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Magnolia (1999)

R | | Drama | 7 January 2000 (USA)
An epic mosaic of interrelated characters in search of love, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Genevieve Zweig ...
Mrs. Godfrey
Mark Flanagan ...
Joseph Green (as Mark Flannagan)
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Stanley Berry
Rod McLachlan ...
Daniel Hill
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Firefighter
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Delmer Darion
Raymond 'Big Guy' Gonzales ...
Reno Security Guard
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Craig Hansen
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Forensic Scientist
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Sydney Barringer
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Arthur Barringer
Frank Elmore ...
1958 Detective
John Kraft Seitz ...
1958 Policeman
Cory Buck ...
Young Boy
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Storyline

24 hours in L.A.; it's raining cats and dogs. Two parallel and intercut stories dramatize men about to die: both are estranged from a grown child, both want to make contact, and neither child wants anything to do with dad. Earl Partridge's son is a charismatic misogynist; Jimmy Gator's daughter is a cokehead and waif. A mild and caring nurse intercedes for Earl, reaching the son; a prayerful and upright beat cop meets the daughter, is attracted to her, and leads her toward a new calm. Meanwhile, guilt consumes Earl's young wife, while two whiz kids, one grown and a loser and the other young and pressured, face their situations. The weather, too, is quirky. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Things fall down. People look up. And when it rains, it pours.

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language, drug use, sexuality and some violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 January 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$37,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$193,604, 19 December 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$22,455,976

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,995,827
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The film is included on Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" list. See more »

Goofs

She poured more water into the coffee maker. That implies a hot, fresh pot. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: In the New York Herald, November 26, year 1911, there is an account of the hanging of three men. They died for the murder of Sir Edmund William Godfrey; Husband, Father, Pharmacist and all around gentle-man resident of: Greenberry Hill, London. He was murdered by three vagrants whose motive was simple robbery. They were identified as: Joseph Green, Stanley Berry, and Daniel Hill. Green, Berry, Hill. And I Would Like To Think This was Only A Matter Of Chance. As reported in the Reno...
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Crazy Credits

Pedestrian #2 is incorrectly spelled Pedistrian #2. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Amélie (2001) See more »

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Waiting
(uncredited)
Written by Colin Devlin
Performed by The Devlins
Courtesy of Radioactive/MCA Records
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User Reviews

 
Pointless, Painful, Pretentious.
12 May 2012 | by See all my reviews

It both humours and kills me to see so many users glorifying this film. I can tell that Paul was hoping to achieve a lot with Magnolia, and im sorry to say he came up seriously short.

Magnolia, what can you say about it... This film combines a large number of short narratives and characters that intertwine together in an attempt to portray some vague message of lifes ambiguity and randomness. wow, Great message Paul. If you wanted me to identify with these characters why did you make ALL of them mentally retarded... the fact that Tom Cruise was the stand out performance in this film says enough, and he basically played himself.

There's no point even discussing this film, on a basic level, it feels like the end product of a year 8 media studies final.

overdone, and seriously pretentious :(


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