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Capturing the Friedmans

2003 - ENGLISH - MOVIE

DocumentaryBiography

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  • Jini Score
    84%
  • Critics Score
    81%
  • Rating
    7.7/10
  • Box Office
    $ 4 Million
  • Award Winner
  • Jini Score
    84%
  • Critics Score
    81%
  • Rating
    7.7/10
  • Box Office
    $ 4 Million
  • Award Winner
compellingfascinatingultimatedisturbingdisconcertingly
In the late 1980's, the Friedmans - father and respected computer and music teacher Arnold Friedman, mother and housewife Elaine Friedman, and their three grown sons, David Friedman, Seth Friedman and Jesse Friedman - of Great Neck, Long Island, are mingly your typical middle class American family. They all admit that the marriage was by no means close to being harmonious - Arnold and Elaine eventually got divorced - but the sons talk of their father, while also not being always there for them, as being a good man. This façade of respectability masks the fact that Arnold was buying and distributing child pornography. Following a sting operation to confirm this fact, the authorities began to investigate Arnold for sexual abuse of the minor-aged male students of his computer classes, which he held in the basement of the family home. Based on interviews with the students, not only was Arnold charged with and ultimately convicted of multiple counts of sodomy and sexual abuse of these boys but so was eighteen year old Jesse, who was mentioned by many as the aggressor of the two in the acts. Arnold admitted that he is a pedophile, but that he did not abuse the boys in his class as charged and convicted. The trial process brought out the dysfunction that previously existed within the family. But the issue of Arnold and Jesse's guilt of these acts is hotly debated among the family, among the authorities, among the media and among the students of the computer classes. Written by Huggo Capturing the Friedmans is a 2003 American English-language Documentary Biography movie featuring Arnold Friedman, Elaine Friedman, David Friedman, Jesse Friedman, Seth Friedman, John Mcdermott and Jack Fallin. Capturing the Friedmans was Produced by Andrew Jarecki and Marc Smerling. The movie is directed by Andrew Jarecki. Magnolia Pictures acquired the distribution rights for the movie. Capturing the Friedmans was released on 18th July 2003 and takes a screen time of 107 minutes. and it received positive reviews from critics when it was released. The movie made a box office gross of $4 million. Cinematography was done by Adolfo Doring and editing by Richard Hankin. The music was composed by Bill Harrington along with Andrea Morricone.

Capturing the Friedmans Reviews and Ratings

Average Review Rating : 4.9/5

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Positive Review Rating : 90%

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  • Av Club

    First time director Jarecki, better known as the co founder of MovieFone, skillfully integrates the home movie footage with his own thorough inquiry, weaving past and present into a patient, deeply... ( Read More )
  • Gripping, lacerating, moving, and tragic a work of documentary art. ( Read More )
  • She withdraws, is passive aggressive; its hard to know what shes thinking. ( Read More )
  • A stirring examination of truth at odds with perception, the high price of privacy in the media era and the blinding veil of blood ties. ( Read More )
  • Calendar Live

    This is finally a particularly naked and invasive form of voyeurism, The Real World for the PBS crowd. ( Read More )
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Awards for Capturing the Friedmans
  • Sundance Film Festival
    2 WON
    4 NOMINATIONS
  • Academy Awards, USA
    0 WON
    2 NOMINATIONS
  • DVD Exclusive Awards
    1 WON
    4 NOMINATIONS
  • Boston Society of Film Critics Awards
    2 WON
    4 NOMINATIONS
  • Online Film & Television Association
    2 WON
    4 NOMINATIONS
  • International Documentary Association
    0 WON
    3 NOMINATIONS
  • Village Voice Film Poll
    0 WON
    3 NOMINATIONS
  • Madrid International Documentary Film Festival
    1 WON
    2 NOMINATIONS
  • News & Documentary Emmy Awards
    1 WON
    2 NOMINATIONS
  • Cinema Eye Honors Awards, US
    1 WON
    2 NOMINATIONS
  • São Paulo International Film Festival
    1 WON
    2 NOMINATIONS
  • Seattle Film Critics Awards
    1 WON
    2 NOMINATIONS
  • San Francisco Film Critics Circle
    1 WON
    2 NOMINATIONS
  • Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards
    1 WON
    2 NOMINATIONS
  • Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards
    1 WON
    2 NOMINATIONS
  • Florida Film Critics Circle Awards
    1 WON
    2 NOMINATIONS
  • Chlotrudis Awards
    1 WON
    2 NOMINATIONS
  • New York Film Critics Circle Awards
    1 WON
    2 NOMINATIONS
  • Toronto Film Critics Association Awards
    1 WON
    2 NOMINATIONS
  • Online Film Critics Society Awards
    1 WON
    2 NOMINATIONS
  • Gold Derby Awards
    1 WON
    2 NOMINATIONS
  • Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards
    1 WON
    2 NOMINATIONS
  • Satellite Awards
    0 WON
    2 NOMINATIONS
  • National Board of Review, USA
    1 WON
    2 NOMINATIONS
  • Chicago Film Critics Association Awards
    0 WON
    2 NOMINATIONS
  • Central Ohio Film Critics Association
    1 WON
    2 NOMINATIONS
  • Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards
    1 WON
    2 NOMINATIONS
  • Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards
    0 WON
    1 NOMINATIONS
  • Directors Guild of America, USA
    0 WON
    1 NOMINATIONS
  • Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards
    0 WON
    1 NOMINATIONS
  • American Cinema Editors, USA
    0 WON
    1 NOMINATIONS
  • Golden Trailer Awards
    0 WON
    1 NOMINATIONS