Kinsey

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Overview

Alfred Kinsey was an entomologist who taught at Indiana University and had a keen interest in an area of human behavior that had seen little scholarly research -- human sexuality. While the courtship and reproductive patterns of animals had been carefully documented, Kinsey believed that most "established facts" about human sexual behavior were a matter of conjecture rather than research and that what most people said about their sex lives was not born out by the evidence a subject that had personal resonance for...
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Overview

Alfred Kinsey was an entomologist who taught at Indiana University and had a keen interest in an area of human behavior that had seen little scholarly research -- human sexuality. While the courtship and reproductive patterns of animals had been carefully documented, Kinsey believed that most "established facts" about human sexual behavior were a matter of conjecture rather than research and that what most people said about their sex lives was not born out by the evidence a subject that had personal resonance for him given the troubles he and his wife Clara Kinsey had in the early days of their marriage. After introducing a course in "Marriage" at Indiana University which offered frank and factual information on sex to students, Kinsey began an exhaustive series of interviews with a wide variety of people from all walks of life in order to find out the truth about sex practices in America. When he published Sexual Behavior and the Human Male in 1948, his findings were wildly controversial, indicating that most men had a wider variety of sexual experiences than most people imagined, including a number of practices commonly thought to be dangerous or perverted including pre-marital sex, same-sex contacts, and masturbation. An even greater outcry greeted Kinsey's next volume, Sexual Behavior and the Human Female, which contradicted common notions than most women went into marriage sexually inexperienced. Kinsey is a film biography written and directed by Bill Condon which examines Kinsey's life and work from his strict childhood until his death in 1956. Liam Neeson plays Alfred Kinsey, and Laura Linney co-stars as Kinsey's wife and colleague Clara. John Lithgow highlights the supporting cast as Kinsey's repressed and moralistic father, while Chris O'Donnell, Peter Sarsgaard, and Timothy Hutton play members of Kinsey's research team and Tim Curry appears as an IU faculty member at odds with Kinsey's teachings.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Full-length audio commentary by writer/director Bill Condon; The Kinsey Report: Sex on Film; 20 deleted scenes plus original ending with optional commentary by writer/director Bill Condon; Gag reel; Sex Ed. at the Kinsey Institute; Interactive sex questionnaire
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Alfred C. Kinsey -- the eccentric, pioneering, controversial researcher whose 1947 study on human sexual behavior ignited a firestorm still not fully extinguished -- is the focus of this engrossing film, featuring Liam Neeson in one of his best performances to date. He plays Kinsey as a dedicated, dispassionate scientist whose apparent lack of guile and tact not only made him some powerful enemies but also frustrated and infuriated his supporters and co-workers. Laura Linney is superb as his long-suffering wife, Clara, who understands and encourages her husband even when his behavior becomes intolerable. Writer-director Bill Condon Gods and Monsters treats his subject with an appropriate detachment, portraying the man as so focused on his work that he actually encourages members of his staff to have relations with one another and record their “findings.” Kinsey’s bisexuality gets the same direct, objective, non-prurient treatment, and Neeson handles this aspect of the character with great delicacy. Timothy Hutton, Chris O’Donnell, and Peter Sarsgaard are excellent as the researcher’s assistants, and John Lithgow offers a bravura turn as Kinsey’s strict, sexually frustrated father. To their credit, Condon and his actors generally eschew sensationalism, approaching Kinsey and his work with objectivity and clarity. They go astray only in the heavy-handed treatment of the alleged “witch hunt” that targeted the scientist. The team’s findings, now almost universally accepted despite continuing reservations about Kinsey’s sampling and methodology, won’t shock today’s viewers, who after seeing this movie may well regard this pioneering figure with much more respect than his contemporaries ever did.
All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
On the heels of the critically acclaimed Gods and Monsters (1998), writer/director Bill Condon scores again with another meticulous, intelligent biography of a prominent but little-understood historical figure struggling with his controversial sexuality. In the case of Kinsey, sexuality is at the core of his hero's intellectual and physical journey, giving the filmmaker a chance to pose difficult questions about nature versus nurture, human sexual behavior, and the role of psychology in reproduction. Answers, even theoretical ones, to those questions are not always forthcoming. In one sequence Kinsey mutilates himself in an effort to examine the line between pleasure and pain, but his motivations are never fully explored. In another, his son explodes with frustration at his family's frank dinner-table discussion of coitus, but the character then disappears, as do the uncomfortable but completely justifiable criticisms he raises. While imperfect, however, Condon is to be applauded for mining such a rich, complex, and still-controversial subject, achieving a provocative and absorbing final result. The performances of Liam Neeson, Peter Sarsgaard, and Laura Linney are uniformly excellent and emotionally layered, and the filmmaker introduces a sneaky sense of humor into his material that renders it more accessible than his previous efforts. Kinsey (2004) joins the ranks of A Beautiful Mind (2001) and the TV film Longitude (2000) as a sterling example of the sci-bio subgenre.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/17/2005
  • UPC: 024543178682
  • Original Release: 2004
  • Rating:

  • Source: Fox Searchlight
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Special Edition / Wide Screen / Full Frame
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:58:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 40,198

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Liam Neeson Alfred Kinsey
Laura Linney Clara Kinsey
Chris O'Donnell Wardell Pomeroy
Peter Sarsgaard Clyde Martin
Timothy Hutton Paul Gebhard
John Lithgow Alfred Seguine Kinsey
Tim Curry Thurman Rice
Oliver Platt Herman Wells
Dylan Baker Alan Gregg
Julianne Nicholson Alice Martin
Bill Sadler Kenneth Braun
John McMartin Huntington Hartford
Veronica Cartwright Sara Kinsey
Kathleen Chalfant Barbara Merkle
Heather Goldenhersh Martha Pomeroy
Dagmara Dominczyk Agnes Gebhard
Lynn Redgrave Final Interview Subject
Michael Arkin NYC Reporter #1
Pascal Armand Young Black Woman
Joe Badalucco Radio Repairman
Susan Blommaert Staff Secretary
Bill Buell Dr. Thomas Lattimore
Fred Burrell IU Reporter #2
John Ellison Conlee Bookstore Clerk
Jarleth Conroy Grocer
Harley Cross Young Man In Gay Bar
Clifford David Professor Smithson
Will Denton Kinsey At 10
John Epperson Effete Man In Gay Bar
Matthew Fahey Kinsey At 14
Michele Federer Gall Wasp Class Coed
Arthur French Sharecropper
Kate Jennings Grant Marjorie Hartford
David Harbour Robert Kinsey
Steven Edward Hart Reverend
Roderick Hill Clerical Worker
Mara Hobel Female Student #2
Katharine Houghton Mrs. Spaulding
Alvin Keith Black Student
John Krasinski Ben
Phillip Kushner Bellhop
Romulus Linney Rep. B. Carroll Reece
Thomas Luke MacFarlane Bruce Kinsey
Henrietta Mantooth Poet
Jefferson Mays Effete Man's Friend
Edwin J. McDonough Mr. Morrissey
Tuck Milligan NYC Reporter #3
Mark Mineart Slavic Man
Martin Murphy Bartender
Arden Myrin Emily
Maryellen Owens Female Assistant Professor
Judith J.K. Polson Mildred Kinsey
John Pruitt Male Student #4
Randy Redd Student
Kate Reinders Female Student #1
Reno Male Impersonator
William Sadley Kenneth Braun
Jason Patrick Sands Male Student #1
Lindsay Schmidt Female Student #3
Barry Del Sherman IU Reporter #1
Draper Shreeve Ballet Teacher
Marcel Simoneau Male Student #2
Sean Skelton Staff Photographer
Peg Small Retired Teacher
Doris Smith Old Woman
Don Sparks Middle-Aged Businessman
Leigh Spofford Joan Kinsey
Bobby Steggert Male Student #3
Mike Thurstlic Kenneth Hand
Jaime Tirelli Hispanic Man
Benjamin Walker Kinsey At 19
Chandler Williams Prison Inmate
Amy Wilson Marriage Class Coed
Joe Zaloom Janitor
Dan Ziskie NYC Reporter #2
Carter Burwell Conductor
Technical Credits
Bill Condon Director, Screenwriter
Douglas Aibel Casting
Connie Brink Special Effects
Carter Burwell Score Composer
Francis Ford Coppola Executive Producer
Kirk D'Amico Executive Producer
Valerie Dean Associate Producer
Frederick Elmes Cinematographer
Bruce Finlayson Costumes/Costume Designer
Jude Gorjanc Asst. Director
Richard Guay Co-producer
Mindy Hall Makeup
Virginia Katz Editor
Todd Kleitsch Makeup Special Effects
Michael Kuhn Executive Producer
Michael Laudati Makeup
Nicholas Lundy Art Director
Gail Mutrux Producer
T.J. O'Mara Sound/Sound Designer
Bobby Rock Executive Producer
James Sarzotti Makeup
Richard Sherman Production Designer
Adam Shulman Associate Producer
Cindy Tolan Casting
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Kinsey
1. One Man's History (Main Titles)
2. The Preacher's Son
3. Clara
4. Mr. and Mrs. Kinsey
5. The Expert
6. Good Advice
7. The Book Party
8. Johns, Peters and Dicks
9. The Marriage Course
10. Sensitive Information
11. Sex and Dinner
12. A Gold Mine
13. Somewhere in the Middle
14. It's Just Not Enough
15. The Biologic Demand
16. Permission
17. Kinsey's Proposal
18. Thousands of Histories
19. Father's Contribution
20. The Sexual Celebrity
21. Nobody's Sin
22. A Nature Film
23. Sex Is the Glue
24. My Life's Real Work
25. Dirty Stuff
26. A Delicate Time
27. The Troubled Heart
28. Ruined
29. Hartford's Guest
30. You Saved My Life
31. To Measure Love
32. End Titles
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Menu

Side #1 -- Kinsey
   Play
   Language Selection
      English DTS
      English 5.1 Digital
      Spanish Dolby Surround
      French Dolby Surround
      Commentary With Writer/Director Bill Condon
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: None
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Commentary With Writer/Director Bill Condon: On
      Commentary With Writer/Director Bill Condon: Off
   Inside Look
Side #2 -- Special Features
   The Kinsey Report: Sex on Film
   Deleted Scenes
      Play All
      Sex History, Part 1
      Sex History, Part 2
      Sex History, Part 3
      Chemistry and Cooking
      Miner's Lettuce
      Dinner With the Kinseys
      The Need for a Sex Course
      Sex History, Part 4
      Sex History, Part 5
      Sex History, Part 6
      Rice Complains to Wells
      Sex History, Part 7
      Giving Up the Marriage Course
      Training the Team
      Astounding
      Speaking in Code
      Braun's Phone Call
      Swim Practice
      Interviewing Braun
      Huntington Hartford/New York Times
      Original Ending
      With Commentary by Writer/Director Bill Condon: On
      With Commentary by Writer/Director Bill Condon: Off
   Trailers
      Theatrical Teaser Trailer
      Theatrical Trailer
      What the Bleep? Trailer
   Gag Reel
   Sex Ed. at the Kinsey Institute
   Interactive Sex Questionnaire
      Read Introduction
         Begin Questionnaire
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    Risque and intelligent...

    This is an excellent biopic about Dr. Alfred Kinsey, a pioneer in the field of human sexual research. It is intensely graphic, but not vulgar or distasteful. I wouldn't recommend watching it with your children, or with your parents for that matter, but watching it with others will give you an excellent springboard into some thought-provoking conversation. This film includes several stellar performances by Liam Neeson, Laura Linney, and Peter Saarsgard.

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