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Married Life (2007)

PG-13 | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 28 March 2008 (USA)
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A 1940s-set drama where an adulterous man plots his wife's death instead of putting her through the humiliation of a divorce.

Director:

Ira Sachs

Writers:

Ira Sachs (screenplay), Oren Moverman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Cooper ... Harry Allen
Annabel Kershaw ... Miss Jones
Pierce Brosnan ... Richard Langley
Patricia Clarkson ... Pat Allen
Rachel McAdams ... Kay Nesbitt
Sheila Paterson Sheila Paterson ... Mrs. Walsh
David Richmond-Peck ... Tom
Erin Boyes ... Becky
Elijah St. Germain Elijah St. Germain ... Little Charlie
Terence Kelly ... Dr. Anderson
Timothy Webber ... Alvin Walters
Rebecca Codling Rebecca Codling ... Photo Store Clerk
David Wenham ... John O'Brien
Dolores Drake ... Cinema Cashier
Malcolm Boddington Malcolm Boddington ... Well-Tailored Man
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Storyline

The late 1940s. Richard Langley, a bachelor playboy, narrates a story that starts when his best friend, Harry Allen, invites him to lunch to tell Richard he's in love. Trouble is, Harry's already married to Pat; he worries Pat would be hurt too deeply by a divorce. Then, Harry's new love, Kay, joins them. Richard is smitten, so when he finds out that Pat may be in love with someone else but won't tell Harry because she fears he would be too hurt, Richard can't decide if he should let all the cats out of the bag. He'd unite pairs of lovers, but he'd lose Kay. Meanwhile, Harry decides that a swift end to Pat's life would be more kind than divorcing her. He buys poison. Murder will out? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

Do you know what really goes on in the mind of the person with whom you sleep?

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 March 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Marriage See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$55,851, 9 March 2008

Gross USA:

$1,507,990

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,888,315
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Sound Mix:

SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

Richard Langley sees the film Pandora and the Flying Dutchman in a movie theater in 1949, two years before movie's release. See more »

Quotes

Kay Nesbitt: A woman needs to be loved, and that's true. But it's not the whole truth. She also needs somebody to love.
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Soundtracks

Duet. Act 2. Barcarolle (vocal)
Written by Jacques Offenbach
Performed by OGM Classical Strings
Courtesy of OGM Production Music/Ole George Music
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Not what it seems...
18 March 2008 | by b108rokSee all my reviews

Before I saw this film, I knew two things about it: The 4 lead actors, and it took place in the early 50's. After seeing Patricia Clarkson in "Far From Heaven," I was anxious to see her play in this period again.

I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by this film. At first I didn't know what to make of it, or where it was going. It is a dark comedy. The twists and turns of the film are completely unexpected. It kept me on my toes, and the 4 lead performances were great.

Without going into the synopsis too much (you can find that anywhere) if I had to compare this film to another..... I'd say it's kind of a darker, funnier "Closer", but set in the early 50's.

What I found interesting about the film is that it was incredibly complex, well-written characters, in very complex situations, set in a very simple time.

Let's talk about Patricia Clarkson for a minute. This is an actress who should've been nominated for several Supporting Actress Oscars by now. (The Green Mile, All The Real Girls, Far From Heaven, Lars and the Real Girl.. to name a few). I hope she finally gets some recognition as the Leading Actress in this film.

Rachel McAdams: This proves her acting abilities. She is incredible in this film. She is so beautiful, subtle, and so commanding. Definitely her most mature role to date.

Of course, I expect nothing less from Oscar-winner Chris Cooper. This proves to me though that he can carry a film, and not just be a strong supporting character.

Brosnan is great too in the least "meaty" I'd say of the 4 leading roles. He is very suave, but also provides some unexpected comic relief.

Great film! Go and see this.


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