A romantic comedy: Alex is an author whose writer's block and gambling debts have landed him in a jam. In order get loan sharks off his back, he must finish his novel in 30 days or wind up dead. To help him complete his manuscript he hires stenographer Emma. As Alex begins to dictate his tale of a romantic love triangle to the charming yet somewhat opinionated stenographer, Emma challenges his ideas at every turn. Her unsolicited yet intriguing input begins to inadvertently influence Alex and his story and soon real life begins to imitate art. Written by
Is it love... or are they just imagining things?
20 June 2003 (USA)
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Loosely Based on a True Love Story
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Opening Weekend: $114,881
(19 September 2003)
(3 October 2003)
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Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
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The plot for this movie comes roughly from the life of Fyodor Dostoyevsky (author of "Crime and Punishment"). He had promised to complete a new novel by a certain date, but had not written any of it yet when there was only one month left before the deadline. After a recommendation, he hired a stenographer named Anna, who helped him complete the book ("The Gambler") in 26 days. The plot of "The Gambler", which is based off of one of the author's own experiences, is about a tutor (Alexei) who falls in love with Polina, who toys with him. During the writing process, Dostoyevsky and the stenographer fall in love; they later marry and have 4 children. Thus the movie mirrors loosely both Dostoyevsky's life and the novel he wrote during that time. See more
When Alex and Emma are arguing on the stairway, Alex's mouth does not match his words. See more
He was wracked with confusion. For the first time in his life, he understood the true meaning of the expressions "horns of a dilemma" and "between a rock and a hard place" - although the concept of "paying through the nose" had always tormented him. How does the money get in the nose in the first place? Once in, is it pulled out by hand, or is a sneeze involved? And who would accept such a transaction? Burning questions all, but he had bigger fish to fry.
Written by Philip Braham
and Douglas Furber
Performed by Fletcher Henderson
Courtesy of The Verve Music Group
Under licence from Universal Music Enterprises See more