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Oleanna (1994)

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Student Carol visits Professor John to discuss how she failed his course but the discussion takes awkward turn.

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Storyline

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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He said it was a lesson. She said it was sexual harassment. Whichever side you take, you're wrong. See more »

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4 November 1994 (USA)  »

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$124,693 (USA)
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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

Quotes

John: Get out of my office!
[Carol doesn't leave]
John: Get out! Get the fuck out of my office!
Carol: I'm leaving. And don't call your wife "Baby"!
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Angels' Revenge (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Long Ago And Far Away
Words by David Mamet
Music by Rebecca Pidgeon
Soloist: Steve Goldstein (as Steven Goldstein)
© Copyright 1994 Dwight Street Music
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Worth the work it takes to watch.
11 February 1999 | by (Lucas Buck, NC) – See all my reviews

You must pay attention to every word, both spoken and implied.

I try not to refer to other comments in the IMDB, but here I must make an exception. It seems many dis this film because they don't get it…If you don't get it, don't be embarrassed and protective by espousing lame criticisms. Just say you don't get it---that's no crime. I certainly have NEVER gotten ANYTHING that has Peter Guber ‘s name on it…and I don't mind admitting it at all..

First, this is hardly a movie, more of a filmed, staged reading, from a brilliant play, with only two characters. There is a single story line, and it is woven intricately around the dialogue. What is NOT said may be more important than what is said,, and that is what this movie is about….IMPRESSION.

The student and the teacher, the lesson, what is said, what is implied, how can something so simple be so misunderstood? And that it IS misunderstood, that it will always be misunderstood, whether there is malicious intent or not is almost irrelevant--THAT is what the movie is about.

Oleanna is not a whodunit, and there will be no Charlie Chan coming from behind the secret door at the end to explain the whole deal.

As many times as I've watched this movie is as many times as I'm mesmerized by the brilliance it's idea. I've found myself on the side of the Professor (William H Macy) as many times as that of the student (Debra Eisenstadt).

Mamet at his finest.


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