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

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Mark CaroChicago Tribune

    The more you learn, the more questions you have about life in that Great Neck house. Leo Tolstoy wrote that "every unhappy family is unhappy in its own fashion," but not even he could have invented the Friedmans. show more

  • 100
    David SterrittChristian Science Monitor

    A compulsively watchable movie that's also a provocative inquiry into the ability of the criminal-justice system to determine culpability and truth. show more

  • 90
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

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

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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Awards

Nominated Documentary (Feature)