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Magnolia (1999)

R | | Drama | 7 January 2000 (USA)
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An epic mosaic of interrelated characters in search of love, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley.
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 28 wins & 53 nominations. See more awards »


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



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


$37,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$193,604, 19 December 1999, Limited Release

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?


In William H. Macy's bar scene, the video game seen in background is Frogger (1981). See more »


Officer Kurring gets to his cruiser (with little rapper) and puts his night stick and a flashlight in the car. The next frame you see officer Kurring, his car is a bit more backed up. See more »


[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

As the credit for Robert Downey Sr. scrolls up the screen, the words "(a prince)" appear next to his name. See more »


Featured in The 57th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2000) See more »


Written by Aimee Mann
Performed by Aimee Mann
Courtesy of Superego Records
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Stunning and Emotionally Moving Drama
20 November 2000 | by See all my reviews

I rented this movie from Blockbuster without knowing anything about it. I was hooked from the opening scene until the final frame and was sad to see the movie end. The character development, plot, and acting were magnificent. I was moved on many levels and felt almost every conceivable emotion at one point or another. The characters seemed so real to me that I was hard pressed to think of a movie that had the same strong level of character development across the board. The only negative comment I can make is that I felt like there were a couple loose ends when the movie finished. But this may have been intentional and was a minor blemish in an otherwise very fine film. Even Tom Cruise reached new levels as an actor in this film. I gave it a 9 out of 10, only because a perfect 10 is a once in a lifetime film in my opinion. A must see for serious dramatical movie lovers.

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