Kinsey

Kinsey

Bill Condon (2004)

113min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Most people will find it difficult to imagine the level of sexual ignorance prevalent in 1948 when Alfred Kinsey published his ground-breaking book Sexual Behaviour in the Human Male. Without him, presumptions about sex that the Victorians would have been comfortable with might still persist. Director Bill Condon's excellent biopic charts the life of the academic (Liam Neeson) from his repressive religious childhood, when he is bullied by his moralistic father (John Lithgow), through his unsatisfactory first attempt at lovemaking with his wife (Laura Linney), which provokes his desire to research - and educate others about - human sexuality. Neeson has never been better, playing Kinsey as a scientist whose revolutionary research may be motivated as much by a need to justify his own desires as by a determination to pursue the truth. There's also a fantastic performance from Peter Sarsgaard as a researcher and sexual adventurist who represents the moral uneasiness some had, and some perhaps still have, about this new freedom.

Summary

Fact-based drama exploring the life and work of biologist Alfred Kinsey, who set out to study sexual practices in America. Concerned by the lack of scientific data available on the subject, he conducts a comprehensive series of interviews to document the full gamut of human sexuality - but is not prepared for the public outrage that greets his research. Starring Liam Neeson, Laura Linney, Chris O'Donnell and Peter Sarsgaard.

Cast & Crew

Alfred Kinsey Liam Neeson
Clara McMillen Laura Linney
Wardell Pomeroy Chris O'Donnell
Clyde Martin Peter Sarsgaard
Paul Gebhard Timothy Hutton
Alfred Seguine Kinsey John Lithgow
Thurman Rice Tim Curry
Herman Wells Oliver Platt
Alan Gregg Dylan Baker
Kenneth Braun William Sadler
Director Bill Condon
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxGuidance: Swearing, sex scenes and nudity.Available on: video and DVD
Drama