Capturing the Friedmans

DVD - 2003
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Capturing the Friedmans
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.

Published: New York, NY : HBO Video ; Burbank, CA : Distributed by Warner Home Video, c2003.
ISBN: 0783128959
Branch Call Number: DVD 364.373 CAP
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (ca. 3 hr., 55 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.


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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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