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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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Whatever Side You Take, You're Wrong. See more »

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Олеанна  »

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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 the professor says "Oh, my God." near the end of the movie right after striking his student and shortly before sitting down, for a short time the microphone hanging from the roof is visible at the top right corner of the screen. 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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Hail To The Men Of Merit
Words by David Mamet
Music by Rebecca Pidgeon
© Copyright 1994 Dwight Street Music
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grimm
12 July 2012 | by See all my reviews

As in fairy tale. An incredibly interesting experience;watching this film.I don't think it is too be taken literally.I don't think we are to fully believe that this is a slice of real life. I think the dialogue, the details of the plot and the direction gives us clues that the film/play is metaphorical. There is some illogic in the circumstances the two characters become entwine within. This is okay. It makes us think about the details and not the plot line so much. Macy is brilliant. The girl by contrast seems superficial at first and then much more convincing in the second half. I somehow think this was deliberate.

Ultimately,it is a scary,scary film. No spoiler here. Let me only say that good intentions can be turned against one by another and the consequences can be tragic.

A day later and after reading many other reviews,let me add a comment. The girl speaks of her "group". This is the give-away. There is no group. The "group" is the force of society to pillory the individual at every opportunity. The man is real. The girl is a fiction. This is what makes the film a work of genius.


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