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Norman Mailer: The American 2011 NR CC

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3.7 out of 5 stars (12) IMDb 6.4/10

A provocateur, a rebel, a performer and notorious anarchist, Norman Mailer never stopped giving people something to talk about. This shocking documentary goes beyond the Mailer of the bookshelves and bestseller lists to reveal Mailer the social critic, filmmaker, family man and lover, giving a rare and unique insight into the life of a complex, intellectual man and villainous hero.

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Muhammad Ali, Beverly Bentley
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1 hour, 25 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Documentary, Kids & Family
Director Joseph Mantegna
Starring Muhammad Ali, Beverly Bentley
Supporting actors William F. Buckley, Lady Jeanne Campbell, Dick Cavett, Mary Dearborn, Edwin Fancher, Janet Flanner, Gary Gilmore, Allen Ginsberg, Lenny Green, J. Michael Lennon, Adele Mailer, Danielle Mailer, Norman Mailer, Norris Mailer, Dwayne Raymond, Barney Rosset, Harriet Sohmers Zwerling, Richard Stratton
Studio Syndicado
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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By Suzinne Barrett VINE VOICE on September 1, 2012
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Norman Mailer had swagger, and this very well produced documentary makes that perfectly clear. Certainly, Mr. Mailer had a way with the ladies having married 6 times, siring 9 children. With some people, they tend to marry a certain type over and over again. Not Norman. Norman's wives were a varied and very interesting lot. And that's one of the real strengths in this film - hearing those "other halves" telling their side of the craziness. Because it all was crazy, in fact, very crazy. Adele Mailer is very forthright and details the famous party during which she got stabbed by Mailer. In Norman's words "he was stabbing the cancer out of her," although she wasn't so afflicted. Seems he was obsessed with cancer. Afterwards, Norman confesses to his wife Adele that, as she was being pulled away on a gurney by the paramedics, "she never looked more beautiful." Disturbing to Adele and anyone witnessing her account. Madness was indeed part of Mailer's makeup.

From the beginning, Mailer's ego was seeded by his mother's complete and absolute adoration. As Adele Mailer comments, throughout it all "Norman was married to one woman, his mother." The resulting ego drives Mailer to achieve all sorts of pinnacles: many books, films, starting the Village Voice, a run for Mayor of New York City and boxing in the ring. Great clips in this film, and one of the most entertaining has to be the Dick Cavett show. Accompanying Gore Vidal and Janet Flanner on the panel is Norman Mailer in all his testosterone fueled fury. Each and everyone in that studio seemed to be against him, and that only seemed to egg him on. He reveled in the power of his personality. As part of the conversation, an essay of Gore's comes to light.
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By ARizz98 on November 14, 2013
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I already knew Mailer was considered egotistical, abrasive, and foul-mouthed. After twenty minutes of footage that confirmed this, I shut off the stream. I was curious enough to watch some of it, but I didn't find it interesting enough to continue. I came away with the impression that Mailer had been spoiled as a child, and never grew out of it.
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Norman Mailer was a genius. He was also incredibly violent and mentally ill. This excellent documentary explores Mailer's dark side through interviews with his family members, biographers, ex-wives and critics. Excellent archival footage is used through out the film.
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By Brownie212 on November 25, 2013
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Disgusting, distasteful, over-rated, no class, weirdo. "Drop your c**s and get out of your f**t sacks you b**t*rds" ???? That is how you speak to children? I think the daughter in this film needs so much therapy she won't even realize how much in her entire lifetime. He wasn't a voice of generations, he was a scourge on American culture, just like the Lindsay Lohan and Miley Cyrus hacks we are now subjected to on a daily basis.

Good riddance.
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Having never heard of Norman Mailer prior to this movie, I went in with an open mind.

I wish I had still never heard of him.
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Brought back memories.
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