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Mr. Jones (1993)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  8 October 1993 (USA)
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The story about the relationship between a manic depressive man, Mr Jones, and the female doctor who takes more than a professional interest in his treatment.

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Mr. Jones
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Libbie
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Dr. Catherine Holland
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Patrick
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Howard
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David
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Amanda
Lisa Malkiewicz ...
Susan
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Mr. Wilson
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Dr. Rosen
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Judge Harris
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Bellboy
Baha Jackson ...
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Epatha Harris ...
Daughter
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The story about the relationship between a manic depressive man, Mr Jones, and the female doctor who takes more than a professional interest in his treatment. Written by Rob Hartill

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Impulsive. Irresponsible. Irresistible. See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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8 October 1993 (USA)  »

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Gospodin Dzouns  »

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$8,315,975 (USA)
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Richard Gere's character rides a Triumph Bonneville motorcycle in the movie. San Diego Antique Motorcycle Club president Art Bishop lent his Triumph Bonneville to the film makers for a scene at short notice. Eagle-eyed filmgoers may spot that Bishop's bike is a 1977 750cc T140 Triumph Bonneville whilst a 1966 650cc T120 Triumph Bonneville is in scenes shot earlier. Both Triumphs are finished in blue and white. See more »

Goofs

Mr. Jones's walk on the top of the roof at the beginning of the film has him walking South along the ridge. His 'reprise' of that same walk, at the end of the film has him walking East along a ridge. The whole roof line changed completely from earlier in the film. Construction on top of the gable is now not there. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Jones: [crying] I can't... I can't stop the sadness.
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Jones the Dream
8 November 2005 | by (London) – See all my reviews

This was Mike Figgis' first film after the rather wonderful and haunting "Liebestraum" and compared to that it's a disappointment.

As others have commented, Gere's acting is magnificent. I have a good friend who is manic depressive and Gere nails the condition absolutely. As others have also commented, this performance is straightjacketed into a contrived Hollywood vehicle with a laughably pat romantic ending. I was unsurprised to discover that the film was taken away from Figgis by the studio, redited, rescored and partially reshot.

A couple of points: of course Lena Olin's character behaves unprofessionally, that's made quite clear in the movie, so pointing it out as a flaw seems a little wide of the mark. What we in fact have is a slightly more subtle than usual rendition of the "psychiatrist is as nutty as the patient" trope - she is shown earlier in the movie to be extremely vulnerable and perhaps irrational after a failed relationship. Meanwhile Gere is extremely charismatic, as manic personalities can be, she is drawn to him out of her own depressed state and the time-honoured Freudian concept of transference does the rest. In addition the choice she makes addresses the notion introduced by Gere's character in the movie - how much is she prepared to give up?

There are also serious questions about "madness" touched on in the film

  • where does individual personality end and illness begin? To what


extent is insanity a logical response to an intolerable situation? Perhaps these were originally to be explored in a little more depth.

I suppose this "accountant's cut" didn't do well enough at the box office for there to be much chance of a director's cut and that's a shame. It seems there is a much better film somewhere in here screaming to be let out....


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