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The Man from Elysian Fields (2001)

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A failed novelist's inability to pay the bills strains relations with his wife and leads him to work at an escort service where he becomes entwined with a wealthy woman whose husband is a successful writer.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward Rodgers
Virgil Koster
Paul Pearson
Susan Barnes ...
Attractive Woman
Asha Siewkumar ...
Restaurant Patron


Byron Tiller, happily married with a young child, is a writer whose last novel has ended up in the remainder bins. Down on his luck and struggling to make ends meet, he keeps bashing away, refusing to admit that perhaps he is not that good. One day, at wit's end and feeling sorry for himself, he meets someone who has actually read his book: a rather elegant looking Englishman who introduces himself as Luther Fox. Luther runs an escort agency Elysian Fields, which provides extremely wealthy women with attractive, intelligent dates. Desperate for any job- and Luther guarantees good pay and convinces him that it can be only temporary -Byron reluctantly agrees, keeping the whole thing hidden from his wife. He soon finds himself face-to-face with an extremely attractive woman, whose aging husband is a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist grappling with a novel that may be his last. Before long, Byron finds himself immersed in a world that he finds almost impossible to believe and even harder to... Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Plot Keywords:

writer | novel | novelist | escort | book | See All (111) »


Wealth affords the ultimate extravagance. See more »


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

28 November 2002 (Hong Kong)  »

Also Known As:

Confissões de um Sedutor  »


Box Office


$6,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$46,353, 29 September 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,431,625, 19 January 2003

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,006,391, 31 December 2003
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The credit card that Luther Fox uses, to pay for taking Jennifer Adler out, was Director George Hickenlooper's own debit card. You can read his name on-screen (he has since cancelled the card). See more »


When Byron and Andrea first appear in bed together, Andrea's lingerie shoulder strap is alternately under her left arm/on her shoulder between shots. See more »


Tobias Alcott: Be careful of women who love you just the way you are - it's a sure sign they settle too easily.
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At the beginning of the credits, the main characters have cameos with titles of the characters they play See more »


References The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) See more »


Byron Tiller Main Title
Written by Anthony Marinelli & Bill Kanengiser
Performed by Bill Kanengiser
Produced by Anthony Marinelli
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Will sell my soul for a good book.
13 October 2002 | by See all my reviews

Despite the lukewarm reception by the local and national media for this film, I found myself enjoying this rehash of Faust, tremendously. It's a very old theme, but in here it is told very stylishly and with a lot of panache by director George Hickenlooper based on the screenplay written by Phillip Jayson Lasker.

At the outset, I must say that I'm not the greatest fan of Andy Garcia, but I have to confess that in this film he does probably his best work, despite of other praised roles in the past. His Byron Tiller is a loser. We sense it the moment we see him in Rizzoli trying to recommend his book to an indecisive customer.

His curiosity trying to find out what his office neighbor, Luther Fox, is up to, proves to be his eventual downfall. At home life seems very normal with Dena, his wife, and son. Being broke makes him accept an offer he should have turned down from the very beginning.

The encounter with the Allcotts, Tobias, a best selling author at the end of his life, and Andrea, his wife will be fatal. Are we to believe this was a chance encounter, or was it planned before hand?

Ultimately the viewer will have to arrive to his own conclusions.

All the acting is first rate. Andy Garcia is very effective. So is the rest of the cast, but Mick Jagger is superb portraying this lizard kind of a man who deals with very special situations and needs. Also notable, Olivia Williams, as the ice queen that doesn't even take off her undergarments for a tumble in the hay. James Coburn is a sly fox who knows what he's doing from the very beginning. Julianna Margulies is the only one that has very little to do as the suffering wife.

The film has a glossy and sophisticated look. Viewing it will be satisfying because basically it's a good story well paced and acted.

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