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Paul Goodman Changed My Life (2011)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $36,056Details
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Paul Goodman was once so ubiquitous in the American zeitgeist that he merited a cameo in Woody Allen’s Annie Hall. Author of legendary bestseller Growing Up Absurd (1960), Goodman was also a poet, 1940s out queer (and family man), pacifist, visionary, co-founder of Gestalt therapy—and a moral compass for many in the burgeoning counterculture of the ’60s. Using archival multimedia—selections from Goodman’s poetry; quotes from Susan Sontag, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Noam Chomsky; plentiful footage of Goodman himself; plus interviews with his family, peers and activists—director/producer Jonathan Lee and producer/editor Kimberly Reed have woven together a portrait of an intellectual heavyweight.


Rotten Tomatoes
Critics FreshAudience Upright
95% - Fresh
64% - Upright

Movie Details

Domestic Releases: October 19th, 2011 (Limited) by Zeitgeist
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 89 minutes
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Keywords: LGBT, Writing and Writers, Biography
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Factual
Production Companies: JSL Films
Production Countries: United States


Paul Goodman    Himself
Epi Bohdi    Herself
Jason Epstein    Himself
Zeke Finkelstein    Himself
Richard Flacks    Himself
Frieda Gardner    Herself

Production and Technical Credits

Producer    Jonathan Lee
Producer    Kimberly Reed
Editor    Kimberly Reed
Co-Producer    Robert Hawk
Cinematographer    Benjamin Shapiro
Co-Producer    Isael Ehrisman
Composer    Miriam Cutler

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October 21st, 2011

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Daily Box Office Performance

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2011/10/21 89 $5,754   1 $5,754   $9,754 5
2011/10/28 89 $4,517 -21% 1 $4,517   $17,703 12
2011/11/04 102 $1,646 -64% 1 $1,646   $21,882 19
2011/11/11 112 $138 -92% 1 $138   $22,020 26
2011/12/02 90 $1,099   1 $1,099   $23,209 47
2011/12/09 104 $617 -44% 2 $309   $24,266 54
2011/12/16 103 $17 -97% 1 $17   $24,333 61
2011/12/30 82 $566   1 $566   $25,020 75
2012/01/06 76 $2,497 +341% 2 $1,249   $29,488 82
2012/01/27 83 $1,207   2 $604   $31,510 103
2012/02/10 86 $2,596   2 $1,298   $34,605 117

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