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Capturing the Friedmans

(DVD - 2003)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Capturing the Friedmans
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The Friedmans seem to be a typical family from affluent Great Neck, Long Island. One Thanksgiving, as the family gathers for a quiet holiday dinner, a police battering ram splinters the front door and officers rush inside. The police charge Arnold Friedman and his son Jesse with hundreds of shocking crimes. As police investigate, and the community reacts, the fabric of the family begins to disintegrate, revealing questions about justice, family and finally the truth.
Title: Capturing the Friedmans
[videorecording]
Published: New York, NY : HBO Video ; Burbank, CA : Distributed by Warner Home Video, c2003.
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (ca. 3 hr., 55 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Special features: Disc 1: audio commentary by Andrew Jarecki ; Disc 2: unseen home movies from the Friedman house after the police arrived; an altercation at the New York premiere; the original short film that led to the discovery of David Friedman's secret story; Great Neck outraged; new witnesses & evidence; uncut footage of the prosecution's star witness; Friedman family scrapbook and hidden audio tape; Jesse's life today; the judge speaks out at the Great Neck premiere.
Summary: The Friedmans seem to be a typical family from affluent Great Neck, Long Island. One Thanksgiving, as the family gathers for a quiet holiday dinner, a police battering ram splinters the front door and officers rush inside. The police charge Arnold Friedman and his son Jesse with hundreds of shocking crimes. As police investigate, and the community reacts, the fabric of the family begins to disintegrate, revealing questions about justice, family and finally the truth.
Awards & Distinctions: Sundance Film Festival, 2003: Grand Jury Prize - Documentary (Andrew Jarecki).
Local Note: 4
ISBN: 0783128959
Branch Call Number: DVD 364.373 CAP
Statement of Responsibility: Magnolia Pictures presents a film by Andrew Jarecki ; producers, Andrew Jarecki, Marc Smerling ; directed by Andrew Jarecki
Credits: Director of photography, Adolfo Doring ; editor, Richard Hankin ; music, Andrea Morricone.
Performers: Jesse Friedman, Arnold Friedman, Elaine Friedman, David Friedman, Seth Friedman, Howard Friedman, John McDermott, Frances Galasso, Joseph Onorato.
System Details: DVD, widescreen presentation; Dolby Digital.
Other Language: In English, subtitles: English, Spanish, French.
Closed-captioned.
Subject Headings: Video recordings for the hearing impaired. Documentary films. Children in pornography Video recordings. Criminal investigation New York (State) Great Neck Video recordings. Sex crimes Video recordings. Criminals New York (State) Great Neck Video recordings.
Topical Term: Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Documentary films.
Children in pornography
Criminal investigation
Sex crimes
Criminals
Publisher No: 92278
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Dec 04, 2011
  • voisjoe1 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

An Oscar nominated documentary related to alleged sexual abuse of children. Extremely well paced.

The DVD includes a film short the director was making about a birthday clown when he found out that the clown was the son/brother of alleged pedophiles, the subjects of his eventual film "Capturing the Friedmans."

Years later in his career, the director made the controversial film. "All Good Things," a work of fiction, based on real killings and butchery.

Dec 29, 2010
  • nontechmom rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is a very well done documentary about a very sad story of a family torn apart. Definately not appropriate for children as it deals with pedophilia and allegations of abuse. The really great parts of the story are the video record this family took, the great relationship between the father and his sons and the amazing resilience of the youngest son.

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