Auto Focus

Auto Focus (2002)

7 mistakes

Factual error: The issue of "Guideposts" shown by Crane's interviewers is from the early '90s.

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Factual error: When we see the wedding of Bob Crane and Patricia Olson, Bob's voiceover tells us that "Hogan's Heroes" went off the air "after six years and 186 shows." In actuality there were only 168 episodes produced.

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Factual error: Crane's daughters play with a bent-armed Barbie doll; all such dolls of that era had straight arms.

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Continuity mistake: Bob puts his hand on his wife's shoulder, in the next shot, it is by his side.

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Factual error: Crane's kitchen phone in the '60s has a modern (at least 1970s) modular cord on the handset.

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Deliberate mistake: Although much of Auto Focus revolves around the 1960s hit television series "Hogan's Heroes," the producers of this independent film could not work out a licensing agreement with CBS regarding the famous "Hogan's Heroes" theme music. As a result, the familiar "Hogan's Heroes" theme music is entirely absent from Auto Focus, replaced with contrived theme music that isn't even remotely similar to the original.

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Character mistake: Although great care was taken to duplicate Bob Crane's distinctive hairstyle for Greg Kinnear, Bob Crane's hair was actually parted on the left. The makeup department for this film parted Greg Kinnear's hair on the right, producing a mirror-image of Bob Crane's hairstyle.

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Charles Austin Miller

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When "Auto Focus" debuted, Bob Crane's son, Scotty Crane, complained loudly that the film was completely inaccurate and misleading. Scotty said that, while his father had been a lifelong sex-addict who recorded and photographed sex acts as far back as 1956, he was not a church-goer (as depicted in the film), he never tried S&M (as depicted in the film), and that he only started socializing with John Henry Carpenter in 1975, long after the Hogan's Heroes TV series ended, just 3 years before the unsolved murder that took Bob Crane's life. The film jumbles all of these events out of chronological order, omitting factual events while fabricating pure fantasy events for no other reason than to sensationalize Crane's troubled life and death.

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