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Closer (I) (2004)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  10 December 2004 (USA)
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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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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 15 wins & 38 nominations. See more awards »



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If you believe in love at first sight... Take a closer look. See more »


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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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Did You Know?


The original Broadway production of "Closer" by Patrick Marber opened at the Music Box Theater in New York on March 15, 1999. Cast was: Anna Friel as Alice, Rupert Graves as Dan, Ciarán Hinds as Larry, and Natasha Richardson as Anna. This ran for 172 performances and was nominated for the 1999 Tony Award for the Best Play. Marber also wrote the screenplay for this filmed production. See more »


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[first lines]
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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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