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Oleanna (1994)

Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | 4 November 1994 (USA)
Student Carol visits Professor John to discuss how she failed his course but the discussion takes awkward turn.

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A two character movie, involving a college professor, John, who is confronted by a female student, Carol, who is failing his course. The two spend a long time talking to each other, during which time John says a few things that can be taken the wrong way. After the night the two spent talking, John is slapped with a sexual harassment accusation by Carol. After more accusations from Carol, John's career as a teacher begins to fall apart. This forces John with a choice on how to handle the situation, and the results make up for a shattering ending to the movie. Written by Justin Sharp <rainman88@earthlink.net>

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Олеанна  »

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$124,693 (USA)
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The Broadway production of "Oleana" by David Mamet opened at the John Golden Theater on October 11, 2009, ran for 65 performances and closed on December 6, 2009 starring Bill Pullman and Julia Stiles. See more »

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When Carol leaves John's office after their second meeting, shouting "Help!", the shadow of the camera covers the door. See more »

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[last lines]
John: Oh, my God.
Carol: Yes, that's right.
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Crazy Credits

The "school song" (written by Mamet) played during the credits is sung by Mamet's wife, Rebecca Pidgeon who first performed the role of Carol on stage. See more »


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Brief College Days
Words by David Mamet
Music by Rebecca Pidgeon
Soloist - Main Credits: Steve Goldstein (as Steven Goldstein)
Soloist - End Credits: Rebecca Pidgeon
© Copyright 1994 Dwight Street Music
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Wonderful! Just try to watch with an Open Mind!
7 August 2001 | by (San Jose, California) – See all my reviews

This movie is one of my Favorites and Very Underrated.

I love movies that challenge my beliefs and shake me up, get me thinking, show me false hoods of my thinking. Mament' Oleana met this criteria and then some.

At least 3 times while watching this I wanted to turn it off! I felt disturbed, insulted and manipulated! I stuck with it and the voluminous 1:1 dialogue between John (the professor) and Carol (the student).

I watched with my wife and we had diametrically different opinions about the issue of sexual assault. This discussion with my wife was very enlightening for me; I could not believe what was coming out of her mouth. My wife was so vehemently committed to her position (that Carol was a victim of sexual assault) I started to laugh! (Tip for the fellows: never laugh at your wife in these moments!)

After another 2 hours of discussion I moved my opinion to the `middle ground'. All in all this was the most thought provoking and `shake up my atrophied beliefs' movie ever.

Highly recommended when you watch that you do so with someone else of the opposite sex! Very intriguing discussion afterwards!




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