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Nora Baker
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Judy
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Sol Horowitz
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Larry Klugman
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Edith Baron (as Renee Taylor)
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Marv Miller
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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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Originally "White Palace" was to have been "White Castle", and in the novel specific reference is made to a real White Castle location at the intersection of S. Grand Blvd. and Gravois Ave. in south St. Louis, Mo., but the White Castle chain wouldn't give permission for their trademarked name to be used in either the novel or the movie, or allow the use of any of their restaurants for film locations. The diner used for the film's "White Palace" restaurant tried to change its name to White Palace after the film was released, but the studio refused permission, so it was renamed "White Knight" by its owners instead. It still exists and is open for business. See more »

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

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Sherri: You know, our Max is quite a catch. How did you manage it?
Nora: I give a good blowjob, I guess.
Sherri: Hmm... I bet you do!
Nora: And I bet you don't.
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Good Hearted Woman
Performed by The Centurian Players
Written by Willie Nelson & Waylon Jennings
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Sarandon, as usual never disappoints
29 December 2000 | by (Clifton, NJ) – See all my reviews

Truth to tell I only watched this movie recently because I consider Susan Sarandon one of our finest actors. Also, I'm going add, one of our sexiest actors too. Ms. Sarandon gets the most from this role by underplaying the part with most of her interpretation deriving from her facial expressions. And, I have to admit, that if she can excite a 70 year-old man with her sexual magnetism as she did me, she has it all over some of the so-called younger sexy actresses. There was one scene that bothered me though, the Thanksgiving dinner scene where Spader's Jewish family is depicted as shallow and bigoted, something like Woody Allen's family in one of his films. Also, why the director ended the picture with that hokey table-top nonsense in a crowded restaurant is beyond understanding. It detracted from the reality of the film.


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