6.5/10
6,218
50 user 26 critic

White Palace (1990)

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 »

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Bad Influence (1990)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Michael, a wimpy young executive, is about to get pulverized by a jealous boyfriend in a bar when a handsome, mysterious stranger steps in--and then disappears. Later that night, while ... See full summary »

Director: Curtis Hanson
Stars: Rob Lowe, James Spader, Lisa Zane
Dream Lover (1993)
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A successful businessman tries to uncover what is wrong with his wife.

Director: Nicholas Kazan
Stars: James Spader, Mädchen Amick, Fredric Lehne
True Colors (1991)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Best friends from law school to election night, their friendship is sorely tested when one learns of another's betrayal.

Director: Herbert Ross
Stars: John Cusack, James Spader, Imogen Stubbs
The Stickup (2002)
Action | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

It's a quiet little town where nothing happens - until the day the bank is hit for half a million dollars by a thief wearing a clowns mask.

Director: Rowdy Herrington
Stars: James Spader, Leslie Stefanson, David Keith
Storyville (1992)
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

While investigating his own blackmailing, a young politician uncovers his family's deep secrets.

Director: Mark Frost
Stars: James Spader, Joanne Whalley, Jason Robards
Secretary (2002)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A young woman, recently released from a mental hospital, gets a job as a secretary to a demanding lawyer, where their employer-employee relationship turns into a sexual, sadomasochistic one.

Director: Steven Shainberg
Stars: James Spader, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jeremy Davies
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A sexually repressed woman's husband is having an affair with her sister. The arrival of a visitor with a rather unusual fetish changes everything.

Director: Steven Soderbergh
Stars: James Spader, Andie MacDowell, Peter Gallagher
Jack's Back (1988)
Crime | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A serial killer in Los Angeles celebrates Jack the Ripper's 100th birthday by committing similar murders and only one has a chance of stopping him.

Director: Rowdy Herrington
Stars: James Spader, Cynthia Gibb, Jim Haynie
Critical Care (1997)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Werner Ernst is a young hospital resident who becomes embroiled in a legal battle between two half-sisters who are fighting over the care of their comatose father. But are they really ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Lumet
Stars: James Spader, Kyra Sedgwick, Helen Mirren
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Two men face the consequences of gambling after playing with men beyond their league.

Director: Philip Haas
Stars: James Spader, Mandy Patinkin, M. Emmet Walsh
Tuff Turf (1985)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The new kid in school must battle a gang of street toughs after stealing the gang leader's girl.

Director: Fritz Kiersch
Stars: James Spader, Kim Richards, Paul Mones
Bob Roberts (1992)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A right-wing folk singer becomes a corrupt politician and runs a crooked election campaign. Only one independent muck-raking reporter is trying to stop him.

Director: Tim Robbins
Stars: Tim Robbins, Giancarlo Esposito, Alan Rickman
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
Neil
...
Rosemary
...
Judy
...
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 ...
Stripper
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

26 October 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The White Castle  »

Box Office

Gross:

$17,487,531 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The name of the working-class suburb was "Dogtown" which is a real life district in St. Louis, Missouri. The Irish-American region comprises of five neighborhoods - Clayton-Tamm, Franz Park, Hi-Pointe, Cheltenham and the eastern part Ellendale - which together form the informally known traditionally Irish section of St. Louis known as "Dogtown". It is the Clayton-Tamm part of the region where the movie is mostly set. See more »

Goofs

Nora has on natural-colored hosiery before leaving for the Thanksgiving dinner but upon arrival has on black hosiery. See more »

Quotes

[Nora is going to meet Max's friends for Thanksgiving]
Nora: Alright, I'm gonna go in there, I'm gonna say 'Hello, my name is Nora and you can all go fuck yourselves, I'm not Janey.' How's that?
Max: Perfect.
See more »

Connections

References Some Like It Hot (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

For All We Know
Performed by The Bottom Line
Written by Robb Royer (as Robb Wilson), Jimmy Griffin (as James Griffin) & Fred Karlin
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Interesting drama & romance
13 September 2007 | by (Serbia) – See all my reviews

This movie is interesting to watch if not particularly original. At its core is the relationship of a young man (Max, played by Spader) of high social standing with a poor, much older woman (Nora, played by Sarandon). Both of them have experienced loss (his wife died & her son died), and they waste their lives in self pity and mourning, not being able to let go. Being in a similar situation, they recognize each other for what they are and after a chance encounter develop a firstly sexual and then increasingly romantic relationship. But problems arise for them, because of the social and age differences, which are the main twists in the romance.

The White Palace is a basically a simple love story, with above average acting (Sarandon and Spader both have their high and low points) and moderately interesting characters. I gave it six stars, but in a good way, since the movie does well what it attempts to do, which is good, romantic entertainment without breaking new ground.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?