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Magnolia (1999)

 -  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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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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$37,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£371,023 (UK) (24 March 2000)

Gross:

$22,450,975 (USA) (12 May 2000)
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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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Perhaps the best movie ever created
19 January 2000 | by (Farmington Missouri) – See all my reviews

PT Anderson has surpassed his past opus "Boogie Nights" with this gem of a film. One cannot even begin to absorb the true beauty of it with one screening. The acting, for lack of a better not-so-trite word, is amazing. Especially that of John C. Reily who nails the part of a cop. Perhaps what makes the film the most unique is the pacing. Just when the audience wants to slow down, take a breath, and absorb the movie, They hear a lawyer say "Slow down, take a breath". Anderson lets his viewers know, there is no easy way out of this one. But the stand out scene (and acting for that matter) is when William H Macy's Character Quiz Kid Donnie Smith, enters a bar and fights in an almost Oscar Wilde manner with the Antagonist Solomon Solomon. And of course there is the films climax. Which is so unexpected, so far fetched, one cannot claim it to be improbable or even silly. By the end of the film, we see "This is the way things are, we have a second chance, if we don't take it, then we fall victim to chance."


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