Shocking. Stunning. Brilliant. These are some of the words that described artist Robert Mapplethorpe's controversial 1990 photo exhibit…and this "gripping, provocative and alarming" ('The Washington Post') film about the show's censorship is equally as captivating. Starring Oscar nominees James Woods ('The General's Daughter') and Diana Scarwid ('Inside Moves'), Dirty Pictures delves into the uproar over right-wing censorship of the arts in a true-to-life tale that is "chilling" ('Los Angeles Times')! When the director of the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center, Dennis Barrie (Woods), books a touring photo exhibit of the late Robert Mapplethorpe, he knows he's brought a major-league event to town. But when the Cincinnati Sheriff (Craig T. Nelson) sees the sexually explicit photos, he shuts down the show…charging Barrie with peddling obscenity! Determined to stand his ground, Barrie faces trial and risks losing his job -- and his family -- to protect the right promised to every American by the Constitution…the freedom of expression!

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Dirty Pictures (2000)

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Shocking. Stunning. Brilliant. These are some of the words that described artist Robert Mapplethorpe's controversial 1990 photo exhibit…and this "gripping, provocative and alarming" ('The Washington Post') film about the show's censorship is equally as captivating. Starring Oscar nominees James Woods ('The General's Daughter') and Diana Scarwid ('Inside Moves'), Dirty Pictures delves into the uproar over right-wing censorship of the arts in a true-to-life tale that is "chilling" ('Los Angeles Times')! When the director of the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center, Dennis Barrie (Woods), books a touring photo exhibit of the late Robert Mapplethorpe, he knows he's brought a major-league event to town. But when the Cincinnati Sheriff (Craig T. Nelson) sees the sexually explicit photos, he shuts down the show…charging Barrie with peddling obscenity! Determined to stand his ground, Barrie faces trial and risks losing his job -- and his family -- to protect the right promised to every American by the Constitution…the freedom of expression!

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Cast
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James Woods

Dennis Barrie
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Craig T. Nelson

Sheriff Simon Leis
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Diana Scarwid

Dianne
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Leon Pownall

Prouty
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Matt North

Lobb
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David Huband

Sirkin
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Judah Katz

Mizibov
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Rachael Crawford

Bosworth
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Marnie McPhail

Reising
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R.D. Reid

Albanese
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Allegra Fulton

Angela
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Michele Muzzi

Brenda
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Martin Roach

Ed
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Tony De Santis

Floyd
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Kenneth McGregor

Gil
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Jeff Pustil

Harry
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Sally Cahill

Liz
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Linda Goranson

Mary
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Geoffrey Bowes

Suit
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John Evans

Tucker
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Jonathan Whittaker

Muntz
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Colin Fox

Walsh
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Michael Seater

Ian
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Stephen Joffe

Kevin Barrie
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Ann Marin

Teacher
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Nicky Guadagni

Kardon
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Richard Sali

Cabinet Maker
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Nancy Beatty

Reisman
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Lawrence Bayne

Stein
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Dave Nichols

Johnson
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Michael Dyson

Bailiff
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Frank Moore

Ruberg
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Kathryn Haggis

Clerk
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Michael Caruana

Principel
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Barbara Radecki

Clarissa Dalrymple
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Brett Heard

Vice Cop
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Conrad Bergschneider

Policeman
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Graham Losee

Mean Kid
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Arnie Achtman

Pro-Artist Protester
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Adrian Roberto

Kid
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Sanjay Talwar

Pro-Artist Protesters
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Ian Orchard

Pro-Artist Protester
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Holly Sedgwick

Parent
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Ángel

Angel
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Mary Boone

Herself (Special Appearances by)
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William F. Buckley

Himself (Special Appearances by) (as William F. Buckley Jr.)
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Barney Frank

Himself (Special Appearances by) (as Rep. Barney Frank)
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Bill T. Jones

Himself (Special Appearances by)
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Fran Lebowitz

Herself (Special Appearances by)
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Arnold Lehman

Himself (Special Appearances by)
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Jesse McBride

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Salman Rushdie

Himself (Special Appearances by)
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Susan Sarandon

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Nadine Strossen

Herself (Special Appearances by)
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Nora Lem

Reporter (uncredited)
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Nancy E.L. Ward

Alice (uncredited)
Crew
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Frank Pierson

Director
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Ilene Chaiken

Writer
Disc Releases
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Dirty Pictures

(DVD)

11/28/2000

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