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Alfred Kinsey was an entomologist who taught at Indiana University and had a keen interest in an area of human behavior that had seen little scholarly research -- human sexuality. While the courtship and reproductive patterns of animals had been carefully documented, Kinsey believed that most "established facts" about human sexual behavior were a matter of conjecture rather than research and that what most people said about their sex lives was not born out by the evidence (a subject that had personal resonance for him given the troubles he and his wife Clara Kinsey had in the early days of their marriage). After introducing a course in "Marriage" at Indiana University which offered frank and factual information on sex to students, Kinsey began an exhaustive series of interviews with a wide variety of people from all walks of life in order to find out the truth about sex practices in America. When he published Sexual Behavior and the Human Male in 1948, his findings were wildly controversial, indicating that most men had a wider variety of sexual experiences than most people imagined, including a number of practices commonly thought to be dangerous or perverted (including pre-marital sex, same-sex contacts, and masturbation). An even greater outcry greeted Kinsey's next volume, Sexual Behavior and the Human Female, which contradicted common notions than most women went into marriage sexually inexperienced. Kinsey is a film biography written and directed by Bill Condon which examines Kinsey's life and work from his strict childhood until his death in 1956. Liam Neeson plays Alfred Kinsey, and Laura Linney co-stars as Kinsey's wife and colleague Clara. John Lithgow highlights the supporting cast as Kinsey's repressed and moralistic father, while Chris O'Donnell, Peter Sarsgaard, and Timothy Hutton play members of Kinsey's research team and Tim Curry appears as an IU faculty member at odds with Kinsey's teachings. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:November 12, 2004

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Writers Guild of America Bill Condon Best Original Screenplay 2004 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association Bill Condon Best Screenplay 2004 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Bill Condon Best Screenplay 2004 Nominee
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Liam Neeson Best Actor 2004 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Liam Neeson Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 2004 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Liam Neeson Best Actor 2004 Nominee
London Film Critics Association Liam Neeson Best British Actor 2005 Nominee
National Society of Film Critics Peter Sarsgaard Best Supporting Actor (Runner-up) 2004 Winner
Broadcast Film Critics Association Peter Sarsgaard Best Supporting Actor 2004 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Peter Sarsgaard Best Supporting Actor 2004 Nominee
National Board of Review Laura Linney Best Supporting Actress 2004 Winner
National Society of Film Critics Laura Linney Best Supporting Actress (Runner-up) 2004 Winner
Screen Actors Guild Laura Linney Best Supporting Actress 2004 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Laura Linney Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 2004 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association Laura Linney Best Supporting Actress 2004 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Laura Linney Best Supporting Actress 2004 Nominee
London Film Critics Association Laura Linney Best Actress 2005 Nominee

Cast

Liam Neeson
as Alfred Kinsey
Laura Linney
as Clara Kinsey
Chris O'Donnell
as Wardell Pomeroy
Peter Sarsgaard
as Clyde Martin
Timothy Hutton
as Paul Gebhard
John Lithgow
as Alfred Seguine Kinsey
Tim Curry
as Thurman Rice
Oliver Platt
as Herman Wells
Dylan Baker
as Alan Gregg
Julianne Nicholson
as Alice Martin
Bill Sadler
as Kenneth Braun
John McMartin
as Huntington Hartford
Veronica Cartwright
as Sara Kinsey
Kathleen Chalfant
as Barbara Merkle
Heather Goldenhersh
as Martha Pomeroy
Dagmara Dominczyk
as Agnes Gebhard
Lynn Redgrave
as Final Interview Subject
David Harbour
as Robert Kinsey
Kate Jennings Grant
as Marjorie Hartford
Chandler Williams
as Prison Inmate
John Krasinski
as Ben
John Ellison Conlee
as Bookstore Clerk
Will Denton
as Kinsey At 10
Roderick Hill
as Clerical Worker
Matthew Fahey
as Kinsey At 14
Michael Arkin
as NYC Reporter #1
Arthur French
as Sharecropper
Katharine Houghton
as Mrs. Spaulding
Arden Myrin
as Emily
Jefferson Mays
as Effete Man's Friend
Reno
as Male Impersonator
Jaime Tirelli
as Hispanic Man
John Epperson
as Effete Man In Gay Bar
Maryellen Owens
as Female Assistant Professor
Amy Wilson
as Marriage Class Coed
Leigh Spofford
as Joan Kinsey
Jarleth Conroy
as Grocer
John Pruitt
as Male Student #4
Dan Ziskie
as NYC Reporter #2
Barry Del Sherman
as IU Reporter #1
Henrietta Mantooth
as Poet
Peg Small
as Retired Teacher
Clifford David
as Professor Smithson
Mara Hobel
as Female Student #2
Joe Zaloom
as Janitor
Mark Mineart
as Slavic Man
Joe Badalucco
as Radio Repairman
Phillip Kushner
as Bellhop
Kate Reinders
as Female Student #1
Martin Murphy
as Bartender
Sean Skelton
as Staff Photographer
Bobby Steggert
as Male Student #3
Tuck Milligan
as NYC Reporter #3
Lindsay Schmidt
as Female Student #3
Michele Federer
as Gall Wasp Class Coed
Romulus Linney
as Rep. B. Carroll Reece
Susan Blommaert
as Staff Secretary
Bill Buell
as Dr. Thomas Lattimore
Randy Redd
as Student
Harley Cross
as Young Man In Gay Bar
Marcel Simoneau
as Male Student #2
Fred Burrell
as IU Reporter #2
Don Sparks
as Middle-Aged Businessman

Crew

Bill Condon
Director
Gail Mutrux
Producer
Bill Condon
Screenwriter
Carter Burwell
Composer (Music Score)
Virginia Katz
Editor
Richard Sherman
Production Designer
Nicholas Lundy
Art Director
Richard Guay
Co-producer
Adam Shulman
Associate Producer
Valerie Dean
Associate Producer
Michael Kuhn
Executive Producer
Bobby Rock
Executive Producer
Francis Ford Coppola
Executive Producer
Kirk D'Amico
Executive Producer
Andrew Baseman
Set Decorator
Bruce Finlayson
Costume Designer
T.J. O'Mara
Sound/Sound Designer
Jude Gorjanc
First Assistant Director
Cindy Tolan
Casting
Douglas Aibel
Casting
Clay Liversidge
Generator Operator
Stephen Consentino
Steadicam Operator
Braden Belmonte
Second Assistant Camera
Gary Ritchie
Recording
Guadalupe Rilova
Personal Assistant
Kenton Jakub
ADR Editor
Mel Cannon
Grip
Jim Bruce
Assistant Editor
Josh Comen
Visual Effects Producer
Ann Hadsell
ADR Mixer
Amy Safhay
Greensman
Bruno Michels
Production Assistant
Joni Finlay
Set Dresser
Lamont Crawford
Grip
Chris Navarro
ADR Recordist
Sarah Nuttall
Production Coordinator
Jen Crammer
Assistant Production Coordinator
Daniel Paikin
Cable Person
Laura Lim
Production Assistant
Alison Barton
Best Boy Grip
Joe Badalucco
Assistant Properties
Kim Krafsky
Animal Trainer/Wrangler
Ciara Bresnihan
Production Assistant
Steve McAuliff
Animal Trainer/Wrangler
John Patitucci
Musical Performer
Wayne Herndon
Hair Styles
Alan Silverman
Recording
Blaise Corrigan
Stunts Coordinator
Angela Bellisio
Camera Loader
Cara Rosenbloom
Personal Assistant
Laura Cass
Casting Assistant
Gregg Barbanell
Foley Artist
Jason Piatt
Foley Mixer
Melissa Mugavero
Production Assistant
Kevin Keefe
Transportation Captain
Carter Burwell
Conductor
Michael Laudati
Makeup
Richard Hebrank
Construction Coordinator
Jon Bernier
Production Assistant
Jill Tandy
Production Executive
Kati Meister
Research
Aina Abiodun
Production Assistant
Nadine Asin
Musical Performer
Nicholas Vanderpool
Production Assistant
Stacey Shames
Musical Performer
Malcolm Ritchie
Production Executive
Tom Sevcofic
Musical Performer
Deborah Ricketts
Research
Emre Ozpirincci
Production Assistant
Mo Henry
Negative Cutter
Mollie Smith
Production Assistant
Todd Kleitsch
Makeup Special Effects
Carla White
Key Make-up
Shelly Woodworth
Musical Performer
Kenny Becker
Color Timing
Matt Schreiber
Casting Assistant
Diana Schmidt
Unit Production Manager
Harriet Fidlow
ADR Editor
Justine Dolan-Cote
Assistant Properties
Caitlin McGinty
Production Secretary
Linda Perkins
Second Assistant Director
Sharon Yamada
Musical Performer
Alan Stepansky
Musical Performer
Alex Raspa
ADR Recordist
Joann Atwood
Set Dresser
Steve Pederson
Re-Recording Mixer
Nina Fiore
Production Assistant
James Sarzotti
Makeup
Hilary Niederer
Assistant Costume Designer
Michael Geisler
Foley Supervisor
Robert Rinehart
Musical Performer
Alexandra Arlango
Personal Assistant
Mark Wolfe
Production Executive
Paul Hackner
Dialogue Editor
Anthony Dimeo
Properties Master
Ken Bichel
Musical Performer
Tony Campenni
Dolly Grip
Scott Kincaid
Electrician
Thomas Ahlers
Production Assistant
Lance Brown
Re-Recording Mixer
Tom Shinn
Electrician
Andy Cesana
Production Assistant
Kim Maitland
Cable Person
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