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Closer (I) (2004)

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The relationships of two couples become complicated and deceitful when the man from one couple meets the woman of the other.



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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sequences of graphic sexual dialogue, nudity/sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 December 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Closer: Llevados por el deseo  »

Box Office


$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$7,707,972 (USA) (3 December 2004)


£7,968,183 (UK) (18 February 2005)

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1.85 : 1
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The role of Alice was set to be Eva Green's Hollywood movie debut, but she dropped out at the last minute. See more »


In the opening scene when Alice is walking down the street, the front of her hair is dyed a very bright red but in the next scene when she in the hospital waiting room with Dan, there are only a few streaks. See more »


[first lines]
Alice: Hello, stranger.
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Bella vita militar!
from opera "Così fan tutte"
Performed by Renée Fleming, Anne Sofie von Otter, Frank Lopardo, Olaf Bär,
Michele Pertusi with London Voices and Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Conducted by Georg Solti (as Sir Georg Solti)
Courtesy of Decca Music Group Limited and Universal Classics Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Flawlessly From Stage to Screen
6 December 2004 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

The strength of Closer, both as a play and a motion picture, is the flawless, mature and beautifully crafted dialogue. Patrick Marber's screenplay is a testament to his truly great writing ability, as not much of the original text needed to be adapted in order to work appropriately and effectively on screen.

The raw emotion and base convictions of these four tragic characters (all acted exquisitly) is given to us primarily through their words and those words are all we need.

If you need more than words and are looking for a feel good love story, steer clear, you will only be disappointed.

However, if you are looking for a piece that will intrigue your senses, causing you to examine your own soul, your own convictions, then I highly recommend Closer.

Like Shakespeare, Williams, and O'Neil, whose words are a testament to the condition of their lives and times, Marber, through his language and presentation of these four exquisite lost souls, forces the mind to acknowledge and deal with the most base of our natural tendencies, painting a brutally honest portriat of the human condition in the 21st century.

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