One Night Stand (1997)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  14 November 1997 (USA)
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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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Adrian Lyne was the first choice to direct the film, but turned it down in order to helm the remake of Lolita (1997). See more »


When Charlie finds out about Max and Karen's affair, Karen is wearing dark red nail varnish. By the end of the scene she isn't wearing any. See more »


Charlie: Life is an orange, Max.
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Heart of Glass
Written by Debbie Harry and Chris Stein
Performed by Blondie
Courtesy of Chrysalis Records, a division of EMI
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Major disappointment from Figgis
25 February 1999 | by (Brooklyn, NY) – See all my reviews

LEAVING LAS VEGAS affected me like almost no other movie has, so I was bound to find this film somewhat of a let-down, but even I was surprised by how much. In his other films, Figgis has demonstrated he's a master with mood and atmosphere, and he's good here as well. The scene where Max and Karen first meet is nicely played, without too much foreshadowing thrown in. But this is a conventional plot, and try as he might, Figgis isn't able to make it interesting enough. And as much as I hate Joe Eszterhas (whose screenplay this is re-written from), I can't imagine his ending was any worse (or maybe this was his ending).

I'm not a big fan of Kinski to begin with, but to be fair, she has almost nothing to work with, and she does try. And I like Ming-Na Wen, but she's also stuck, she with a too-unsympathetic character. The men come off better; Snipes and MacLachlan are good, but really, the main reason this is worth watching is Robert Downey Jr., who avoids cliche even when his character is dying. Otherwise, you're left wondering, what the hell was the purpose here?

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