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Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001)

R | | Drama | 5 July 2002 (USA)
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In New York City, the lives of a lawyer, an actuary, a house-cleaner, a professor and the people around them intersect as they ponder order and happiness in the face of life's cold unpredictability.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bureau Chief
Sig Libowitz ...
Assistant Attorney
Legal Assistant
Dion Graham ...
Defense Attorney
Fernando López ...
Defendant (as Fernando Lopez)
Brian Smiar ...
Paul Austin ...
Allie Woods Jr. ...
Cab Driver (as Allie Woods)


A physics professor approaching middle age decides to change his life with unexpected results. A rising young prosecuting attorney's plans are thrown into disarray as the result of a single careless act while distracted. A woman reluctantly faces her husband's infidelity. An envious insurance claims manager with family problems seeks revenge on a cheerful coworker, but has second thoughts. And an optimistic young cleaning woman awaits a miracle, only to have her faith shaken by a traumatic event. These ordinary people all find themselves asking the fundamental question philosophers have pondered throughout history: What is happiness, and how does one achieve it? Written by Anonymous

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Ask yourself if you're really happy.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

5 July 2002 (USA)  »

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Box Office


$4,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$89,499, 27 May 2002, Limited Release

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The films story is inspired by two different head injuries that director Jill Sprecher endured. See more »


The character played by Matthew McConaughey has a cut on the left side of his forehead until he is admitted to the hospital toward the end of the film and then suddenly the cut is on the right side of his forehead. See more »


Walker: it's perverse, isn't it? people spend years developing their minds and educating themselves, but in the end, they just want to shut them off.
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Crazy Credits

Shawn Elliott is correctly spelled in the first set of credits, but is spelled as 'Shawn Elliot" in the end credits. See more »


References Magnolia (1999) See more »


Put on a Happy Face
Performed by Matt Monro
Music by Charles Strouse
Lyrics by Lee Adams
© 1960 Strada Music (ASCAP)
Administered by Helene Blue Musique LTD
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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perhaps one of the best movies I have ever seen
12 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

13 Conversations is amazing. I don't say this lightly, but I would count it, perhaps, as one of the best movies I have ever seen. Concise, thoughtful, smart, perfectly woven. I have watched it a few times, and each time, it inspired me and made me think. The dialogue was economic; the shooting exact. The music was brilliant. Casting was terrific, and acting, excellent. The DP and gaffing work were masterful, as the film's colors were so clean and fresh, it made you think it wasn't New York City, but rather, any city -- allowing the story to breathe and blossom. That is a real achievement for a film set in NYC. In short, everything in the film was just as it should be -- fitting its own story perfectly, representing its thoughts, its characters, its themes with seemingly effortless grace and poetry. I am amazed that the Sprecher sisters aren't major household names with six picture studio deals -- they are talented filmmakers with a unique, creative voice. (It is frustrating today that the lowest common denominator of blockbuster fare seem often to be given more money and coverage than filmmakers like the Sprechers who make true gems.) 13 Conversations is intelligent, moving, and beautiful. Definitely a film to make sure to see.

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