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White Palace (1990)

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Max Baron (James Spader) is a 27-year-old high flying advertising executive still recovering from the death of his wife. One night he is in a bar when he meets Nora Baker (Susan Sarandon) a... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nora Baker
Sol Horowitz
Rachel Chagall ...
Rachel (as Rachel Levin)
Larry Klugman
Edith Baron (as Renee Taylor)
Marv Miller
Barbara Howard ...
Sherri Klugman
Heidi Solomon (as Kim Meyers)
Hildy Brooks ...
Ella Horowitz
Sophie Rosen
K.C. Carr ...


Max Baron (James Spader) is a 27-year-old high flying advertising executive still recovering from the death of his wife. One night he is in a bar when he meets Nora Baker (Susan Sarandon) a 43-year-old waitress with a fixation on Marilyn Monroe. The couple gradually fall in love, though age and social differences mean that the path of true love is strewn with problems. Written by Matt <>

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The story of a younger man, and a bolder woman.


Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

19 October 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The White Castle  »

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$17,487,531 (USA)

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The "White Palace" of the movie's title refers to the name of a hamburger joint diner restaurant where Nora Baker (Susan Sarandon) works. See more »


Nora has on natural-colored hosiery before leaving for the Thanksgiving dinner but upon arrival has on black hosiery. See more »


Max: If I choose to be celibate, it's none of your business.
Neil: This isn't celibacy we're talking about, it's fucking necrophilia!
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References Some Like It Hot (1959) See more »


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Performed by The Centurian Players
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1 September 2009 | by (Oldham, Gtr Manchester, England.) – See all my reviews

I liked James Spader's performance; demonstrating as it does a vulnerable quality I didn't know he had. All those wistful looks off into the distance, and the general aura of a man beaten down by life make for something that – I have to say - is pretty touching! This softer element he brings to the part was a nice change from seeing him do the sleazeball routine for the umpteenth time... The movie itself is reminiscent of Pretty Woman in spots, and is a pleasant surprise. An offbeat sleeper on Sarandon's resume.

It's got that whole 'you can't rationalise who you love' motif, which I'm all too aware of, in my everyday living... (of course)

The whole 'keeping things around for show as an empty token of status' philosophy of some of the protagonists pals is a nice comment on the world of yuppie superficiality that James Spader's characters themselves have often been found immersed in. The movie could easily have been just another bland melodrama, but these themes provide a refreshing and unexpected counterpoint.

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