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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 18
Cast
Greg Kinnear
Willem Dafoe
Maria Bello
Rita Wilson
Ron Leibman
Ed Begley Jr.
Kurt Fuller
Directors
Paul Schrader
Screenwriters
Michael Gerbosi
Running Time
105 minutes

Auto Focus
Impassive biopic of Bob Crane, who won fame and later scandal as the star of TV's Hogan's Heroes.


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Plot
Californian DJ Bob Crane becomes a '60s TV star off the back of US sitcom Hogan's Heroes and, hooking up with techno wizard John Carpenter, embarks on a downward spiral of seedy sex, wrecked marriages, dinner theatre and gruesome death.


Verdict
Although the movie winds up around ten minutes too long and Schrader's occasional flights into fantasy don't quite come off, Auto Focus emerges as funny, imaginative and bizarrely touching. A compelling, complex portrait of a deeply shallow man.


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