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Running Time:
104 minutes

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
for strong sexuality, nudity, language, some drug use and violence

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Digitally mastered audio & high definition video; Widescreen presentation; Commentaries: director Paul Schrader; actors Greg Kinnear and Willem Dafoe; producers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski & writer Michael Gerbosi; "Murder in Scottsdale" documentary; Making-of featurette; 5 deleted scenes with optional director commentary; Subtitles: English, French; Audio: English 5.1 (Dolby Digital), French (Dolby Surround); Bonus trailers; Weblink; Animated menus; Scene selections



Auto Focus
The film starts happily enough with Crane's rise to fame, and his experiences as a minor radio talk-show host with an unlimited sex drive. The fitting title "Auto Focus" is particularly appropriate applying not only to the photographic paraphanalia that Crane collected, but also his self-absorption with the seamy side of the show-biz world in which he traveled. Until "Hogan's Heroes," became a success on CBS in the 60's, Crane was just a small-time entertainer living happily with his wife and family, perusing girlie magazines when his wife and kids aren't looking. And then one day on the "Hogan's" set he meets John Carpenter (Willem Dafoe) a CBS technician, who spends his days tinkering with video equipment and his nights on the strip-club circuit looking for excitement. Crane joins his new friend nightly, using his celebrity status to pick up star-struck young girls. Soon they're having foursomes while the hidden camera rolls. Then "Hogan's Heroes" is cancelled and Crane's first and second marriages fall apart, and soon even his friendship with Carpenter begins to sour. He's finally forced to find employment on the lowly dinner-theater circuit, where one night in a lonely hotel room an unseen killer bludgeons him to death with a camera tripod. Who done it? They never found out, although the film unconvincingly suggests that his sex-buddy Carpenter did it. But by the time that happens you've tired of watching the fall and fall of a mediocre talent. This subject seems to interest writer/director Paul Schrader, who also wrote those earlier dramas about the wages of sin - "Boogie Nights," "Taxi Driver" and "American Gigolo"






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