Driven from his job by anti-Semitism, a New Yorker (William H. Macy) consoles himself in his new marriage. That is until neighbours take umbrage at his Jewish appearance and seem determine to drive him out.

There are no subtleties here; every point is rammed home with dogged seriousness.

While American forces are fighting Fascism in Europe and Asia during World War II, back home anti-semitism is rife. Larry Newman, William H. Macy, personnel officer for a secretarial company, lives with his mother in the suburbs. Larry has to screen prospective employees, and Jews, or suspected Jews, are out; one of the victims of this prejudice is Gertrude Hart, Laura Dern. When Larry loses his job, because his new glasses make him look Jewish, he manages to get a job at a Jewish owned business where Gertrude works, and soon they`re married. But their neighbour, Fred, Meat Loaf Aday, is violently anti-semitic and a member of a secret society led by a Christian churchman. Finkelstein, David Paymer, the local storekeeper, is the first victim. As tensions increase the Newmans find themselves marginalised by the community...Focus is adapted by Kendrew Lascelles from a 1945 novel by playwright Arthur Miller, which was written just before Miller became famous with plays like All My Sons and Death Of A Salesman and just before films like Gentleman`s Agreement and Crossfire, which attacked anti-semitism. Though its heart is in the right place, Focus, directed by Neal Slavin, is extremely heavy-handed. There are no subtleties here; every point is rammed home with dogged seriousness. William H. Macy, is fine at playing the put-upon Everyman, but the production design - houses with brightly coloured interiors - looks more 70s than 40s, and the supporting characters never rise above the stereotype. A big disappointment.