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Forty Shades of Blue (2005)

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A Russian woman living in Memphis with a much older rock-'n'-roll legend experiences a personal awakening when her husband's estranged son comes to visit.

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Ira Sachs
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dina Korzun ... Laura
Rip Torn ... Alan James
Darren E. Burrows ... Michael James (as Darren Burrows)
Andrew Lawrence Henderson ... Sam James (as Andrew Henderson)
Elizabeth Morton ... Cindy, Babysitter (as Liz Morton)
Joanne Pankow ... Aunt Betty
Arielle Kight Arielle Kight ... Teenage Singer
J. Blackfoot J. Blackfoot ... Herself
Red West ... Duigan
Jenny O'Hara ... Celia
Jerry Chipman ... Shel
Mary Jean Bentley ... Gena (as Mary Jean McAdams)
Charly Kayle Charly Kayle ... Karin
J. Allen Scott J. Allen Scott ... Press Photographer
Earl Randle Earl Randle ... Old Timer
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Storyline

Wealthy music producer Alan James lives with his beautiful Russian girlfriend Laura, thirty years younger than him, whom he met while he was in Russia on business. They have a three-year-old son. Alan is a music legend, having produced black music during the 60's and 70's, the golden era of Memphis Soul. They live an affluent life in a sprawling mansion on the banks of the Mississippi in Memphis, Tennessee. But, although she is comfortable, Laura feels lonely and isolated. Alan has an estranged adult son from a previous marriage, Michael, a literature professor, who is married and lives with his wife in Los Angeles. Michael and his father have a complicated relationship that is marred by disappointment, hampered by jealousy, and fueled by anger. When Michael returns home to Memphis for the first time in many years, although he had at first disapproved of his father's young girlfriend, a painful and dangerous love affair develops between him and Laura, his contemporary. As this ... Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Drama | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 December 2005 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

40 Tons de Azul See more »

Filming Locations:

Tennessee, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,940, 2 October 2005

Gross USA:

$75,828

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$172,569
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Connections

References Charulata (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

Ra Ra
Written by Corey Rogers
Performed by Coleon
Courtesy of Syntax Records
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Painful
31 January 2005 | by juneleaf44See all my reviews

Just saw this movie in the Best of Fest for Sundance 05 and can honestly say I hated every minute of it. As I walked out the theater I wondered if the Sundance judges had pulled a joke on us since this was the supposed Best Drama picture this year... I heard many other disgruntled folks around me saying this was just agonizing to sit through which sums it up perfectly. Although Rip Torn did a great job, the other characters were just plain annoying and moved through this hollow storyline without motive or any indication of life. Even the final shot of the movie evoked some unintentional laughter from the restless audience. This would be great for those battling insomnia.


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