Living Out Loud (1998)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  6 November 1998 (USA)
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Judith Nelson quit her medical studies to marry. Years later, her husband, a physician, divorces her to be with another doctor. Deeply frustrated, she now lives alone in her luxury ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pat Francato
Robert Nelson
Phil Francato
The Kisser
Mariangela Pino ...
The Masseur
Clark Anderson ...
Ellen McElduff ...
Crying Woman
Ivan Kronenfeld ...
Angry Boyfriend
Fil Formicola ...
Santi's Man
Santi's Man


Judith Nelson quit her medical studies to marry. Years later, her husband, a physician, divorces her to be with another doctor. Deeply frustrated, she now lives alone in her luxury apartment in New York, looking for a new meaning for her life. Pat Francato, the janitor and lift-boy, has a troubled life himself: Gambling debts and the tragic death of his daughter took away all his spirit. One day, he and Judith meet in the right mood and a fragile friendship starts to grow. They can help each other to get on their feet again. But one false move could destroy everything they built so carefully. Written by Julian Reischl <>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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




Release Date:

6 November 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Kiss  »

Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$169,747 (USA) (30 October 1998)


$12,902,790 (USA) (26 February 1999)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The news clip that Judith is watching at the beginning shows a badly damaged apartment building, as we hear the newscaster speaking about possible terrorist bombings. This image was actually from an October 1992 airplane crash, where an El Al 747 cargo jet crashed into an Amsterdam apartment complex, killing 43. See more »


The sugar and cream containers while Pat and Judith are having coffee. See more »


Judith Moore: What is the point of what you're doing?
Woman with Makeup: Excuse me?
Judith Moore: Fixing your makeup. He's going to dump you eventually for someone younger, so what is the point? I mean, you're a nice looking woman. Why does everything have to be about men?
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References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »


They Can't Take That Away From Me
Written by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin
Produced by Mervyn Warren
Performed by Danny DeVito
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A good screenwriter becomes an excellent director
6 June 2003 | by (Hardwick, Vermont) – See all my reviews

Living Out Loud is a very complete film in its use of good telling, quirky casting and an dynamic use of music. Mr. LaGravenese has made a triumphant transition from screenwriter to director. Holly Hunter is brilliant in the role of Judith, one of the most emotionally complex woman that I've seen on the screen in ages. Hunter is a bundle of pent-up sexuality and rage that explodes as her safe upperclass NYC life begins to unravel. Danny Devito is a good actor who when given the right script becomes a great actor. He is perfect as the unlucky recently divorced elevator operator trying to catch a break. Queen Latifah is awesome. Her talent is natural and honest. She is the most interesting black female in film today(second only to Alfre Woodard or Angela Bassett). Martin Donovan is cinema's best kept secret. His talent is also very natural as can be seen in his other work(Insomnia, The Oppsite of Sex, etc). If you are looking for a film about 'self-discovery', this is the film for you.

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