Capturing the Friedmans is a 2003 English-language Documentary Biography movie directed by Andrew Jarecki and produced by Andrew Jarecki and Marc Smerling. In the late 1980's, the Friedmans - father and respected computer and music teacher Arnold Friedman, mother and housewife Elaine Friedman, and their three grown sons, David Friedman, Seth Friedman and Jesse Friedman - of Great Neck, Long Island, are mingly your typical middle class American family. They all admit that the marriage was by no means close to being harmonious - Arnold and Elaine eventually got divorced - but the sons talk of their father, while also not being always there for them, as being a good man. This façade of respectability masks the fact that Arnold was buying and distributing child pornography. Following a sting operation to confirm this fact, the authorities began to investigate Arnold for sexual abuse of the minor-aged male students of his computer classes, which he held in the basement of the family home. Based on interviews with the students, not only was Arnold charged with and ultimately convicted of multiple counts of sodomy and sexual abuse of these boys but so was eighteen year old Jesse, who was mentioned by many as the aggressor of the two in the acts. Arnold admitted that he is a pedophile, but that he did not abuse the boys in his class as charged and convicted. The trial process brought out the dysfunction that previously existed within the family. But the issue of Arnold and Jesse's guilt of these acts is hotly debated among the family, among the authorities, among the media and among the students of the computer classes. Written by Huggo. Capturing the friedmans features Arnold Friedman in the title role along with an ensemble cast including Elaine Friedman, David Friedman, Jesse Friedman, Seth Friedman, John Mcdermott and Frances Galasso. The music was composed by Bill Harrington along with Andrea Morricone. Cinematography was done by Adolfo Doring and editing by Richard Hankin. The movie has a running time of 107 minutes. It was released on 18th July 2003 and it received positive reviews from critics when it was released. The movie made a box office gross of $4 million. Distribution rights for the film were acquired by Magnolia Pictures.
Documentary , Biography , Crime
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