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Spielberg (2017)

A documentary on the life and career of one of the most influential film directors of all time, Steven Spielberg.

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Susan Lacy
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Steven Spielberg ... Himself
Martin Scorsese ... Himself - Director
Richard Dreyfuss ... Himself - Actor
Bill Butler ... Himself - Cinematographer
John Williams ... Himself - Composer
David Edelstein David Edelstein ... Himself - Film Critic
Michael Phillips ... Himself - Producer
Nancy Spielberg ... Herself - Sister
Anne Spielberg ... Herself - Sister
Janet Maslin Janet Maslin ... Herself - Film Critic
Sue Spielberg Sue Spielberg ... Herself - Sister
Leah Adler ... Herself - Parent
Arnold Spielberg ... Himself - Parent
J.J. Abrams ... Himself - Director
Sid Sheinberg ... Himself - Former President of MCA Inc. / Universal
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A documentary on the life and career of one of the most influential film directors of all time, Steven Spielberg.

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Direct from the heart. See more »


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TV-MA

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 October 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Color

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16:9 HD
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Trivia

There is no reference to Spielberg's movie "Always" , except brief appearance of Holly Hunter. See more »

Goofs

A clip of "Wayne's World 2" (1993) that parodies "Jurassic Park" is incorrectly labeled as "Wayne's World" (1992). The first "Wayne's World" film could not have included a parody of "Jurassic Park," since "Jurassic Park" had not yet been filmed when "Wayne's World" was released in 1992. See more »

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Herself - Film Critic: He speaks cinema as if it's his native language.
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Shines Because Of The Personal Interviews/Material
5 November 2017 | by zkonedogSee all my reviews

In the year 2017, it must be kind of difficult to produce a compelling documentary about a figure such as Steven Spielberg. I mean, in all honesty, what more can be said about the man that hasn't been already?! Where "Spielberg" really manages to shine, then, is in its coverage of Steven's personal life and background.

As per the usual, "Spielberg" covers all the "usual subjects" (Jaws, Indy, Schindler, Saving Private Ryan, etc.) and all the old stories get told yet again. Fortunately, the production values of this doc are good enough (that's what happens with the backing of HBO) that it never really feels old or stale.

Like I said, though, the real highlights are the personal interviews with Spielberg himself (or family members and those who know him closely). I learned many new things about his personal life, and I loved the home videos with wife Kate Capshaw and his seven children. We all know him as a fantastic filmmaker (which he surely is), but this doc does a really good job of portraying him as a person as well.

So, while perhaps not the most ground-breaking documentary of all-time, "Spielberg" is still entertaining (due to the production value) and information (personal information) and never failed to hold my interest during the almost 2.5 hour runtime.


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