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White Palace (1990)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  19 October 1990 (USA)
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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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First sole American Hollywood production of Mexican director Luis Mandoki which was not a Mexican production. Mandoki's earlier film Gaby: A True Story (1987) had been a US-Mexican co-production. See more »


In the beginning of the movie, when Max drives Nora home from the bar where they met, he makes a 180 turn from the place on the street where he had parked but this is before Nora tells him how to get to where she lives. How could Max have known that he had to turn around from the parking spot to head toward Nora's house? See more »


Nora: [talking at bar] Do you swim?
Max: What was that?
Nora: I mean are you a swimmer? You're not real muscular but you're strong am I right?
Max: You're drunk.
[grins back at her]
Nora: yeah, soon I will be falling all over you.
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22 March 2000 | by See all my reviews

This is a film a lot of people didn't see. It is just a simple tale of a younger rich man who shacks up with an older much poorer, working class woman who works at a hamburger joint called White Palace. The name is obviously taken from the East Coast burger chain White Castle. Susan Sarandon picks up a drunk James Spader in a bar and takes him home for a night of sweet lovin'. The love scenes that follow are actually very erotic and sexy, not dull like most Hollywood love scenes.

We need more stories like this. You always see movies with MUCH older men with MUCH younger women: Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta Jones in Entrapment, Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt in As Good As It Gets...etc. Where are all the stories of younger men with older women? Welp, this film is one of 'em. And this is one younger guy who likes what he sees when he sees White Palace. Like it said on the poster of this movie: "The story of a younger man and a bolder woman."

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