Salinger Sunday, 29 March 2020


Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Mature themes and war footage.

  • The pitch:

    The Catcher in the Wry.

  • Starring:

    Stephen Adly Guirgis, Judd Apatow, A. Scott Berg, John Cusack, Danny DeVito, E. L. Doctorow, Elizabeth Frank, John Guare, Philip Seymour Hoffman, A. E. Hotchner, Joyce Maynard, David Milch, Jean Miller, Edward Norton, JD Salinger, Margaret Salinger, Martin Sheen, Gore Vidal, Robert Towne, Tom Wolfe

  • Directed by:

    Shane Salerno

  • Running time:

    120 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), NR (USA), PG-13 (USA)


    Frequent WWII archival footage featuring soldiers, tanks, artillery, land raids, gunfire, explosions, missiles, air raids, D-Day, the Battle of the Bulge, V-Day, concentration camps, military training, bayonets, cannons, landing craft, burning buildings, extensive property damage, debris, Nazis, swastikas. Holocaust, interrogation mentioned. Archival footage of John Lennon murder, attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan, Rebecca Schaeffer murder. Fictional references to suicide (shooting). Rape mentioned (figurative). Blood/gore: WWII images feature corpses (burned, buried, mass graves, skeletons), severely wounded soldiers (blood-splattered heads, missing limbs, torn clothing, victims on stretchers). Arm blown off, victims burned alive mentioned. Painting of bloody soldier.


    Kissing. References to sexual relationships. Virginity, infidelity, infatuation with younger girls mentioned. Swimwear, dancewear. Cleavage.


    Alcohol (wine, spirits, cocktails). Smoking (cigarettes, cigars, pipe). Poker mentioned. Doing drugs mentioned.


    Crap, bastard. Religious references. Telepathy mentioned.


    JD Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye, photojournalism, writing, editing, publishing, proofreading, perfectionism, biography, documentary, manuscripts, literature, fiction, ego, military service, enlistment, World War II, The New Yorker, rejection, humiliation, hero worship, movie making, fans, marriage, relationships, obsession, genius, fatherhood, patriotism, counter-intelligence, history, reclusion, anonymity, piracy, personal demons, Oona O'Neill, Charlie Chaplin.


    Relationship breakups, marriage, divorce, PTSD, war flashbacks discussed. Deceased wife, foster homes mentioned. Military burials, Nuremberg Hospital setting. Dogs, seagulls, cat (drawing), horse, planes. Phobias (fire, elevators, tunnels) mentioned. School expulsion, nervous breakdown, insanity, trauma mentioned. Fur worn. Some flash editing has mild strobe effect.


    Effective, comprehensive, informative, fascinating, revelatory. Compelling and captivating at times, exhaustively researched.


    Overlong, repetitive, histrionic, sensationalist, superficial, disappointing, idiotic, sloppy, dull, heavy-handed, hyperventilating. Bombastic style, preposterous score, tacky re-enactments, overstated dramatics, frequent timeline jumps, unqualified interviewees, distracting narrative techniques, assumes prior knowledge, puts positive spin on callous behaviours, neglects any mention of Salinger's actual prose/style/language.

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