- 2 hr 2 min
Pollock is a 2000 drama about the life of troubled yet brilliant abstract expressionist Jackson Pollock. The movie is directed by Ed Harris, who also portrays Jackson Pollock in the film. Marcia Gay Harden won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress as Pollock's wife, Lee Krasner. The film begins with a drunken, struggling Jackson Pollock (Ed Harris) living in New York with his brother Sande (Robert Knott) and his wife Arloie (Molly Regan). Jackson meets fellow artist Lee Krasner (Marcia Gay Harden), who moves him in with her and becomes his manager. Lee kicks Jackson out once she tires of dealing with his neurosis and drunkenness. Jackson's friend Howard Putzel (Bud Cort) contacts collector Peggy Guggenheim (Amy Madigan), who goes to see Jackson's art. Peggy is impressed and contracts Jackson to do a painting. Jackson and Lee resume their relationship. Although his drinking has subsided, Lee agrees to marriage but insists on having no children. The revelation from Lee, along with a string of professional failures, causes Jackson to begin drinking again. A combination of alcohol and neurosis causes Jackson to have a violent episode, which ruins a Thanksgiving gathering with friends. The film fast forwards to the present (1950), with Jackson at an art exhibit. After a magazine review tends to favor another artist's work over Jackson's, he begins to drink yet again. His inability to abstain from alcohol leads to fights with Lee. He is also having an affair with fellow artist Ruth Klingman (Jennifer Connolly). Lee needs a break and goes to Italy for an extended stay with Peggy. Jackson continues to drink. Ruth goes to visit Jackson and brings along friend Edith Metzger (Sally Murphy). The trio decide to take a drive, with an extremely drunken Jackson at the wheel. The car crashes, killing both Jackson and Edith; Ruth is injured but survives. The film's epilogue states that Lee lives another 28 years and dies in 1984.