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Rules Don't Apply (2016)

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The unconventional love story of an aspiring actress, her ambitious driver, and their eccentric boss, the legendary billionaire Howard Hughes.

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Warren Beatty

Writers:

Warren Beatty (screenplay by), Warren Beatty (story by) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Tom ... TV Newsman #2
Paul Sorvino ... Vernon Scott
Peter Mackenzie ... Gene Handsaker
Ivar Brogger ... T.V. Newsman #1
Dan Desmond Dan Desmond ... Gladwin Hill
Alden Ehrenreich ... Frank Forbes
Matthew Broderick ... Levar Mathis
Candice Bergen ... Nadine Henly
Martin Sheen ... Noah Dietrich
Hart Bochner ... Colonel Willis
Karl Florine Karl Florine ... Air Traffic Controller (as Karl J. Florine)
Annette Bening ... Lucy Mabrey
Lily Collins ... Marla Mabrey
Madisyn Ritland Madisyn Ritland ... Bella
Louise Linton ... Betty
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Storyline

It's Hollywood, 1958. Aspiring actress, songwriter, small town beauty queen and devout Baptist virgin Marla Mabrey (Lily Collins) has a contract with movie mogul Howard Hughes (Warren Beatty) and arrives with her mother (Annette Bening) in Los Angeles to do a screen test for one of his film projects. At the airport, they meet their driver Frank Forbes (Alden Ehrenreich). Forbes is an ambitious young man with a business plan and engaged to his 7th grade sweetheart, both deeply religious Methodists. The instant attraction that Marla and Frank feel for each other not only puts their religious convictions and moral values to the test, but also defies Hughes' #1 rule: No employee is allowed to have any relationship whatsoever with a contract actress. Hughes' enigmatic behavior intersects with Marla and Frank in separate and unexpected ways, and as they are drawn deeper into his bizarre world, their values are challenged and their lives are changed. Written by 20th Century Fox

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual material including brief strong language, thematic elements, and drug references | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 November 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Exceção à Regra See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,589,625, 27 November 2016

Gross USA:

$3,652,206

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,885,342
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Dolby Digital | Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The film cast includes one Oscar winner: Warren Beatty; and six Oscar nominees: Alec Baldwin, Amy Madigan, Ed Harris, Steve Coogan, Candice Bergen and Annette Bening. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the 1958 scenes, Frank is driving a 1961 Chrysler. Hughes wasn't that rich. See more »

Quotes

[Hughes alone with the drunk and flirtatious Marla]
Howard Hughes: You make an old guy courageous, Marla...
Marla Mabrey: Is that a compliment, Howard ?
Howard Hughes: You're not calling me Mr. Hughes... Makes me feel so much younger.
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Crazy Credits

The end credits contain the standard disclaimer that all characters are fictional. But Howard Hughes, as well as his aides Noah Dietrich (played by Martin Sheen) and Robert Maheu (Alec Baldwin) are real people. See more »

Connections

Featured in Lorraine: Episode dated 14 October 2016 (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Cerveza
Written by Shorty Rogers
Performed by Boots Brown and His Blockbusters
Courtesy of RCA Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Candice Bergen
12 September 2017 | by fanaticusanonymousSee all my reviews

I love Warren Beatty, I always have. First time I saw him in a movie was in Bonnie and Clyde. For me his name had something magic. Splendor In The Grass, The Roman Spring Of Mrs. Stone, Lilith. The beauty of the man didn't seem to interfere with the character he was playing, remember All Fall Down? I waited for Rules Don't Apply with feverish anticipation, like I haven't waited for a movie since I was a kid. I sat through it for the first time, amused, surprised and delighted. But a few hours later the film started unreeling in my mind. Candice Bergen? Did I see Candice Bergen playing a secretary, handing papers, standing in the background, staring at the TV, on the phone? No, it couldn't be. Candice Bergen for goodness sake, an American icon. The thought muddled my memory of the film. I saw Rules Don't Apply again last night. Yes, it was Candice Bergen. Wow! What one will do for friends. On a second viewing I saw it as an unsentimental valentine to what it was, with a hopeful wonderous future beyond us way beyond us. I'll see it again soon and see what happens. Cheers Mr Beatty.


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