• Capturing the Friedmans (2003)

Capturing the Friedmans

Release Date: 2003

DVD Release Date: January 27th, 2004

Not Yet Rated |1 hr 47 min

Plot Summary

While preparing a documentary about children's birthday party entertainers, filmmaker Andrew Jarecki learned that one of his subjects, professional clown David Friedman, was the son and brother of two men who had been convicted of child sexual abuse in a high-profile 1980s criminal trial. Using home videos made by the Friedman family before and during the trial, as well as new interviews, Jarecki explores the conflicting stories of the accused, the alleged victims and the investigators.

Director: Andrew Jarecki

Genres: Documentary

Production Co: Magnolia Pictures, HBO Theatrical Documentary

Keywords: Brother, 1990s, 2000s, Fall, 1980s, Mother, Mystery, Father, Son, Family, Police officer, Emotional, Prison

Ratings & Reviews

  • 90
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

    Utterly compelling account of a true-life criminal investigation where "truth" can never be pinned down. show more

  • 90
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    In the entertainment culture that surrounds us, words like "harrowing," "anguishing," "unfathomable" or "horrifying" don't sell movie tickets. Capturing the Friedmans is all of these things and more.

  • 88
    Carrie RickeyPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Isn't like the classic Japanese drama "Rashomon," which suggested that one person's perspective of an event gave him a different truth from the person standing elsewhere. show more

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Nominated Documentary (Feature)