The Man from Elysian Fields (2001)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  28 November 2002 (Hong Kong)
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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:
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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writer | novel | novelist | escort | book | See All (111) »


Pleasure is his business...Call him old-fashioned. See more »


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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




Release Date:

28 November 2002 (Hong Kong)  »

Also Known As:

Confissões de um Sedutor  »

Box Office


$6,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$46,353 (USA) (27 September 2002)


$1,431,625 (USA) (17 January 2003)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Production was limited to 30 days because the financing ran out. See more »


At the book signing near the end of the film, Byron signs the name "Georgette" in the book for the woman named Yasmine. The next woman in line reveals her name to be Georgette. 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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Crazy Credits

The end of the credits caries a dedication to Suzie: "For my darling Suzie". See more »


Referenced in Hollywood Mouth (2008) See more »


Man From Elysian Fields End Credits
Written by Anthony Marinelli & Bill Kanengiser
Performed by Mala Ganguly & Bill Kanengiser
Produced by Anthony Marinelli
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A lot better than one could expect
25 October 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Man From Elysian Fields is a film with not one bad performance, a number of really good ones, and a story that keeps it and eye-gluer, in a sense. Andy Garcia is the writer, Byron, struggling to sell a second novel after a first that is selling almost nothing after seven years. Enter Fox (Mick Jagger) who runs an escort service for women, and offers Byron to be the "fulfiller" of married women. Byron wants to quit, until one night he meets the wife of Tobias Alcott (James Colburn), a famous, aging writer. Every character is convincing, even Jagger, who has strayed away from acting roles in general since the flop Freejack, and here takes a tailor made role and gives off a fascinating presence, and Colburn makes his hard bitten writer as an occasional comic relief. The surroundings of Pasadena adds to the allure, and it's delightful in it's sweep, under the guise of honest fiction. An independent sleeper. Grade: A

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