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Metropolitan -- Theatrical trailer for Whit Stillman's METROPOLITAN


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Release Date:
3 August 1990 (USA) See more »
Finally... A film about the downwardly mobile.
A group of young upper-class Manhattanites are blithely passing through the gala debutante season, when an unusual outsider joins them and stirs them up. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 7 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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A great and unique film for this genre See more (52 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Carolyn Farina ... Audrey Rouget
Edward Clements ... Tom Townsend

Chris Eigeman ... Nick Smith (as Christopher Eigeman)

Taylor Nichols ... Charlie Black
Allison Parisi ... Jane Clarke

Dylan Hundley ... Sally Fowler
Isabel Gillies ... Cynthia McLean
Bryan Leder ... Fred Neff

Will Kempe ... Rick Von Sloneker
Ellia Thompson ... Serena Slocum (as Elizabeth Thompson)
Stephen Uys ... Victor Lemley
Roger W. Kirby ... Man at Bar
Alice Connorton ... Mrs. Townsend
Linda Gillies ... Mrs. Rouget
John Lynch ... Allen Green (as John Lynch)

Donal Lardner Ward ... North Greenwich Preppie
Thomas R. Voth ... Cab Driver (as Tom Voth)
Caroline Bennett ... Sabina - Texas Deb
Francis Creighton ... Cadet Frawley
Joel S. Schreiber ... A.T. Harris Salesman
Catherine Atzen ... Catherine Atzen Clinician
J. Harden Rose ... TV Voice of Debutante Ball (voice)
Victoria Chickering ... SFRP Friend (Early-nighter)
Blayne Perry ... SFRP Friend (Early-nighter)
Kevin Schack ... SFRP Friend (Early-nighter)
Tina Thornton ... SFRP Friend (Early-nighter)
Hank Poley ... SFRP Friend (Early-nighter)
Andrew Lyle ... SFRP Friend (Early-nighter)

Directed by
Whit Stillman 
Writing credits
Whit Stillman (written by)

Produced by
Brian Greenbaum .... line producer
Whit Stillman .... producer
Peter Wentworth .... co-producer
Original Music by
Tom Judson 
Mark Suozzo 
Cinematography by
John Thomas 
Film Editing by
Christopher Tellefsen 
Costume Design by
Mary Jane Fort 
Makeup Department
Susan Dexter .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Larry Eudene .... assistant director
Sound Department
Antonio L. Arroyo .... sound (as Antonio Arroyo)
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist
Tom Foligno .... sound editor
Jay Kessel .... sound editor
George A. Lara .... foley mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
John DeSimone .... best boy
Joe Foley .... key grip
William MacGhee .... gaffer
William J. McDevitt .... key grip
Editorial Department
Jacqueline Delibes .... assistant editor
Lauren Waldron .... apprentice editor
Dave Pultz .... color timer (uncredited)
Music Department
Sanford Allen .... musician: violin
Art Baron .... musician: trombone (as Arthur Baron)
John Beal .... musician: bass
Louis Cortelezzi .... musician: reeds (as Louis J. Cortelezzi)
Steven Danenberg .... music copyist
Jock Davis .... composer: additional music
Larry Etkin .... musician: trumpet (as Laurence Etkin)
Laurie A. Frink .... musician: trumpet
Julie Green .... musician: cello
Billy Johns .... composer: additional music
Bob Malach .... musician: reeds
Butch Miles .... musician: drums
Josh Rosenblum .... conductor (as Joshua Rosenblum)
Derek Smith .... musician: piano
Mark Suozzo .... conductor
Christopher Tellefsen .... music editor
Joe B. Warner .... composer: additional music
Ronald Zito .... musician: drums
Adonis Aletras .... music preparation (uncredited)
Other crew
Diane Lanthrop .... cha-cha coordinator
Scott Peterson .... script supervisor
Pam Shaw .... titles design

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98 min
Aspect Ratio:
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According to Clements, Whit Stillman wanted him to play the character of a seminary-type student who discusses the Bible with the group. Stillman later axed the character and had Clements play Tom Townsend.See more »
[first lines]
Mrs. Rouget:You can't listen to what your younger brother has to say. I can't think of anyone less an authority of female anatomy.
Audrey Rouget:He can see... It's hideous.
Mrs. Rouget:No, it isn't. You're being very subjective. You know, there was a survey of girls your age some years ago and nearly all of them were convinced that either their behinds, or their noses, were grotesquely oversized. And there was no apparent correlation between this conviction and their actual size.
Audrey Rouget:Really? They did a survey of that?
Mrs. Rouget:Yes. Why don't you show me the dress again?
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35 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
A great and unique film for this genre, 9 August 1999
Author: lotus49 from Toronto, Ont.

Whit Stillman's movies are dialogue driven, which is not everyone's cup of tea. This is the first of a trilogy, all of which take a slice of life of young people coming of age, but in the cusp of a dying culture, with a new order and new responsibilities baring down on them. Here it's the prep and prom culture of New York's Upper East Side, sometime in the 70's. The participants dutifully go through the rights of Christmas Balls and 'orgy' week, act sophisticated, and generally do things and say things which are expected of them. An outsider, Tom, with radical social and intellectual ideas, enters their midst and becomes a catalyst of change here as a romance develops with Audrey. Tom, idealistic, insensitive and naive is embraced by Audrey, emotionally more mature but more vulnerable, accepting his sometimes preposterous social and literary speculation as a sign of substance in comparison to the increasingly jaded and cynical world of her preppy friends. A friendship develops also between Tom and Nick, the most cynical and pessimistic, but also the most aware and responsible, of the group. The conversations are lively and filled with insights into character and maturity. Nothing much happens in this film, but the intricate interplay of characters, dialogue and ambiance make for a fascinating and penetrating look at these young people's lives. It unfolds like a ballet. This is a fine film which doesn't rely on angst or melodrama-- and maintains a humor, poignancy and charm which makes it a rare achievement for the genre. Stillman's other two films in the trilogy are also highly recommended.

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