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White Palace (1990)

Still getting over the death of his wife, a young advertising executive meets an older waitress, a woman that might set him free.

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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 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 <matt@measham.force9.net>

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

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26 October 1990 (USA)  »

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The White Castle  »

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$17,487,531
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Both of the film's screenwriters have won Academy Awards for screen-writing. Ted Tally has won for The Silence of the Lambs (1991) whilst Alvin Sargent has won for both Julia (1977) and Ordinary People (1980), with the latter also being Oscar nominated for Paper Moon (1973). All four nominations for script-writing were for Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium. See more »

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When Nora first visits Max's place, the boom Mic can be seen reflected. On the bookcase there is a framed photograph, the boom is reflected in it and can be seen moving to follow the conversation. See more »

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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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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Breakthrough Stars of 1992 (1992) See more »

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Love Or Money
Performed by Slater Sealove Band
Courtesy of Reata
Written by James Slater & Carl Sealove
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Built on shifting sands...
1 September 2009 | by 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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