Dirty Pictures

Closed Capationed Starring: Craig T. Nelson, James Woods & Diana Scarwid Director: Frank Pierson  Rated: R: Restricted
Dirty Pictures
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 44 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 2000
  • Label: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Single Side - Single Layer
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Surround - English

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Entertainment Reviews:

Entertainment Weekly - 11/24/2000
"...[This] documentary constitutes a convincing civics lesson in the importance of protecting the First Amendment..."

Product Description:

Despite the controversy already stirred up by Robert Mapplethorpe's photography, Cincinnati art curator Dennis Barrie (James Woods) decides to exhibit them. The sexually charged photos catch the eye of County Sheriff Simon Leis (Craig T. Nelson), who is aghast. Leis tries to have Barrie thrown in jail, but the case is taken to court, where a jury must deliberate over the age-old art vs. pornography verdict. The proceedings strain Barrie's relationships with his wife (Diana Scarwid) and children, but Barrie fights to the end to protect what he believes is a fundamental American right. This made-for-cable film is based on a true story and features footage from the actual trial and intercut commentary on censorship by Salman Rushdie, Barney Frank, and Fran Liebowitz.

Plot Keywords:

Art / Artists | Cable Original | Courtroom | Crime | True Story

Production Notes:

  • DIRTY PICTURES won the Golden Globe for Best Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television.
  • James Woods was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television for his role in the film. He lost out to Brian Dennehy, his costar in the film BEST SELLER. Woods said, at the National Board of Review awards presentation, "I'm going out to the Golden Globes Sunday for my 10th nomination. I'm, like, the Susan Lucci of the Golden Globes."

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  • Sales Rank: 79,895
  • UPC: 027616851130
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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