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Writer (WGA):
Matthew Chapman (written by)
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Release Date:
16 October 1992 (USA) See more »
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife.
Richard and Priscilla Parker's lives take a turn for the better when Eddy and Kay move into the house next door... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Kevin Kline ... Richard Parker

Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio ... Priscilla Parker

Kevin Spacey ... Eddy Otis

Rebecca Miller ... Kay Otis

Forest Whitaker ... David Duttonville

E.G. Marshall ... George Gordon

Kimberly McCullough ... Lori Parker
Billie Neal ... Annie Duttonville
Benjamin Hendrickson ... Jimmy Schwartz
Lonnie R. Smith Jr. ... Dr. Pettering (as Lonnie Smith)
Joe Mulherin ... Bo
Rick Hinkle ... Singer in Mahoney's Band
Artis Edwards Jr. ... Atlanta Police Officer
Jerry Campbell ... Prison Guard
Ginny Parker ... Martha

Judson Vaughn ... Max Roth

Ed Grady ... Mr. Watkins
Suzanne Stewart ... Mrs. Watkins
Bruce Evers ... Maxie
Nance Plachta ... Woman in Blues Connection

L. Warren Young ... Musician in Blues Connection
Edward Seamon ... Hotel Desk Clerk
Shelly Pinsky ... Woman in Drawing Room
Thomas Saccio ... Johnny Rocco

D.L. Anderson ... Phone Company Woman
Lane Bradbury ... Dry Cleaner Lady

Tommy Cresswell ... Charleston Detective

Robert C. Treveiler ... Charleston Deputy
Michael L. Nesbitt ... Charleston Deputy

Melissa Moore ... Trudy Seaton (as Michelle Moore)
Deborah Lucas ... Birthday Party Girl
Jennifer Swago ... Birthday Party Girl
Suzi Selman ... Birthday Party Girl
Mark Wood ... Christmas Caroler
Meredith Brasher ... Christmas Caroler

Jeffrey Charlton Umberger ... Christmas Caroler
Michelle Smith ... Christmas Caroler
Dean Taylor ... Christmas Caroler
Nan McElroy ... Christmas Caroler
Mary K.F. Packer-Phillips ... Rehab Counselor
Jeannie E. Davis ... Rehab Counselor
Laura Griffin ... Rehab Counselor
Robb Harleston ... Rehab Counselor
Rachel C. MacRae ... Rehab Counselor
Susan T. Haidary ... Rehab Counselor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carl Cunningham ... Busboy in Bar (uncredited)
David Feigenbaum ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
Barry Hopkins ... Man in Parking Deck (uncredited)

Directed by
Alan J. Pakula 
Writing credits
Matthew Chapman (written by)

Produced by
Pieter Jan Brugge .... executive producer
Katie Jacobs .... co-producer
Alan J. Pakula .... producer
David Permut .... producer
Original Music by
Michael Small 
Cinematography by
Stephen Goldblatt 
Film Editing by
Sam O'Steen 
Casting by
Alixe Gordin 
Production Design by
Carol Spier 
Art Direction by
Alicia Keywan 
Set Decoration by
Gretchen Rau 
Costume Design by
Gary Jones 
Ann Roth 
Makeup Department
Fern Buchner .... makeup artist
Colleen Callaghan .... hair stylist
Ben Nye Jr. .... makeup artist
Werner Sherer .... hair stylist (as Werner Scherer)
Mary Ann Valdes .... hair stylist
Production Management
Celia D. Costas .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alan B. Curtiss .... first assistant director
Robert Huberman .... second second assistant director
John Rusk .... second assistant director
Art Department
E.W. Bradford .... construction coordinator (as E.W. 'Bill' Bradford)
John Bromell .... set dresser (as John F. Bromell)
John Ceniceros .... set dresser
Edmund J. Connolly III .... art department coordinator
Mary Kate Edmonstone .... draper
Mark Fabert .... construction foreman
Peter Hackman .... camera scenic artist (as Peter G. Hackman)
Jerry G. Henery .... construction foreman
Jean-Paul Menard .... set dresser (as Jean-Paul V. Menard)
Thomas Minton .... set designer
Jon Ringbom .... scenic chargeman
Michael Saccio .... assistant property master (as Michael A. Saccio)
Thomas Saccio .... property master
Michael Shapiro .... set dresser (as Michael A. Shapiro)
'Polar Bear' Shaw .... lead man (as Stewart 'Polar Bear' Shaw)
Kathleen Sullivan .... set designer
Dick Tice .... assistant property master
Jamie Arbuckle .... painter (uncredited)
Taylor Bennett .... scenic foreman (uncredited)
Emilio Biasucci .... scenic painter (uncredited)
Wren Boney .... assistant props (uncredited)
Michael R. Clark .... painter (uncredited)
Carol Francoso .... scenic assistant (uncredited)
Thomas C. Mentzer .... carpenter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Ron Bochar .... supervising sound editor
Michael J. Cerone .... sound re-recording mixer (as Mike Cerone)
Kam Chan .... assistant sound editor
Laura Civiello .... dialogue editor
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist (as Marco Costanzo)
Keiko Deguchi .... assistant adr editor
Frank Graziadei .... cable person (as Frank J. Graziadei)
Chris Houghton .... assistant sound editor
Shari Johanson .... assistant sound editor (as Shari Schwartz)
Frank Kern .... foley editor
Eliza Paley .... foley editor
Richard Portman .... sound re-recording mixer
Bruce Pross .... foley supervisor
Fred Rosenberg .... dialogue editor
James Sabat .... production sound mixer (as James J. Sabat)
Louis Sabat .... boom operator
Steven Visscher .... foley editor
Deborah Wallach .... adr supervisor
Special Effects by
Connie Brink .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
John Alagna .... opticals
Doug Coleman .... stunt coordinator
Doug Coleman .... stunts
Eliza Coleman .... stunts (as Liza Sweeney)
Billy Judkins .... stunts (as Bill Judkins)
Gary J. Wayton .... stunts (as Gary Wayton)
Jim Wilkey .... stunts
Scott Dale .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Mike Akins .... rigging key grip (as Michael Akins)
Stephen Crowley .... electrician
Ray De La Motte .... camera operator
Bobby Earnhardt .... rigging gaffer (as Robert T. Earnhardt III)
Stewart Ebneter .... electrician
Gene Engels .... gaffer
Antonio V. Garrido .... dolly grip
Frank Graziadei .... video assist operator (as Frank J. Graziadei)
Beth Horton .... second assistant camera
Dave Morrow .... electrician
Vinnie Nappo .... electrician
Hal Nelson .... best boy grip
Chris Rawlins Jr. .... grip
Charles Saldana .... key grip
John Smith .... electrical best boy (as John P. Smith)
Baird Steptoe .... first assistant camera
C. Ashley Sudge .... grip
Jürgen Vollmer .... still photographer
Greg Morse .... 24 frame video operator (uncredited)
Riko Schatke .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Shay Griffin .... casting: Atlanta
Michele Ortlip .... casting associate: New York
Elyn Wright .... additional casting: Charleston (as Elyn S. Wright)
Elyn Wright .... extras casting coordinator (as Elyn S. Wright)
Diane Alexander .... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Cheryl Beasley Blackwell .... key costumer: women
Jon Edward Deary .... key costumer: men
Bruce Ericksen .... costume supervisor
Kevin P. Faherty .... key costumer: men
Editorial Department
Sean Albertson .... assistant editor
Kris Cole .... first assistant editor
Bob Kaiser .... color timer
Arnold Shuster .... negative cutter (as Arnie Shuster)
Joe Violante .... dailies supervisor
Music Department
Emile Charlap .... orchestra contractor
Christopher Dedrick .... orchestrator
Todd Kasow .... music editor
Sonny Kompanek .... orchestrator
Stephen Krause .... score mixer (as Steve Krause)
Joe Mulherin .... music supervisor
Robert Nichols .... assistant music editor (as Bob Nichols)
Michael Small .... conductor
John Moses .... musician: clarinet (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Robert Gaskill .... driver
John Orlebeck .... local transportation captain
Gary Shephard .... transportation captain: Los Angeles
Candace Wells .... transportation captain: Los Angeles (as Candace A. Wells)
Bryce Guy Williams .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
John Alagna .... titles
Jill Balloun .... production assistant
Lori A. Balton .... location manager (as Lori Balton)
Melanie Bell .... production assistant
Noel Bermudez .... production accountant
Jamie D. Boscardin .... assistant: Pieter Jan Brugge
Bonnie Chaney .... assistant accountant
Dianne Dreyer .... script supervisor
Diane Franey .... assistant production coordinator
John B. Griffin .... location manager
Jim Klever-Weis .... production assistant (as Jim Weis)
Gretchen Mathis .... assistant: Mr. Pakula: Atlanta (as Gretchen Matis)
Maida N. Morgan .... assistant location manager
Rebecca Ollinger .... production assistant (as Becky Ollinger)
John Panzarella .... location manager
Ellen Pasternack .... unit publicist
Steve Riiea .... location coordinator: Charleston
Scott Robertson .... production assistant (as Scott Andrew Robertson)
Kenneth A. Rogers .... production assistant
Bo Ross .... assistant: Mr. Pakula
Patricia Sammons .... craft service
Rick Scheil .... production assistant
Linda Ann Upton .... first aid (as Linda Upton)
Laurie Woken .... assistant accountant
Teresa M. Yarbrough .... production coordinator
Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc .... helicopter pilot (as Bobby 'Z' Zajonc)
Dominic Marcus .... adr voice actor (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for sexuality, and for violence and language
99 min
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Eddy Otis:Most people will never know what it's like to drive a boat at 100 miles per hour. Go to Jamaica for the weekend see the Grand Canyon from a hot air balloon. See what I'm saying, without money, you shrivel up.
Priscilla Parker:So how do you explain all those shriveled up rich people?
Eddy Otis:I'll tell you how, because those people, they know how to make money, but they don't know how to spend it. Getting money's easy.
Priscilla Parker:We have to talk...
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20 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Poor Hollywood cop-out of an interesting premise, 20 January 2005
Author: ( from Brick, NJ

"Consenting Adults" simply proves what a Hollywood screenwriter can do when given a big budget, big stars and no imagination. Kevin Kline and Kevin Spacey play suburban neighbors who become unlikely friends then slowly descend into episodes of criminal mischief and debauchery.

The picture starts off well enough. We're introduced to Kline and his wife (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio) and their musically gifted daughter. He's a composer of commercial jingles who appears to be placid and content in his boring, upper-middle-class ways. Then Spacey and his stunning wife (Rebecca Miller) move in next door, and Kline's character is suddenly awakened: Spacey is a real schmoozer, a "financial adviser" with a sharp mind and an engaging personality; Miss Miller is a bombshell, and one can sense that Kline wants a piece of her. The tension and complications build until Spacey suggests to Kline a one-night stand of wipe-swapping, each man accosting the other's wife, half-asleep in bed, so they are unaware of the identity of the lover (in theory, anyway). Kline refuses, but Spacey and the idea keep gnawing at him, and eventually, craving a scrap of excitement in his dull life, he gives in. The final consummation between Kline and Miller is a lovely shot; his bare body caught in shadows in front of a glittering window-dressing, partially lit by street lamps. Unfortunately, that's where the movie ends.

A few hours later, Miss Miller turns up dead, bashed with a baseball bat, and Kline, having had sex with her is cast as the murderer. From this point, nothing in the story appears to make much sense; its as though the screenplay was flowcharted by a computer programmer. This happens, then this, then this. Human emotions are never considered, and the movie becomes an acted-out cartoon, each actor assuming a caricature of something that fits a framework; any chance for texture in the performances is completely destroyed.

The plot is full of holes, and sometimes, in a truly suspenseful picture, the audience is willing to overlook it. Not this time. It's all so by-the-numbers, you can virtually guess what will happen next even though you don't understand why. If the dead girl wasn't Spacey's wife, then who was she? Why didn't Kline recognize her as a different girl when he rushed into the bedroom? (Do all vapid blondes look that much alike?) Why does Mastantonio immediately discount her husband's plea of innocence? (so much for 14 years of marriage) If she's so much happier with Spacey, why does she agree to play the tape? I considered that she might toss it in the lake they were standing by, but I knew she wouldn't. Then the computer program wouldn't run.

There's not much to like about the performances in this thing. Kevin Kline, it's been my long-held opinion, is only good when he's acting up a storm. When he plays a regular person, he's just boring, he radiates very little presence to the audience. He's not a convincing Everyman, as Jimmy Stewart was, he's just dismal and you don't really care whether he clears his name or not. The boringness is not so evident in the first part of the film (in fact, it fits), but once his life is on the line and he has reach to down deep for some reserve of passion, it isn't there. He's not compelling enough to be The Man Caught in the Web (he'd be lost in a Hitchcock picture). Kevin Spacey is superb in the early scenes as the sleazo Eddie, and he gives the picture its only zing; he has the right admixture of charm and smarm to draw you in and make you wary at the same time. But by the end, he's just another psychotic killer and his eyes gleam freakishly like Nicholson's in "The Shining". If there's such a thing as a cardboard cutout of a deviant, this is it. Audiences may like Forest Whitaker's subdued performance as a polite southern gentleman sniffing out the scam (he's like the Lovie Smith of insurance investigators), but it belongs in another movie.

A good movie could have been made from this material. From the crucial point of the wipe swap, it could have been a character study on how lives are destroyed by this kind of self-indulgent behavior, or at least a better thriller, with Spacey leading Kline into deeper and more diabolical adventures. But "Consenting Adults" is straight from the textbook, and a cursory-level high school textbook at that.

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