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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), ... See full summary »

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Nora Baker
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Neil
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Rosemary
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Judy
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Sol Horowitz
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Rachel (as Rachel Levin)
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Larry Klugman
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Edith Baron (as Renee Taylor)
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Marv Miller
Barbara Howard ...
Sherri Klugman
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Heidi Solomon (as Kim Meyers)
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Ella Horowitz
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Sophie Rosen
K.C. Carr ...
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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 (USA)
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The age difference between twenty-seven year old Max Baron (James Spader) and forty-three year old Nora Baker (Susan Sarandon) was around sixteen years. See more »

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Nora has on natural-colored hosiery before leaving for the Thanksgiving dinner but upon arrival has on black hosiery. 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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Good Hearted Woman
Performed by The Centurian Players
Written by Willie Nelson & Waylon Jennings
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WILL MAKE YOU WANT TO GO OUT AND DATE AN OLDER WOMAN!
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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