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Salinger (2013)

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An unprecedented look inside the private world of J.D. Salinger, the reclusive author of The Catcher in the Rye.

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Shane Salerno
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The life of author J.D. Salinger from his military service in World War II to the publication of his novel 'Catcher in the Rye' in 1951.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Philip Seymour Hoffman ... Himself
Edward Norton ... Himself
John Cusack ... Himself
Martin Sheen ... Himself
Tom Wolfe ... Himself
Gore Vidal ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stephen Adly Guirgis ... Himself
Judd Apatow ... Himself
A. Scott Berg A. Scott Berg ... Himself
Tony Bill ... Himself
Todd Brandenburg Todd Brandenburg ... Salinger
Glenn Gordon Caron ... Himself
Danny DeVito ... Himself
E.L. Doctorow ... Himself
Elizabeth Frank Elizabeth Frank ... Herself
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An unprecedented look inside the private world of J.D. Salinger, the reclusive author of The Catcher in the Rye.

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Uncover the mystery but don't spoil the secrets! See more »

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Documentary

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for disturbing war images, thematic elements and smoking | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 September 2013 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Gåtan J. D. Salinger See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$86,956, 8 September 2013

Gross USA:

$583,633

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$650,675
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Production Co:

The Story Factory See more »
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Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The film's theatrical poster is based on the famous cover of the Bantam paperback edition of "The Catcher In The Rye". See more »

Goofs

When reviewing JD Salinger's military service, the painting "The Price" by war artist Tom Lea is briefly shown. The image of the painting has been flopped from left to right. See more »

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Features Today (1952) See more »

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The great writer remains a mystery.
1 October 2013 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

". . . I'm standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff—I mean if they're running and they don't look where they're going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them. That's all I'd do all day. I'd just be the catcher in the rye and all." Holden Caulfield, The Catcher in the Rye

No writer in the 20th century cultivated such an obsessive privacy as J. D. Salinger. As famed as his Catcher in the Rye was, he was equally jealous of his privacy. Shane Salerno's documentary "Salinger" does a modest job highlighting his almost hermit life in New England. However, the above quote reveals as much as any documentary could hope to do the innocence and privacy of Salinger's iconic character and maybe himself.

Otherwise, this doc is occasionally and unintentionally hilarious when it uses the same still photos of Salinger over and over for want of an extant variety. A few of the talking heads are actors who may have no real cred to talk about the author (Martin Sheen, Phillip Seymour Hoffman); at other times the real deals like author and friend A.E. Hotchner and noted writer Gore Vidal comment with insight.

The women such as Joyce Maynard, who lived with him, and his daughter Margaret provide the best insight into his emotional and physical isolation. Beyond these first-hand recollections, it's hard for director Shane Salerno to shake anything new from the Salinger tree of life. The Internet holds the same information.

Then there's the heavy-handed music, most amusingly prominent in the final sequence that reveals what the Internet already has disclosed: Salinger, who died in 2010 at 91, authorized several original works to be released between 2015 and 2020. This information is about the only new material in the documentary.

In the end, Salinger himself is in charge. Most of the commentary is broad and speculative, lacking the inside information the world clamors for. He is as rebellious and disdainful of phoniness as Holden Caulfield. Actually, he probably is Caulfield--I fit right in with the other clueless commentators.

J.D. Salinger remains an enigma and a powerful one at that: "If three people used something I wrote in this fashion, I'd be very troubled by it." Playwright John Guare on crimes by Catcher in the Rye devotees.


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