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Career Girls (1997)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 8 August 1997 (USA)
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2 young women reunite and rekindle their friendship after having said goodbye at their college graduation, six years earlier.

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Mike Leigh

Writer:

Mike Leigh
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Katrin Cartlidge ... Hannah
Lynda Steadman Lynda Steadman ... Annie
Kate Byers Kate Byers ... Claire
Mark Benton ... Richard 'Ricky' Burton
Andy Serkis ... Mr. Evans
Joe Tucker ... Adrian
Margo Stanley Margo Stanley ... Ricky's Nan
Michael Healy Michael Healy ... Lecturer
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Storyline

Career girls opens with a train journey towards London's Kings Cross where Annie, one of the major characters is about to meet her old university friend Hannah. She recalls moving into a grotty student flat with Hannah in the mid-eighties. In those days Annie was self conscious and jumpy. The pair have not seen one another since graduation. They both now have moderately successful careers and are, at least on the surface, self assured in their new lives. However, they are still carrying a lot of emotional baggage from their university days. During the course of a weekend they rediscover their close friendship and encounter many faces from the past. Written by Sophie Cockcroft

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This Holliday Weekend spend in the company of women See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 August 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Simplemente amigas See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$93,303, 10 August 1997

Gross USA:

$2,416,734

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,416,734
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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The main characters' names "Hannah" and "Annie" are etymologically the same name. See more »

Quotes

Annie: I'll cook you some pasta, like the old days.
Hannah: Living in the pasta.
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Connections

Featured in Mike Leigh in Conversation (2008) See more »

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Reaches deep into your heart.
13 April 1999 | by Doctor_BombaySee all my reviews

When I saw Mike Leigh's Naked, the first time, one word, genius, never left my mind. I still think it is one of the most intelligent pieces of filmmaking I have ever seen.

About 180 degrees away in its subject matter, Career Girls affects me even more strongly. The idea that a couple of college girl-chums might get together after a few odd years, is nothing new. The film effectively puts their relationship under a microscope, in two drastically different times of maturation, the college years, and the 10 or so years after. Under that scrutiny each will blossom, brilliantly, through the short span of the film, much like a rose blooms in time-lapse photography. It's a helluva notion. Leigh accomplishes it all brilliantly.

We have all seen buddy pictures, and Career Girls is no 48 Hours, or Lethal Weapon. It's a truly sensitive look into the human soul, the human heart portraying a friendship we only imagine.

This film literally leaves me breathless.


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