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Closer

Release Date: December 3, 2004
Limited release


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13/48 Les Winan Why can you always tell when a movie was adapted from a play? This is one of the great first date movies...along with Schindler's List and Requiem for a Dream.
35/133 Dan Krovich Lots of great elements that don't seem to quite fit together for a great movie
45/55 Reagen Sulewski Four people being cruel to each other while hopping in each others' beds. Seriously, wasn't this thing suppossed to be in French?

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After successfully translating two popular dramas, Margaret Edson's Wit and Tony Kushner's Angels in America, to HBO movies, helmer Mike Nichols is now adapting Patrick Marber's highly acclaimed play Closer for a big screen theatrical release. It's sure to be Oscar bait for the director, who has already won an Academy Award for the classic film The Graduate.

The movie stars beautiful people Jude Law and Natalie Portman in a situational tale that examines the ways a relationship can turn ugly when one of the people involved takes on another lover. To that end, Closer centers on a group of strangers caught up in a web of passion, longing, abandonment and treachery. Nichols has certainly covered similar territory before, as films from Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Carnal Knowledge and Working Girl have looked at the subject matter from various types of viewpoints.

Along with Portman and Law, other stars in the film include Julia Roberts and Clive Owen. Owen also starred in the original stage production of Closer, which opened in 1997 and won both the London Critics Circle Award for Best New Play and the London Critics Circle Theater Award for Best New Drama. The film's pedigree certainly indicates that it will be one to watch as awards season gets into full swing. (Kim Hollis/BOP)




Vital statistics for Closer
Main Cast Natalie Portman, Jude Law, Clive Owen, Julia Roberts
Supporting Cast Michael Haley
Director Mike Nichols
Screenwriter Patrick Marber
Distributor Sony/Columbia
Trailer Click Here for Trailer
Official Site http://sonypictures.com/movies/closer/
Rating R
Running Time 104 minutes
Screen Count 476
Awards Awards page for Closer
Talent in red has entry in The Big Picture


     


 
 

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