November 01, 2002 at 05:00 AM EST

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type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
104 minutes
Limited Release Date
10/18/02
performer
Willem Dafoe, Greg Kinnear, Ed Begley Jr., Maria Bello, Ron Leibman, Michael McKean, Rita Wilson
director
Paul Schrader
distributor
Sony Pictures Classics
author
Michael Gerbosi
Genre
Drama
We gave it a B+

Bland 1960s-era TV star by day, pornographer by night: Bob Crane’s self-destructive, compartmentalized life and sordid 1978 murder inspire Paul Schrader’s artful, rigorous, and damned depressing morality tale about celebrity, technology, and average, afflicted American manhood. Greg Kinnear is a revelation as Crane, dropping his bright smile and going to seed with precision; Willem Dafoe’s vaguely menacing style suits his role as a toxic hanger-on whose own skills and seamy needs were in symbiosis with Crane’s.

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