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Director:
Writers:
Pascal Bruckner (novel)
Roman Polanski (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
18 March 1994 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Haß kann nur gedeihen, wo Liebe ist... [Hatred can only develop when there is love...]
Plot:
British couple Fiona and Nigel Dobson are sailing to Istanbul en route to India. They encounter a beautiful French woman... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
1 nomination See more »
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(35 articles)
Polanski to receive Locarno honour
 (From eyeforfilm.co.uk. 29 July 2014, 7:07 AM, PDT)

Locarno to honour Roman Polanski
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Polanski doing what he does best See more (96 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Peter Coyote ... Oscar

Emmanuelle Seigner ... Mimi

Hugh Grant ... Nigel

Kristin Scott Thomas ... Fiona

Victor Banerjee ... Mr. Singh
Sophie Patel ... Amrita Singh
Patrick Albenque ... Steward
Smilja Mihailovitch ... Bridge Player
Leo Eckmann ... Bridge Player
Luca Vellani ... Dado
Richard Dieux ... Partygoer
Danny Wuyts ... Bandleader (as Danny Garcy)
Daniel Dhubert ... Bus Inspector
Nathalie Galán ... Girl in Boutique (as Nathalie Galan)
Eric Gonzales ... Cook
Jim Adhi Limas ... Thai Maître D' (as Jim-Adhi Limas)
Boris Bergman ... Oscar's Friend
Olivia Brunaux ... Cindy
Heavon Grant ... Basil
Charlene ... Hooker
Geoffrey Carey ... Neighbour with Dog
Robert Benmussa ... Flight Dispatcher
Claire Lopez ... Model
Shannon Finnegan ... Housewife
Frédérique Lopez ... Brunette (as Frederique Lopez)
Ysé Tran ... Eurasian Girl (as Yse Marguerite Tran)
Claude Bonnet ... Mayor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Stockard Channing ... Beverly (uncredited)

Directed by
Roman Polanski 
 
Writing credits
Pascal Bruckner (novel "Lunes de Fiel")

Roman Polanski (screenplay) &
Gérard Brach (screenplay) (as Gerard Brach) &
John Brownjohn (screenplay)

Jeff Gross (script collaboration)

Produced by
Robert Benmussa .... executive producer
Roman Polanski .... producer
Alain Sarde .... co-producer
Timothy Burrill .... co-producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Vangelis 
 
Cinematography by
Tonino Delli Colli (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Hervé de Luze  (as Herve De Luze)
 
Production Design by
Willy Holt 
Gérard Viard  (as Gerard Viard)
 
Costume Design by
Jackie Budin 
 
Makeup Department
Loli Avellanas .... hair stylist (as Lolita Avellanas)
Alain Bernard .... hair stylist
Sophie Harvey .... makeup artist
Didier Lavergne .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Jean-Marc Abbou .... unit manager
Jean-Jacques Damiani .... production manager
Françoise Piraud .... post-production manager
Daniel Szuster .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Eric Bartonio .... first assistant director
Emanuel Booz .... second assistant director (as Emmanuel Booz)
Patrick Boshart .... second assistant director
Michel Cheyko .... first assistant director
Anne Trinquelle .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Benoît Clémenceau .... production buyer (as Benoit Clemenceau)
Jean-Michel Ducourty .... assistant art director
Maurice Guarguir .... set painter
Marcel Laude .... property master
André Loisif .... construction manager (as Andre Loisif)
Jean-Claude Perchet .... set dresser
Jacques Quinternet .... production buyer
Philippe Turlure .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Jean-François Auger .... post-synch mixer
Jean-Marie Blondel .... boom operator
Daniel Brisseau .... sound
Mimi Dashefski .... dialogue editor
Roberto Garzelli .... sound editor
Lizi Gelber .... adr editor (as Lizabeth Gelber)
Anne-Marie Leduc .... dialogue editor
Jean-Pierre Lelong .... foley artist
Marion Lorthioir .... post-synchronization
Jacques Lévy .... post-synchronization (as Jacques Levy)
Mario Melchiorri .... foley artist
Ray Merrin .... sound mixer
Laurent Quaglio .... sound editor
Bill Rowe .... sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
Jean-François Cousson .... special effects
Pierre Foury .... special effects
Martin Gutteridge .... special effects
Benoît Lestang .... special effects
Frederic Moreau .... optical effects supervisor
Jean-Louis Trinquier .... special effects
Paul Wilson .... special effects
 
Stunts
Jean-Louis Airola .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jean-Marie Benoît .... electrician (as Jean-Marie Benoit)
Roberto de Franceschi .... assistant camera (as Roberto De Franceschi)
François Duhamel .... still photographer
Etienne George .... still photographer
André Haidant .... grip (as Andre Haidant)
Gérard Haidant .... grip (as Gerard Haidant)
Jean Harnois .... camera operator
François Lauliac .... focus puller
Jean-Claude Le Bras .... gaffer (as Jean-Claude Lebras)
Valérie Le Gurun .... electrician (as Valerie Le Gurun)
Nicola Pecorini .... Steadicam operator
André Thiéry .... key grip (as Andre Thiery)
Jean-Pierre Voisin .... electrician
Alex Howe .... focus puller: sfx unit (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Alberte Garo .... crowd casting
Françoise Menidrey .... casting: France
Mary Selway .... casting: UK
Bonnie Timmermann .... casting: USA (as Bonnie Timmerman)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ann Dunsford .... wardrobe master (as Anne Dunsford-Varenne)
Laurent Ferrie .... tailor
Gerard Staub .... dresser
 
Editorial Department
Nadia Ben Rachid .... assistant editor
Caroline Coudin .... assistant editor
Glenn Cunningham .... associate editor
Yvan Lucas .... color grader
 
Music Department
Philippe Colonna .... music mixer
Philippe Colonna .... music recordist
Frédéric Rousseau .... music mixer
Frédéric Rousseau .... music recordist
Vangelis .... musician
 
Transportation Department
Gilles Saulnier .... driver
 
Other crew
Sylvette Baudrot .... continuity
Aude Boedec .... production secretary
Jean-Pierre Bonnet .... production accountant
Quinn Donoghue .... unit publicist
Christophe Folcher .... trainee
Laurence Granec .... unit publicist
Philippe Guiraud .... stand-in
Jean-Marc Homand .... production accountant
Jennifer Patrick .... dialogue coach
Fabien Pondevaux .... trainee
Redha .... choreographer
Alain Sarde .... presenter
Natala Sevenants .... stand-in
Brigitte Squara .... trainee
Bruno Vignier .... location manager
Jack Waltzer .... drama coach
Peter Zewald .... legal advisor
 
Crew verified as complete


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MPAA:
Rated R for the strong depiction of a perverse sexual relationship
Runtime:
139 min | Argentina:119 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Actress Stockard Channing appeared in the film uncredited briefly playing the part of Beverly.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the scene when Mimi cuts her hair for the first time and bakes a Turkey for Oscar, he is wearing the same turtle necked blue sweater that was ripped off with a razor blade during a previous sex game.See more »
Quotes:
Oscar:Everyone has a sadistic streak, and nothing brings it out better than the knowledge you've got someone at your mercy.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Rewind This! (2013)See more »
Soundtrack:
Katia Flavia A Godiva Do IrajaSee more »

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32 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
Polanski doing what he does best, 21 March 2005
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

Bitter Moon once again sees the master of the macabre, Roman Polanski, doing what he does best. With echoes of his earlier film 'Knife in the Water', Bitter Moon is a story of lust, revenge, betrayal, dependency and most of all; love, wrapped tightly around a coil of taboos and sexual perversions. While not as good as some of Polanski's other works, Bitter Moon still stands out as a highlight of his filmography and is certainly a lot better than many people have reputed it to be. The film follows two very different couples on a cruise ship; An English couple, Nigel and Fiona and an American cripple, Oscar, who is married to the French seductress Mimi. After meeting Mimi in the ship's bar, Nigel becomes entranced by her and later meets her husband and proceeds to learn his and wife's story...and it's not exactly pretty. With this movie, Polanski has obliterated the barriers of decency, and sometimes even makes you, the viewer, uncomfortable due to the goings on. And that's the mark of someone that knows how to handle his audience!

The acting in the movie really is first rate and there isn't a weak link there, especially not within the four leads. I'm no fan of Hugh Grant, in fact I hate the man, but he's exactly the right casting choice for this movie and it's almost a shame that he went on to make lots of rubbish movies after it. The two women, played by Kristin Scott Thomas and Emmanuelle Seigner are well done in terms of the characters and the acting, but it is Peter Coyote who steals the show as the abominable Oscar. His character in this film is the sort that actors can really get their teeth into, and Coyote bites down hard in this movie. Polanski's direction is excellent as usual and the gritty style mixed with the great director's edgy camera-work help to create a claustrophobic environment that allows Polanski to perfectly portray his characters' mindset. The themes on display are impressive, and in spite of the fact that it oversteps the mark on several occasions, Polanski's film always feels real and the lesson in the love that the film teaches is duly noted. Bitter Moon is a film that will get under your skin and stay there and not only that but there's enough happening to ensure that this is always a fun watch. Recommended viewing.

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