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Capturing the Friedmans
2003-05-30
tt0342172
USA
English
107 min
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 25 wins & 8 nominations.
$2.8M

Résumé

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 seemingly 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.

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Détails

Andrew Jarecki
Director

Andrew Jarecki
Producer

Marc Smerling
Producer

Richard Hankin
Co-Producer

Jennifer Rogen
Associate Producer

Nancy Baker
Creative Consultant

Peter Bové
Line Producer

Jaye Nydick
Line Producer

Adolfo Doring
Director of Photography

Marc Smerling
Additional Photography

Rossana Rizzo
Additional Photography

Aaron Phillips
Additional Photography

Brian Jackson
Additional Photography

Charlie Beyer
Additional Photography

Richard Hankin
Editor

Andrea Morricone
Music

John Gurrin
Sound Recordist

Robert Warmflash
Post Production Supervisor

Tanya Barr
Production Manager

Jose A. Barrios
Production Manager

Alex Carone
Production Manager

Rafael Estrella
Production Manager

Caroline Findlay
Production Manager

Christopher J. Grunke
Production Manager

Thom Little
Production Manager

Ira Spiegel
Sound Editor

Marlena Grzaslewicz
Sound Editor

Peter Waggoner
Sound mixer