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Focus is based on a little-known novel by playwright Arthur Miller, written when he was a very young man, just after WWII. Produced by media mogul Michael Bloomberg, and directed by Neal Slavin, the film takes place in New York, during the war. William H. Macy of Fargo plays Lawrence Newman, a middle-aged executive who lives with his mother. One night, he sees a neighbor cavorting with a Hispanic woman in the street. The incident turns ugly, and Lawrence later hears that the woman was raped and brutally ...
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Focus is based on a little-known novel by playwright Arthur Miller, written when he was a very young man, just after WWII. Produced by media mogul Michael Bloomberg, and directed by Neal Slavin, the film takes place in New York, during the war. William H. Macy of Fargo plays Lawrence Newman, a middle-aged executive who lives with his mother. One night, he sees a neighbor cavorting with a Hispanic woman in the street. The incident turns ugly, and Lawrence later hears that the woman was raped and brutally assaulted. He tells no one. Faced with anti-Semitism at work and in his neighborhood, Lawrence resists joining the bigots, but he doesn't have the courage to stand up to them. He doesn't act when Fred Meat Loaf Aday and his other neighbors persecute the Jewish newsvendor, Finkelstein David Paymer, who lives on the corner. But his lack of active participation in their efforts to drive Finkelstein out makes his neighbors suspicious. One day, Gertrude Hart Laura Dern walks into his office looking for a job. Lawrence is immediately struck by her flashy style and good looks, but he's been warned against hiring Jews. He suspects that she's Jewish, and she gets offended at his insinuations and storms out. Things get much worse for Lawrence when he gets a new pair of glasses. Everyone says they make him look Jewish. His boss decides he doesn't make the right impression, and tries to demote him. Lawrence is outraged and quits. He has trouble finding another job, until he runs into Gertrude again. The Jewish-owned firm she works for hires him. He apologizes to her and asks her out. They fall in love, and quickly marry. His neighbors, believing Gertrude is a Jew, grow more suspicious, and Lawrence soon finds himself in physical danger.
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New York Times - Stephen Holden
...the movie's surreal style, with its film-noir camerawork and ominous lighting, turns the story into a fable about fear and nonconformism, and Mr. Macy's and Ms. Dern's carefully shaded caricatures match the mood.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/19/2002
  • UPC: 097363403432
  • Original Release: 2001
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  • Source: Paramount
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
William H. Macy Larry Newman
Laura Dern Gertrude Hart
David Paymer Finkelstein
Meat Loaf Fred
Kay Hewtrey Mrs. Newman
Michael Copeman Carlson
Kenneth Welsh Father Crighton
Joseph Zeigler Gargan
Arlene Meadows Mrs. Dewitt
Technical Credits
Neal Slavin Director, Producer
Arthur Miller Source Author
Juan Ruiz-Anchia Cinematographer
Thomas D. Adelman Co-producer
Vicki Graef Costumes/Costume Designer
Tariq Anwar Editor
Michael R. Bloomberg Producer
Robert A. Miller Producer
Vlasta Svoboda Production Designer
Mark Adler Score Composer
Kendrew Lascelles Screenwriter
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  • Posted July 23, 2012

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    Have you ever felt the sting of discrimination? Have you ever fe

    Have you ever felt the sting of discrimination? Have you ever felt ostracized? When you are oppressed how does it make you feel? This is an insightful, informative, educational, and enlightening DVD to assist viewers to "focus" on the true meaning of abusing power and terrorizing other human beings. *Well developed plot with an engaging and engrossing cast. **WARNING: has some graphic scenes and is not for the faint of heart.

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