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USA: Sony Pictures Classics
UK: Columbia TriStar Films (UK)
Cast: Ed Harris, Marcia Gay Harden, Amy Madigan, Jennifer Connelly, Jeffrey Tambor , Bud Cort, John Heard, Val Kilmer, Tom Bower, Robert Knott, David Leary, John Nesci, Julie Anna Rose, John Rothman, Sada Thompson, Rebecca Wisocky, Molly Regan, Eulala Grace Harden, Matthew Sussman
Director: Ed Harris
USA: 122 mins
UK: 123 mins
USA Rated: R for language and brief sexuality
UK Certificate: 18 contains very strong language
USA Release Date: 16 February 2001 (Limited Release)
USA Release Date: 15 December 2000 (Limited Release - Los Angeles and New York)
UK Release Date: 24 May 2002
In August of 1949, Life Magazine ran a banner headline that begged the question: "Jackson Pollock: Is he the greatest living painter in the United States?" Already well known in the New York art world, Pollock (Ed Harris) had become a household name--American's first "Art Star"--and his bold and radical style of painting continued to change the course of modern art.
However the torments that had plagued the artist all of his life--perhaps the ones that drove him to paint in the first place, or that helped script his fiercely original art--continued to haunt him. As he struggled with self-doubt, engaging in a lonely tug-of-war between needing to express himself and wanting to shut the world out, Pollock began a downward spiral that would threaten to destroy the foundations of his marriage, the promise of his career, and his life--all on one deceptively calm and balmy summer night in 1956.