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Sunday (1997)

Unrated | | Drama, Romance | 22 August 1997 (USA)
This film concerns two mysterious characters who meet on a Sunday in Queens. Madeleine the most unsettling creature of that name since "Vertigo" is a middle-aged, moderately successful ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Arnold Barkus ...
Bahman Soltani ...
Selwyn (as Willis Burks)
Joe Subalowsky (as Joe Sirola)
Henry Hayward ...
Kevin Thigpen ...
Chen Tsun Kit ...
Madeleine Vesey
Ben Vesey
Yeon Joo Kim ...
Suky Vesey
Judy, Madeleine's Friend
Spencer Patterson ...
Johnny O
Scottie Elster
Jimmy Broadway ...


This film concerns two mysterious characters who meet on a Sunday in Queens. Madeleine the most unsettling creature of that name since "Vertigo" is a middle-aged, moderately successful actress. Oliver/Matthew is either a homeless man or a famous film director or both. Madeleine hails him on the street as the latter, launching a bizarre chain of events that includes a conversation in a diner, a very unromantic sexual encounter, the arrival of Madeleine's odd husband and unsuspecting daughter, and a child's birthday party. The film also compassionately tracks the daily rounds of Oliver/Matthew's fellow denizens of the homeless shelter, some of whom will be recognizable to New York audiences. Written by Remy <rholzer@ammi.org>

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Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

22 August 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Amantes de domingo  »

Box Office


$450,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$25,682 (USA) (22 August 1997)


$6,100,000 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Oliver: No work, no hope for work, like every day's Sunday.
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"Continuity" is credited as "Very Little." See more »


(from "Chansons Yiddish: Tendresse et rage")
Performed by Moshe Leiser, Ami Flammer & Gérard Barreaux
Courtesy of Ocera/Radio France/Harmonia Mendi
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A human mystery rooted in gritty New York reality
19 February 2001 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

The film's gritty outer-borough images of Queens, familiar to any born and bred New Yorker, got my attention instantly. But it was the film's two principal characters--both middle-aged, both survivors of difficult lives--that sustained it. He, an out-of-work middle management type, is a victim of corporate downsizing now living in a homeless shelter among a multiethnic, multiracial horde of down-and-outers, where he struggles to maintain bare-minimum standards of privacy and personal hygiene--and where remnants of his middle-class life set him apart from his surroundings. She, a faded beauty and still-struggling actress, maintains an oddly genteel life in a rundown two-family house nearby, surrounded by weedy lots and shuttered factories. As they meet and proceed to remove their masks, a kind of love story--brief, impossible, and ultimately doomed, is ignited. This is a beautifully shot and acted film, and a deeply affecting one.

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