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

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7 January 2000 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$37,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$193,604 (USA) (19 December 1999)

Gross:

$22,455,976 (USA)
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Trivia

Paul Thomas Anderson recently admitted that he finds the film far too long now, and would have cut some of the story lines from the finished product. He never specified what stories he would have cut. See more »

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Jim Kurring apparently patrols solo, without a partner. This is a significantly dangerous breach of protocol in almost every modern U.S. police jurisdiction, including Los Angeles. See more »

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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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Underneath the title at the end a line reads "for fa and ea". fa is Fiona Apple (Paul Thomas Anderson's girlfriend) ea is Ernie Anderson (Paul Thomas Anderson's father) See more »

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References The Thin Red Line (1998) See more »

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Whispering
Written by Richard Coburn, Vincent Rose, and John Schonberger
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The sins of the father...
17 January 2000 | by (Washington) – See all my reviews

That is what this film is about and "Strange things happen all the time" are the best ways I can think of to describe the overall plot of the film. The story of a dozen people, on one incredible day, in one very wet valley, on Magnolia Avenue.

I could list reason, after reason, after reason why this is one of the finest films I've ever seen... I really could. From the fact that every cast member gives an oscar-worthy performance, to the fact that this film has upwards of 10 amazing sequences I have never seen before, and probably will never see again, in any film.

This film gets my highest recommendation and a definite 10. I say see it right now, and see it as many times as possible.


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