White Palace (1990)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  26 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 <matt@measham.force9.net>

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


Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

26 October 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The White Castle  »

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$17,487,531 (USA)

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The movie is notable for some steamy sex scenes between its leads James Spader and Susan Sarandon the latter of whom before had attracted sex symbol controversy with her early 1980s films Atlantic City (1980) and The Hunger (1983). Sarandon was seen in Louis Malle's Atlantic City (1980) where she washed topless with lemons in front of an open window whilst in The Hunger (1983), Sarandon performed a same-sex love scene with French actress Catherine Deneuve. See more »


In the final scene where Max and Nora are talking at the restaurant, their hairstyles change mid-conversation. See more »


Max: What if I told you, I have no interest in getting laid right now?
Neil: Interest in getting laid is the human condition!
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Loss of love, trying to find it again...
20 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

there are very few romance or romantic comedies, which strike a real note for the audience, or anyone who appreciates reality and decent acting.

This film does have that. Sarandon is very good; she is a "down-at-heel" waitress, almost twenty years older than the character portrayed by Spader. Some of the interactions are amusing and sad. Her drinking, her loss of a child. Spader's background is respectable, white-collar but bored, he meets Sarandon after missing his deceased wife.

Films like this are sometimes underrated. There was not a lot of hype about this film, which is one of the reasons I like it (We do not need Hollywood to tell us what's good, i.e. "The Break Up", which was actually not good).

While the scenes with Spader's relatives were a bit stereotyped, overall there are a few good messages here. Life doesn't always work out how we want, "perfect couples" aren't necessarily happy, and the Spader character was actually quite good, not being the negative insensitive character here. Definitely worth viewing. 8/10.

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