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One Night Stand (1997)

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Los Angeles advertisement director Max visits his friend, artist Charlie, who was diagnosed with A.I.D.S. in New York. There he meets Karen, they are attracted to each other and after they ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlie Carlyle (as Marcus Paulk)
Natalie Trott ...
Saffron Carlyle
Charlie's Father


Los Angeles advertisement director Max visits his friend, artist Charlie, who was diagnosed with A.I.D.S. in New York. There he meets Karen, they are attracted to each other and after they meet later that day at the concert, they have a passionate night. Then he returns home to L.A. to his family and wife Mimi. A year later Max returns to New York again to visit Charlie who is now dying, and there he meets Karen again, who is married to Charlie's brother Vernon. Written by Anonymous

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It was just one night that changed everything.


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality and language, and for drug content | See all certifications »




Release Date:

14 November 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bir gecelik ask  »

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Box Office


$24,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$978,819 (USA) (14 November 1997)


£558,557 (UK) (2 January 1998)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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According to the book "Robert Downey Jr - The fall and rise of the comeback kid", Mike Figgis and Robert Downey Jr. met at Kate Mantilini's, a restaurant on Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills to discuss this movie. Downey arrived two hours late, barefoot, high and carrying a purse with a gun sticking out of it. Figgis was shocked at first but started a conversation anyway. Downey, who had lost a lot of weight because of his addiction, still expected to be offered the lead role of Max. Figgis offered him the part of Charlie, a man dying of AIDS instead. This in turn gave Downey a shock, but after taking a good look in the mirror (and doing a line of coke) he decided to accept the part. See more »


In the bedroom mirror after the house party. See more »


Mimi Carlyle: I wonder what's got into Oscar. Does he smell another bitch on you?
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Simple but thought provoking!
16 March 2000 | by (Camberley, England) – See all my reviews

This movie is different from others in a sense that there's no good guy and bad guy line here. Nobody's perfect and nobody's totally wrong. However, in order to show Max-Caren pair as "unfaithful" as Mimi-Vernon pair, the event that was taking place outside the party was too imposed and simplistic. Some better idea should have come there. Extra-marital relationship is very complicated subject and deserves lot of thought. This movie at least provokes that kind of thought, though in a very simple way.

Ming-Na Wen and Wesley Snipes were over-acting on some occasions. Wesley's ad-firm colleagues were unnecessarily shown as stupid. However, Robert Downey Jr.'s part was superb, though his character was not directly related to the movie's main story. I was moved by him talking to Wesley about "life's like an orange". Some people here found Nastassja Kinski boring. I completely disagree. She was not blabbing, that's true, but look at her subtle facial expressions. One will rarely find this talent in Hollywood stars' face.

Another feature in this movie that I liked very much is the natural relationship between Black-White-Asian, which I can hardly find in a Hollywood movie unless the theme of the movie is race discrimination or something alike.

I give it a little above average credit. With better acting and little modification in the script this could be an extraordinary movie.

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