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Based on true story, a glimpse into the colorful life, and mysterious death, of actor Bob Crane. Handsome and charming, Crane became well known as the star of CBS' hit comedy "Hogan's Heroes" (1965-1971). Capitalizing on his fame, Crane dove into the freewheeling spirit of the times with relish, having affairs with numerous women. Crane fell into the seamy world of sex, strip clubs, and decadence. Eventually, Crane teamed up with video technician John Carpenter to document his exploits, an association that may very well have led to his murder in a Scottsdale, Arizona motel… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 72%

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"Schrader really isn't interested in Crane except as the straw man for his moral lessons about sin and sexuality and the nature of celebrity."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"It never answers the key question: Why should we care?"
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"What makes the material work so well here is the perception that both writer and director choose to execute with its protagonist, which is not to provide overlying sympathy for him or his choices."
‑ David Keyes,
"Out of focus."
‑ Christopher Smith, Bangor Daily News (Maine)
"Another probing case history of male pathology from one of the most consistently interesting American film-makers alive."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"How do you make a movie with depth about a man who lacked any? On the evidence before us, the answer is clear: Not easily and, in the end, not well enough."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Watching this cold, detached movie, you never get the sense that Schrader cares one whit about Crane or is even curious about understanding the compulsions that wrecked his marriage and career and eventually cost him his life."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Ultimately one-dimensional and superficial look into the life of Bob Crane..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Sempre fascinante, o filme traz Greg Kinnear e Willem Dafoe em performances absolutamente impecáveis."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Given its lurid subject matter, the film is astoundingly bland."
‑ Jurgen Fauth,
"Admirably unconventional film."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"It's no fun to watch, but there's no denying the power of its point of view, of its two lead performances and of its claim to attention as an evocation of recent social history."
‑ Susan Stark, Detroit News
"A repetitive and disappointingly shallow look at what is in fact an intriguing Hollywood mystery."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"See it for Kinnear's performance, see it for a supreme depiction of the time, but don't go in expecting Citizen Kane. More like Deep Throat."
‑ Oz,
"Crane's story is a modern Hollywood tragedy, and Schrader and Kinnear treat it with the utmost respect, creating a film that is both touching and bittersweet."
‑ Josh Bell, Las Vegas Weekly
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