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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


Awarded by
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


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
Clifford David
as Professor Smithson
Sean Skelton
as Staff Photographer
Susan Blommaert
as Staff Secretary
Arden Myrin
as Emily
John Epperson
as Effete Man In Gay Bar
Arthur French
as Sharecropper
Barry Del Sherman
as IU Reporter #1
Phillip Kushner
as Bellhop
Tuck Milligan
as NYC Reporter #3
Lindsay Schmidt
as Female Student #3
Michele Federer
as Gall Wasp Class Coed
Matthew Fahey
as Kinsey At 14
Katharine Houghton
as Mrs. Spaulding
Maryellen Owens
as Female Assistant Professor
Amy Wilson
as Marriage Class Coed
Jarleth Conroy
as Grocer
Harley Cross
as Young Man In Gay Bar
Roderick Hill
as Clerical Worker
Jaime Tirelli
as Hispanic Man
Michael Arkin
as NYC Reporter #1
Kate Reinders
as Female Student #1
David Harbour
as Robert Kinsey
John Krasinski
as Ben
Chandler Williams
as Prison Inmate
as Male Impersonator
Leigh Spofford
as Joan Kinsey
Henrietta Mantooth
as Poet
Romulus Linney
as Rep. B. Carroll Reece
Marcel Simoneau
as Male Student #2
Don Sparks
as Middle-Aged Businessman
Dan Ziskie
as NYC Reporter #2
Mark Mineart
as Slavic Man
Joe Badalucco
as Radio Repairman
Martin Murphy
as Bartender
Kate Jennings Grant
as Marjorie Hartford
John Ellison Conlee
as Bookstore Clerk
Will Denton
as Kinsey At 10
Jefferson Mays
as Effete Man's Friend
John Pruitt
as Male Student #4
Bobby Steggert
as Male Student #3
Peg Small
as Retired Teacher
Mara Hobel
as Female Student #2
Joe Zaloom
as Janitor
Bill Buell
as Dr. Thomas Lattimore
Randy Redd
as Student
Fred Burrell
as IU Reporter #2


Bill Condon
Gail Mutrux
Bill Condon
Carter Burwell
Composer (Music Score)
Virginia Katz
Richard Sherman
Production Designer
Nicholas Lundy
Art Director
Richard Guay
Adam Shulman
Associate Producer
Valerie Dean
Associate Producer
Francis Ford Coppola
Executive Producer
Bobby Rock
Executive Producer
Michael Kuhn
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
Douglas Aibel
Cindy Tolan
Melissa Mugavero
Production Assistant
Kevin Keefe
Transportation Captain
Carla White
Key Make-up
Ann Hadsell
ADR Mixer
Mo Henry
Negative Cutter
Stephen Consentino
Steadicam Operator
Sarah Nuttall
Production Coordinator
Kim Krafsky
Animal Trainer/Wrangler
Cara Rosenbloom
Personal Assistant
Emre Ozpirincci
Production Assistant
Guadalupe Rilova
Personal Assistant
Lamont Crawford
Ciara Bresnihan
Production Assistant
Angela Bellisio
Camera Loader
Thomas Ahlers
Production Assistant
Andy Cesana
Production Assistant
Robert Rinehart
Musical Performer
Mark Wolfe
Production Executive
Joann Atwood
Set Dresser
Michael Laudati
Jon Bernier
Production Assistant
Carter Burwell
Nicholas Vanderpool
Production Assistant
Alan Silverman
Gregg Barbanell
Foley Artist
Hilary Niederer
Assistant Costume Designer
Kim Maitland
Cable Person
Sharon Yamada
Musical Performer
Kati Meister
Matt Schreiber
Casting Assistant
Justine Dolan-Cote
Assistant Properties
Jim Bruce
Assistant Editor
Mollie Smith
Production Assistant
Shelly Woodworth
Musical Performer
Tom Sevcofic
Musical Performer
Linda Perkins
Second Assistant Director
Braden Belmonte
Second Assistant Camera
Chris Navarro
ADR Recordist
Daniel Paikin
Cable Person
Steve McAuliff
Animal Trainer/Wrangler
Blaise Corrigan
Stunts Coordinator
Jason Piatt
Foley Mixer
James Sarzotti
Paul Hackner
Dialogue Editor
Nina Fiore
Production Assistant
Alexandra Arlango
Personal Assistant
Steve Pederson
Re-Recording Mixer
Jill Tandy
Production Executive
Aina Abiodun
Production Assistant
Deborah Ricketts
Anthony Dimeo
Properties Master
Ken Bichel
Musical Performer
Michael Geisler
Foley Supervisor
Alex Raspa
ADR Recordist
Todd Kleitsch
Makeup Special Effects
Diana Schmidt
Unit Production Manager
Kenton Jakub
ADR Editor
Stacey Shames
Musical Performer
Clay Liversidge
Generator Operator
Gary Ritchie
Alison Barton
Best Boy Grip
Wayne Herndon
Hair Styles
Laura Cass
Casting Assistant
Mel Cannon
Malcolm Ritchie
Production Executive
Bruno Michels
Production Assistant
Joni Finlay
Set Dresser
Tony Campenni
Dolly Grip
Scott Kincaid
Tom Shinn
Lance Brown
Re-Recording Mixer
Alan Stepansky
Musical Performer
Richard Hebrank
Construction Coordinator
Nadine Asin
Musical Performer
Kenny Becker
Color Timing
Harriet Fidlow
ADR Editor
Caitlin McGinty
Production Secretary
Josh Comen
Visual Effects Producer
Amy Safhay
Jen Crammer
Assistant Production Coordinator
Laura Lim
Production Assistant
Joe Badalucco
Assistant Properties
John Patitucci
Musical Performer