Framing John DeLorean

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Framing John DeLorean
Framing John DeLorean poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byDon Argott
Sheena M. Joyce
Screenplay byDan Greeney
Alexandra Orton
Story byTamir Ardon
Don Argott
Sheena M. Joyce
Produced byTamir Ardon
Nick Spicer
Don Argott
Sheena M. Joyce
StarringAlec Baldwin
Morena Baccarin
Josh Charles
Dean Winters
Michael Rispoli
Jason Jones
CinematographyMatthew Santo
Edited byDemian Fenton
Music byBrooke Blair
Will Blair
XYZ Films
9.14 Pictures
Distributed bySundance Selects
Release dates
  • April 30, 2019 (2019-04-30) (Tribeca)
  • June 7, 2019 (2019-06-07) (United States)
Running time
109 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Box office$145,626[2][3]

Framing John DeLorean is a 2019 American documentary film directed by Don Argott and Sheena M. Joyce and written by Dan Greeney and Alexandra Orton. The film stars Alec Baldwin, Morena Baccarin, Josh Charles, Dean Winters, Michael Rispoli and Jason Jones. The film was released on June 7, 2019, by Sundance Selects.

While the film is structured as a documentary with a number of involved people as interview subjects, and the film also features reenactments of certain important scenes of DeLorean's story, it also features behind the scenes footage of the participants of the reenactment scenes with the crew; as well as providing their views on DeLorean out-of-character.


Interviews for the documentary segments include Baldwin and Baccarin, as well as Bill Collins and Zach DeLorean.


The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 30, 2019.[4] It was released on June 7, 2019, by Sundance Selects,[5] and was given a limited release in the UK on July 19 through Universal Studios.[6]

Home media[edit]

Shout! Factory released the film in the United States and Canada on DVD and Blu-ray on October 1, 2019.[7][8] It was released in the United Kingdom on digital download SD and HD on July 28, 2019.[9]


Box office[edit]

Framing John DeLorean has grossed $145,626 in the United States and Canada, for a total worldwide gross of $145,626 against an unknown production budget.[2][3]

Critical response[edit]

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 90% based on 51 reviews, with an average rating of 7.2/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Stranger than fiction and just as engrossing, Framing John DeLorean tells its incredible true story in appropriately freewheeling fashion."[10] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 67 out of 100, based on 17 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[11]

Owen Gleiberman of Variety wrote: "An absorbing documentary, with Alec Baldwin popping up in dramatic re-enactments, adds new insight to the inspiring and scandalous saga of John DeLorean, the auto magnate who got too high on his dream."[1] Glenn Kenny for The New York Times wrote "Framing John DeLorean tells a quintessentially American story of ambition and greed, with plot twists a fiction writer might consider outlandish."[12] Allan Hunter, writing for Screen International, said, "The film is hugely impressive. DeLorean is a persuasive advocate of his own greatness, the hero of his own narrative". Adding "Baldwin provides a running commentary on DeLorean’s nature and motivations, while we witness Baldwin being fitted with prosthetics and the jet black caterpillar eyebrows that were a DeLorean feature. All very meta but perhaps not entirely essential."[13]

In contrast, Rafer Guzman of Newsday called it "an uneven blend of fact and fiction", noting that "scenes are really just elaborate re-enactments that distract us and stop the flow of information. Even less welcome are several “meta” moments in which Baldwin pontificates about the man he's playing"[14]


  1. ^ a b Gleiberman, Owen (2019-04-30). "'Framing John DeLorean' Review: An Absorbing Doc With Re-enactments". Retrieved 2019-05-10.
  2. ^ a b "Framing John Delorean (2019)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved July 28, 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Framing John Delorean (2019)". The Numbers. Retrieved July 28, 2019.
  4. ^ "'Framing John DeLorean': Alec Baldwin-Starring Hybrid Doc Reframes Controversial Automaker". The Hollywood Reporter. 2019-05-03. Retrieved 2019-05-10.
  5. ^ "'Framing John DeLorean' Trailer: Alec Baldwin as Disgraced Auto Exec". The Hollywood Reporter. 2019-03-06. Retrieved 2019-05-10.
  6. ^ Alec Baldwin: 'You naughty English could fold sex into dentistry | October 19, 2019
  7. ^ Framing John DeLorean | Blu-ray | United States | Shout Factory | 2019 | 109 min | Not rated | Oct 01, 2019
  8. ^ Framing John DeLorean Format Releases | Shout Factory | 2019 | 109 min | Not rated | Oct 01, 2019
  9. ^ Framing John DeLorean available via Digital Download in July | 21 May 2019
  10. ^ "Framing John DeLorean (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved October 10, 2021.
  11. ^ "Framing John DeLorean Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 6 August 2020.
  12. ^ Framing John DeLorean – The New York Times | By Glenn Kenny | June 6, 2019
  13. ^ Framing John DeLorean: Tribeca Review | by Allan Hunter, 1 May 2019
  14. ^ 'Framing John DeLorean' review | By Rafer Guzmán | 12 June 2019

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