R | | Biography, Crime, Drama
The life of TV star Bob Crane and his strange friendship with electronics expert John Henry Carpenter.
The LED watch that Carpenter uses to entice women throughout the movie is inspired by an actual watch sold in the back of pornographic magazines in the 1970s-80s. Offered by a company named Leisure Time Products, the watch was gold toned with a black faux-lizard skin band; unlike the watch in the film, it was analogue, and its' face was emblazoned with the phrase "TIME TO FUCK," which would illuminate red every thirty seconds. The watch retailed for the modern equivalent of ~$150.
Mel, I thought you were a fellow entertainer.
Mel Rosen: I'm also a Jew.
Bob Crane: It's the same thing!
When we see Crane drumming in the strip joint, what he is doing with his drum sticks does not match what we hear in the music audio track. Kinnear also clearly never spent much time practicing on the drum set before filming. Crane was an experienced drummer.
Director Paul Schrader stated at the Toronto International Film Festival that the film originally garnered an "NC-17", but was toned down to get an "R". The problem was a scene where hardcore pornography is seen on a television in the background, as well as a scene where a girl is clearly seen giving oral sex with motions. The version shown at the Film festival was uncut, as the will be the International version.
$123,761 (USA) (20 October 2002)
$2,062,066 (USA) (26 January 2003)
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