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Focus (2001)

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Release Date
 USA: Nov 2, 2001
DVD Release Date
 R1: Mar 19, 2002

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MPAA Rating
Rated PG-13 for thematic material, violence and some sexual content.

Running Time
1 hour, 46 minutes

Country USA

Studio Carros Pictures, Focus Prods., Michael R. Bloomfield, Robert A. Miller

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Genre: Drama, World War II, Period Piece, Psychodrama, Society, Suspense, Mistaken Identity, Marriage, Police

Tagline: Everything Is About To Become Very Clear

Plot: Set during World War II, FOCUS is based on Arthur Miller's first published novel. It is the story of Lawrence Newman (William H. Macy), a man who has settled into a relatively anonymous life. He lives with his mother, has held the same job for twenty years, and rarely strays from his daily routine. He even witnesses a woman being attacked outside his window and remains silent, despite a criminal investigation. His life changes significantly, though, when he gets a new pair of glasses that make him look Jewish. He suddenly loses his job and realizes he is under heavy scrutiny from his Brooklyn neighbors. His search for new employment leads him to Gertrude (Laura Dern), a woman whose Jewish features kept him from hiring her at his previous firm. They fall madly in love, despite the contrast in their personalities: Gertrude is outspoken while Lawrence is more shadowy. Her physical features cause even more conflict with his neighbors and soon Lawrence must choose between standing up to them or finding a way to fit in, while grappling with his own bigotry and fears.

Photographer and first-time director Neal Slavin makes expert use of color to give the film great visual depth. This moving, subtle work is enhanced by an outstanding ensemble cast, including David Paymer and Meat Loaf

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 Directed by
 Written by
Kendrew Lascelles
The Aryan Couple, Candy Stripe Nurses
Arthur Miller
The Crucible, Death of a Salesman, The Misfits
William H. Macy
Fargo, Magnolia, Jurassic Park III
Laura Dern
Jurassic Park, Jurassic Park III, Blue Velvet
David Paymer
Payback, Get Shorty, The Hurricane
Meat Loaf
Fight Club, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Wayne's World
Kay Hawtrey
Urban Legend, Videodrome, American Psycho II: All American Girl
Michael Copeman
The Fly, Canadian Bacon, Dead of Winter
Kenneth Welsh
The Day After Tomorrow, The Aviator, Legends of the Fall
 Music By
Mark Adler
The Rat Pack, Flowers for Algernon, Slam Dunk Ernest

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