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Writer:
Whit Stillman (written by)
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Release Date:
3 August 1990 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Finally... A film about the downwardly mobile.
Plot:
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 »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 7 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A well-crafted East-Coast talkie... See more (51 total) »

Cast

  (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 
 
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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
 
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
 
Other crew
Diane Lanthrop .... cha-cha coordinator
Scott Peterson .... script supervisor
Pam Shaw .... titles design
 

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98 min
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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 »
Quotes:
[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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Featured in Cinefile: Made in the USA (1993) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
I Need LoveSee more »

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15 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
A well-crafted East-Coast talkie..., 18 September 2003
Author: David (davidals@msn.com) from Chapel Hill, NC, USA

METROPOLITAN has really aged well - I first saw this when it was released, and watching again a few days ago, it really stands up as something unique. Episodic and without much real plot - the only real forward motion in the film is to be found in the ending, which feels a little contrived, and is my only real gripe with this film.

At my first viewing, I didn't really want to like these characters, who all seem from another world - rich, young and good looking, carrying on through elaborate, banal, pseudo-intellectual conversations with a deadly confidence about their place in the world. But over the course of the film it becomes apparent that their secure perch in the upper echelons of the American elite isn't 100% set in stone, as an outsider is able to penetrate this rarefied universe, and manages to hold his own quite well, arousing suspicions (and battling shame over his own proletarian roots, and his battle between his own free-thinking idealism and his aggressive social climbing ambitions), but also making genuine friends among the cute young blue-bloods. Of course he isn't as smart as he thinks he is, and neither is anyone else in here, and they all know it even when behaving otherwise, which greatly humanizes these otherwise not-exactly-pleasant characters. On the strength of the dialog, METROPOLITAN has become something of a cult classic, and deservedly so.

In a strange way, METROPOLITAN is almost a companion piece to the surreal and disturbing documentary GREY GARDENS - both are centered upon characters from the well-bred, wealthy elite of American old-$ society. As METROPOLITAN insinuated that the security, intellect, status and wealth of its' characters isn't as rock-solid as the characters would like everyone to think, GREY GARDENS illustrates, in lurid detail just how psychologically destabilizing a precipitous fall from such a lofty, but artificial world would be - you could easily see an aged variant of one of METROPOLITAN's character's ending up like the Edies from GREY GARDENS.

The probable best from the very non-prolific Stilman, I strongly recommend.

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