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|Format||Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, NTSC, Widescreen|
|Contributor||Jason Alexander, Amy Robinson, James Spader, Griffin Dunne, Alvin Sargent, Susan Sarandon, Ted Tally, Luis Mandoki, Kathy Bates, Mark Rosenberg See more|
|Runtime||1 hour and 43 minutes|
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- Aspect Ratio : 1.85:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language : English
- Product Dimensions : 19.69 x 14.61 x 1.35 cm; 9.07 Grams
- Canadian Home Video Rating : Ages 14 and over
- Item model number : 2220382
- Director : Luis Mandoki
- Media Format : Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, NTSC, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 43 minutes
- Release date : March 1 2005
- Actors : Susan Sarandon, James Spader, Jason Alexander, Kathy Bates
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Unqualified (DTS ES 6.1)
- Studio : Universal Studios Home Entertainment
- Producers : Mark Rosenberg, Amy Robinson, Griffin Dunne
- ASIN : B0006IIPLM
- Country of origin : Canada
- Writers : Ted Tally, Alvin Sargent
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,251 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
- Customer Reviews:
Susan Sarandon and James Spader give powerful performances in this steamy, critically acclaimed love story from director Luis Mandoki. Max Baron (Spader) is a successful St. Louis advertising executive who's been in mourning since the death of his young wife. A chance late-night encounter introduces him to Nora Baker (Sarandon), and unexpectedly turns his life upside-down.An earthy, vibrant and fiercely independent woman, Nora works in a hamburger joint, lives on the wrong side of town and has at least 15 years on Max. Yet despite their differences, Max finds himself hopelessly in love in this touching offbeat romance, co-starring Eileen Brennan.
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James Spader fan. The soundtrack by George Fenton is beautiful. The idea that a younger man can fall for an older woman really resonates with me. It's funny, sad and very satisfying to watch.
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They encounter each other for the first time after Max discovering that in his earlier order of 50 takeaway burgers that he was buying to take to a party, that there were 6 empty boxes for which he had paid for, and not happy with the feeling that he has been deliberately scammed, decides to return to the restaurant to seek a refund.
Max explains the situation to Nora who tries to tell him to wait his turn in the queue and initially feels that he is a rich arrogant person but chooses to return some cash back to him from the till.
Later that night Max driving back home from the party decides to stop at a bar for a drink. Nora is in the bar already drinking and recognises Max from the restaurant, and decides to go over to him and begins to flirt with him. Max isn't interested but by the time that they leave the bar, Max is slightly worse for wear and agrees to give a lift to Nora back to her place. Max, in no fit state to carry on driving, agrees to crash out for the night in Nora's place and is given the bed. Later on Nora decides to to seize her opportunity and to seduce Max who is asleep by giving him a blow job. Max gradually waking up realises what is going on but, is too far aroused by then and allows Nora to carry on. This then is the start of their rocky relationship.
The chemistry between these two central people is brilliant and you're immediately drawn into their plight.
Max feeling reluctant to introduce his older lover to his family and friends as Nora is from the social working class, not highly educated, and likely to speak out with what is ever on her mind, and fears that the others will make a judgement on his choice of new girlfriend. Nora picking up on this situation realises that he is feels embarrassed by her and perhaps they are not meant to be together.....
Susan Sarandon is one of Hollywood's more gifted actresses and she always commands your attention in the films that she stars in, such as 'Light Sleeper' (1991), 'Thelma and Louise' (2002) and 'The Calling' (2014) to name but a few. Likewise, Jame Spader caught my attention back in 1988 with the horror film 'Jack's Back' followed by the film 'Sex Lies and Video Tape' (1989), 'Bad Influence' (1990), 'True Colours' (1991), 'Dream Lover' (1993) and 'Secretary' (2002).
The only disappointment for me was on the dvd copy that I purchased, this was one of the worst I've come across in terms of transfer of the soundtrack. The film suffered from a lot of heavy noise pollution which made it difficult to hear the characters talking properly to the extent that in the end I needed to select the English subtitles to appear. But this is criticism of the actual dvd copy and not the film which I loved.
I thought at the time some other Film Producer would re-kindle this pairing again and have Sarandon playing a FBI Chief Investigator who would be hunting a Ted Bundy type of psycho serial killer....Spader of course.
A very watchable film with a young James Spader & Susan Sarandon in good form.
It is about a young, well educated Jewish man (James Spader) who comes from a weathly family who fools in love with an older Woman (Susan Sarandon) who works as a waitress for a burger place, she comes from the ruff end of town.
The acting was superb and when the film had finished, I found my self deep in thought about the prejudices and effects they have on others.