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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)
Chris Hammond, Aspiring Medical Student


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)  »

Also Known As:

13 Conversations  »

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Box Office


$4,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$89,499 (USA) (24 May 2002)


$3,287,435 (USA) (27 November 2002)

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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 »


After Beatrice (the house cleaner) gets out of the hospital and goes to live with her mother, she has candles lit on the bureau. Her mother says that they're a "fire hazard" and blows them out; we see her bend down, blow out the four candles on the right of the mirror (accompanied with four blowing sounds) and stand up. When she stands up, we see that all six candles, including the two to the left of the mirror, are smoking; however, she never extinguished the two on the left. See more »


Richard 'Dick' Lacey: I wish, I wish we could see into the future sometimes.
Richard 'Dick' Lacey: That's the problem, isn't it?
Richard 'Dick' Lacey: I mean, life - it only makes sense when you look at it backwards.
Richard 'Dick' Lacey: Too bad we gotta live it forwards.
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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 »


Wohl denen die da Wandeln
Music by Heinrich Schütz (as Heinrich Schuetz)
Vocal arrangement by Richard Erickson
Sung by Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Parish Choir
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Interesting Film, some good stuff.
18 August 2002 | by (Escondido, California, USA) – See all my reviews

This is most definitely not my first choice of genres, but still I thought this film was pretty good. The film is a little slow, but it's quite interesting in the end. The characters in the film are really quite interesting and even at the end of the film I wanted to know what else happened to the characters.

The acting was good on all accounts, Matthew McConaughey, John Tuturro, Clea DuVall and Alan Arkin all did a fantastic jobs and I really liked all of their characters quite a bit.

Even though, I liked the film I wouldn't recommend this to everyone. It's pretty much just a movie about a bunch of people and the things that happen in their lives. I kind of found the movie to be a lot like "Playing By Heart", so if you liked that film, you may like this film. I hope you enjoy the film. Thanks for reading,


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