, avant-garde and revolutionary. Ed Harris delivers a great performance here, and the cast starring opposite him are great here as well. The film could have been done better, and leaves you wanting more, but for what it is, the film does a good job at showing us more of the man that made an impact on Abstract art. This is a good feature debut by actor and director Ed Harris. Harris makes the character his own, and he delivers one of his best performances. I thought that the film was well constructed and had an engaging plot. The cast deliver in their respective parts, and it's what makes Pollock a worthy Biopic to watch. Even with its flaws, this is still a good film that presents the turmoiled life of one of America's artists. Pollock may not appeal to everyone, but to those who enjoy biopics, this is a film worth checking out. The performance by Ed Harris alone makes this film worth watching. This film has a good story, good acting and good directing, what more could you want? Pollock is an entertaining two hours and it showcases Jackson Pollock's turmoil perfectly. Not a great film, but still pretty good for what it is.
    Alex r Super Reviewer

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