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The Center of the World -- What should have been a simple cash-for-sex arrangement sends a young computer genius and a beautiful stripper on an emotionally shattering journey into their deepest erotic fantasies.
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The Center of the World -- What should have been a simple cash-for-sex arrangement sends a young computer genius and a beautiful stripper on an emotionally shattering journey into their deepest erotic fantasies.

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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Wayne Wang (story) &
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Release Date:
18 May 2001 (Italy) See more »
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Plot:
A couple checks into a suite in Las Vegas. In flashbacks we see that he's a computer whiz on the verge of becoming a dot.com millionaire... See more » | Add synopsis »
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User Reviews:
Worth one viewing See more (68 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Shane Edelman ... Porter

Peter Sarsgaard ... Richard Longman

Molly Parker ... Florence
Karry Brown ... Lap Dancer

Alisha Klass ... Pandora Stripper
Mel Gorham ... Roxanne
Lisa Newlan ... Porn Site Woman
Jason McCabe ... Pete (as Jason Mccabe Calacanis)
Travis Miljan ... Dog Owner
Jerry Sherman ... Old Man

Carla Gugino ... Jerri

Pat Morita ... Taxi Driver

Balthazar Getty ... Brian Pivano
Robert Lefkowitz ... Motel Manager
John Lombardo ... Gondolier
Kathy Florez ... Maid

Ian Gomez ... Delivery Man
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alison Amberley ... (uncredited)

David C. Fisher ... Police Officer (uncredited)

Shirley Knight ... (uncredited)
Ron Nicolosi ... Ron - Coffee Shop Worker (uncredited)

James Reese ... Police Officer (uncredited)
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Directed by
Wayne Wang 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Wayne Wang (story) &
Miranda July (story) and
Paul Auster (story) &
Siri Hustvedt (story)

Ellen Benjamin Wong (screenplay)

Produced by
Ira Deutchman .... executive producer
Francey Grace .... co-producer
Greg Johnson .... executive producer
Heidi Levitt .... co-producer
Andrew Loo .... co-producer
Peter Newman .... producer
Wayne Wang .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Mauro Fiore 
 
Film Editing by
Lee Percy 
 
Casting by
Heidi Levitt 
Kris Nicolau 
 
Production Design by
Donald Graham Burt 
 
Art Direction by
Diana Kunce 
 
Costume Design by
Sophie De Rakoff  (as Sophie de Rakoff Carbonell)
 
Makeup Department
Lesley Anderson .... hair stylist
Paul LeBlanc .... hair stylist
Lydia Milars .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Bill Block .... executive in charge of production
Andrew Loo .... unit production manager
Yael Melamede .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jonathan McGarry .... first assistant director
Paul Schmitz .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist
Mark DeSimone .... adr mixer
David Diamond .... boom operator
Jesse Ehredt .... sound recordist
Sean Garnhart .... sound re-recording mixer
Sean Garnhart .... sound supervisor
Albert Gasser .... supervising adr & dialogue editor
Skip Lievsay .... sound mixer
Bill Orrico .... first assistant sound editor
Aaron Rihel .... sound recordist
Jim Stuebe .... production sound mixer
 
Visual Effects by
Eric Heavens .... digital compositor
Dan Schmit .... visual effects supervisor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Bauman .... gaffer
Monica Carey .... assistant camera
Sean Fairburn .... camera operator
Sean Fairburn .... video engineer
John Johnson .... still photographer
Anatoliy Neznanov .... electrician
 
Editorial Department
Michael Hatzer .... color timer
Marty Levenstein .... associate editor
Misako Shimizu .... first assistant editor
 
Music Department
Deva Anderson .... music supervisor
Delphine Robertson .... music coordinator
 
Other crew
Robin Antin .... choreographer
Randall Balsmeyer .... title designer
Amy Carroll .... production assistant
Melissa Chesman .... production executive: Redeemable Features
Leann Emmert .... assistant location manager
Gabi Endicott .... script supervisor
Nancy Haecker .... location manager
Lora Hingst .... set production assistant
Alisha Klass .... technical advisor
M. Michelle Nishikawa .... production coordinator
Keith Potter .... set production assistant
Gaby Rizeanu .... script supervisor
Wayne T. Silva .... production assistant
James Traynor .... key location manager (as Jay Traynor)
Andrew Golov .... production executive (uncredited)
Andrew Golov .... studio executive (uncredited)
Timothy Scott Ralston .... studio projectionist (uncredited)
Cathy Ziehl .... studio coordinator (uncredited)
 

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88 min
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Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: When Jerri is yelling at Florence in the hotel room, the crew and equipment are reflected in the mirror.See more »
Quotes:
[About Richard's gift of $2000.]
Jerri:What planet is he from?
Florence:I'm still trying to figure that out.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Indie Sex: Extremes (2007) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
MilleniumSee more »

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11 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Worth one viewing, 10 September 2003
Author: animalmother78 from Tucson, AZ

"Center of the World" is a very well photographed drama and is highly worth a viewing, but has several flaws.

"Center of the World", an almost mirror image of "Leaving Las Vegas" (better film), is about a computer whiz named Richard's (Peter Sarsgaard) three day escape from his everyday life to Las Vegas with a stripper named Florence (the lovely Molly Parker), who he pays to go with him under the conditions they won't have sex.

But Richard's promise eventually gets the best of him and he begins to obsess about having the best sex of his life with Florence. Florence, meanwhile, holds Richard back with teases and a "Fire and Ice" (Don't ask me) routine off screen.

With each tease, the characters' chemistry builds up and we begin to wonder if Richard and Florence are actually falling in love.

"Center of the World" has beautiful cinematography. The entire film was shot on tape and a few scenes are in one of the best shades of black and white I've ever scene.

Peter Sarsgaard is very good as the naive but extremely polite computer whiz and Molly Parker (although very better in "Pure") pours herself into the tough role of Florence almost as good as Jennifer Connely portrayed Marion in "Requiem for a Dream".

The film does have several flaws though. It has far too many sex scenes (often gratuitous), the chemistry between the two characters blooms and dies at any given time and the surprise ending is almost ruined by two scenes directly after the surprise (you'll have to see for yourself).

"Center of the World" is a good film worth watching once.

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