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Closer -- Two couples meet, cheat and deceive each other in this witty, romantic and very dangerous love story, masterfully adapted from the award-winning stage play.
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Closer -- 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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Writers (WGA):
Patrick Marber (play)
Patrick Marber (screenplay)
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Release Date:
10 December 2004 (USA) See more »
If you believe in love at first sight, you never stop looking. See more »
The relationships of two couples become complicated and deceitful when the man from one couple meets the woman of the other. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 26 wins & 38 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Julia Roberts ... Anna

Jude Law ... Dan

Natalie Portman ... Alice

Clive Owen ... Larry

Nick Hobbs ... Taxi Driver

Colin Stinton ... Customs Officer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Steve Benham ... Car driver (uncredited)
Elizabeth Bower ... Chatty Exhibition Guest (uncredited)
Ray Donn ... Customs Officer (uncredited)
Daniel Dresner ... Coughing Man (uncredited)
Rrenford Junior Fagan ... Bus Passenger (uncredited)
Antony Gabriel ... Luke (uncredited)
Michael Haley ... Smoking Man (uncredited)

Selena Mars ... Traveler (uncredited)

Steve Morphew ... Bartender (uncredited)

Abdul Popoola ... Doctor (uncredited)

Peter Rnic ... Bodyguard (uncredited)
Leonard Silver ... Exhibition Guest (uncredited)
Robert Stone ... Bouncer (uncredited)
Brian Teles ... Strip Club Customer (uncredited)

Bret Yount ... Customs Officer (uncredited)

Directed by
Mike Nichols 
Writing credits
Patrick Marber (play)

Patrick Marber (screenplay)

Produced by
Mary Bailey .... associate producer
Cary Brokaw .... producer
John Calley .... producer
James Clayton .... co-executive producer
Celia D. Costas .... executive producer
Robert Fox .... executive producer
Michael Haley .... co-producer
Paula Jalfon .... co-executive producer
Paul A. Levin .... associate producer
Mike Nichols .... producer
Duncan Reid .... co-executive producer
Scott Rudin .... executive producer
Cinematography by
Stephen Goldblatt 
Film Editing by
John Bloom 
Antonia Van Drimmelen 
Production Design by
Tim Hatley 
Art Direction by
Grant Armstrong 
Hannah Moseley 
Mark Raggett 
Set Decoration by
John Bush 
Costume Design by
Ann Roth 
Makeup Department
Christine Blundell .... hair stylist: Ms. Portman
Christine Blundell .... makeup artist: Ms. Portman
Richard Dean .... makeup artist: Ms. Roberts
Ian Denson .... hair stylist: Ms. Roberts
Linda DeVetta .... hair designer
Linda DeVetta .... makeup designer
Mark English .... key hair stylist
Andrea Finch .... crowd hair/makeup supervisor
Tracey Lee .... makeup dailies
Dorka Nieradzik .... hair stylist: Mr. Owen
Dorka Nieradzik .... makeup artist: Mr. Owen
Trefor Proud .... key makeup artist
Michelle Taylor .... hair stylist: Mr. Law
Michelle Webb .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Celia D. Costas .... unit production manager
Antoine Douaihy .... assistant unit production manager: New York
Kevin Flatow .... assistant production supervisor
Ted Ladlow .... unit manager
Rachel Neale .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jonny Benson .... third assistant director
Rob Burgess .... third assistant director
Michael Haley .... first assistant director
Toby Hefferman .... second assistant director
Eddie Thorne .... assistant director
Robert E. Warren .... assistant director
Art Department
David H. Allen .... property master: New York (as David Allen)
Lee Biggs .... carpenter
Julia Castle .... construction coordinator
Alan Chesters .... construction manager
Dean Coldham .... plasterer
Martin Duffy .... stand-by carpenter
Robert J. Dugdale .... assistant scenic artist
Michael Gunner .... supervising painter
Jane Harwood .... assistant art director
Gary Ixer .... stand-by props
David Ned Kelly .... supervising carpenter (as David Kelly)
Tony Marks .... carpenter
Maxie McDonald .... property master
Graham Mitchell .... carpenter
Neil Murrum .... chargehand dressing props
Brian Neighbour .... carpenter
Wesley Peppiatt .... props
Lucinda Sturgis .... props buyer
Howard Weaver .... scenic artist
Ben Wilkinson .... dressing props
Simon Wilkinson .... chargehand stand-by props
Steve Williamson .... supervising painter
Eddie Wolstencroft .... stand-by painter
Christian McDonald .... props (uncredited)
Grant Shaffer .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Jamie Baker .... foley editor
James Bennett .... adr recordist
Ron Bochar .... sound re-recording mixer
Ron Bochar .... supervising sound editor
Kam Chan .... foley supervisor
Laura Civiello .... dialogue editor
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist
Lee Dichter .... sound re-recording mixer
Chris Fielder .... assistant sound editor
Peter Gleaves .... adr mixer
Heather Gross .... first assistant sound editor
Harry Higgins .... sound re-recording engineer
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer
Gareth John .... sound maintenance
George A. Lara .... foley mixer
Branka Mrkic .... dialogue editor (as Branka Mrkic-Tana)
Barry O'Sullivan .... boom operator
Angela Organ .... assistant adr editor
Nicholas Renbeck .... foley editor
Jamie Roden .... adr mixer
Ivan Sharrock .... production sound mixer
Deborah Wallach .... adr editor
Allan Zaleski .... sound effects editor
Alexander Beddow .... adr assistant (uncredited)
David Warzynski .... foley assistant (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Stuart Brisdon .... special effects supervisor
Mark Haddenham .... special effects senior technician
Jennifer Herbert .... special effects: The Mill
Mark White .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Jennifer Herbert .... digital compositor: The Mill
Katja Hollmann .... digital lab supervisor: Lipsync Post
Matthew Leach .... technical assistant
Kevin Phelan .... scanning and recording producer: Lip Sync Post
Doug Spilatro .... visual effects
Olaf Wendt .... visual effects supervisor
William Foxwell .... digital lab operator: Lip Sync Post (uncredited)
Katy Lemon .... digital lab operator: Lip Sync Post (uncredited)
Marc Cass .... stunts (as Mark Cass)
Tracey Caudle .... stunts (as Tracy Caudle)
Ray De-Haan .... stunt coordinator (as Ray De Haan)
David Garrick .... stunts
Steve Griffin .... stunt coordinator
Crispin Layfield .... stunts
Tony Lucken .... stunts
Michelle Sebek .... stunt double
Tom Elliott .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Pete Cavaciuti .... Steadicam operator
Pete Cavaciuti .... camera operator: "b" camera
Gareth Coop .... camera trainee
Jason Coop .... central loader
Trevor Coop .... camera operator: "a" camera
Clive Coote .... still photographer
Kathleen Corgan .... second assistant camera: New York
Ted Deason .... first assistant camera
Lester Dunton .... video supervisor
Laurence Edwards .... crane technician
Russell Engels .... gaffer: New York (as Russ Engels)
Steve Finberg .... electrician
Tommy Finch .... gaffer
Alan Grayley .... rigging electrician
Alan Hall .... second assistant camera
Demetri Jagger .... video assist operator
Sacha Jones .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Wayne King .... electrician
Graham Martyr .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Billy Merrell .... rigging gaffer
Richard Merrell .... electrician
Neil Munro .... lighting technician
Luke Myslowski .... grip
Peter Myslowski .... grip: "a" camera unit
Peter Myslowski .... key grip
Billy Patsos .... key grip: New York (as William Patsos)
Chris Silano .... first assistant camera: New York (as A. Chris Silano)
Andy Thomson .... crane technician
Martyn Welland .... electrician
George White .... assistant chief lighting technician
Zoe Whittaker .... video assist operator: dailies
Steve Hideg .... crane technician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Louis Elman .... adr voice casting
Sondra James .... voice casting
Ilenka Jelowicki .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lucy Denny .... costume cutter
Melissa Haley .... costumes coordinator
Michelle Matland .... assistant costume designer
Luan Placks .... costumer
Lindsay Pugh .... costume supervisor
Adam Roach .... wardrobe master
Sophia Spink .... costumer
Fran Vega-Buck .... costumer (as Francisca V. Vega)
Editorial Department
Andrew Buckland .... assistant editor
Closer .... dailies advisor
Armando Fente .... assistant editor
Ann Gray .... post-production coordinator
Rupert Hall .... assistant editor
William Henry .... associate editor
Kate Mackenzie .... assistant editor
Stephen R. Sheridan .... color timer (as Steve Sheridan)
Sandeep Sheth .... post-production staff assistant
Mark Wright .... negative cutter
Location Management
Gilly Case .... location manager
Heather Gauntt .... assistant location manager
Joe Guest .... location manager: New York
Lara Murray .... assistant location manager
Emma Pill .... location manager
David Pinnington .... location manager
Holly Pullinger .... assistant location manager
Jane Soans .... location manager
Amanda Stevens .... location manager
Tom Stourton .... location scout
Martin Wady .... location scout
Lucy Williams .... location scout (uncredited)
Music Department
Nancy Allen .... assistant music editor
Andy Brown .... music contractor
Stephen McLaughlin .... music mixer
Suzana Peric .... music editor
Darian Pollard .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Gary Birmingham .... unit transportation manager
Martin Birmingham .... driver: cast
Jimmy Carruthers .... unit driver
Lee Isgar .... driver: Cary Brokaw
Karen Russell .... driver: minibus
Lol Smith .... driver: Clive Owen
Other crew
Mary Bailey .... script supervisor
Joanna Bates .... assistant accountant
Kellie Belle .... consultant: product placement
Kristin Brokaw .... floor runner
Creel Brown .... additional production assistant
Tabitha Burrill .... production accountant
Sean Mik'ael Butler .... development intern
Blanca Camacho .... adr loop group
Francesca Castellano .... production coordinator
John Charles .... software engineer: Sony DAC
Gavin Charlton .... sous chef
J. John Corbett .... title designer
Deb Dyer .... accountant
Maria Fitzgerald .... accounting assistant
Nicole Gregory .... unit publicist
Giles Harding .... additional floor runner
Cara Higgins .... daily floor runner
David House .... stand-in
Harriet Howe .... additional set runner
Nikki Inwood .... stand-in: Julia Roberts
Oliver Kersey .... floor runner
Bryn Lawrence .... floor runner
Jane Levy .... assistant: Mr. Nichols
Sara Levy .... floor runner
Sandrine Loisy .... stand-in: Natalie Portman
Dana Mayer .... assistant choreographer
Lisa Medwid .... assistant: Mr. Calley
Jon Miller .... assistant accountant
Tariq Mirza .... production legal
Steve Morphew .... stand-in: Jude Law
Heather Noble .... assistant coordinator
Vanraaj Padhaal .... production assistant
Vincent Paterson .... choreographer
Geraldine Patten .... assistant: Ms. Costas
Nancy A. Pavia .... production assistant
David Pinkus .... production assistant: crowd
Donald Rice .... production assistant
Patsy Rodenburg .... dialogue coach: Ms. Portman
Christina I. Rodriguez .... set production assistant: New York
Paul Sacks .... set production assistant
Christopher T. Sadler .... assistant to cast
Nick Saunders .... office production assistant
Adelaide Scardino .... assistant: Mr. Brokaw
Rob Seager .... assistant accountant
Lorna Struthers .... production secretary
Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi .... assistant: Mr. Nichols
Eileen Yip .... production assistant
Jennifer Zolten Freed .... post-production accountant (uncredited)
Andrew S. Kahn .... assistant: Scott Rudin (uncredited)
Darren O'Connell .... floor runner: dailies (uncredited)
James Windeler .... production assistant (uncredited)

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Rated R for sequences of graphic sexual dialogue, nudity/sexuality and language
104 min | Turkey:98 min (TV version)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

In 2006, both Clive Owen and Natalie Portman appeared in films about future dystopia's in Britain. V for Vendetta (2005) (Portman) and Children of Men (2006) (Owen).See more »
Continuity: In the Park which Dan and Alice walk through at start of film scaffolding with plastic covering can be seen in the background. At the end of the film when Dan is there the same scaffolding can still be seen even though 4 years have passed.See more »
[first lines]
Alice:Hello, stranger.
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Movie Connections:
La CenerentolaSee more »


Is this film based on a novel?
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594 out of 784 people found the following review useful.
Very good, 5 December 2004
Author: ShannonAmidala

I've been hearing lots of negativity about this movie. I think a lot of people have been shocked, frankly, by the raw and rough nature of the film. Having read the play, I've been looking forward to it for about a year now, and it's honestly one of the best plays I've ever read. Mike Nichols presents it in an amazing way, very faithful to the words as they're written (and they should be, for the movie is also written by the man who wrote the play, the brilliant Patrick Marber).

It's a brutal topic, sex and love, especially when they're combined. I thought the movie was amazing. It captured all of the vulnerability, caustic harshness, and acerbic flirtation that the play vibrated with. All of the cast brought the movie alive. It uplifts and then brings you way down, but that's the point, and yet at the end, I didn't feel depressed or saddened, just really really awake and curious. It's the feeling you get when you get "closer", I suppose.

Natalie Portman, in a tour-de-force performance, is the standout by far. Maybe it's because she's the youngest, and not expected to be that awesome, but she is. Anyways, her Alice is flirty and sweet, caustic and manipulative, evasive and yet very open, sexual and gloomy all in one character. She has the best chemistry with the men - whether it be purely sensual with Clive Owen, or innocence and affection with Jude Law. She comes alive with the two guys, and their scenes are ones to look forward to.

Julia Roberts, whom everyone looks towards, is not bad in this film. She's very understated and good, but she is outshone in nearly every scene by whomever she's acting with.

Clive Owen is absolutely astounding, and he's definitely on everyone's radar screen. As the man of experience and "simplicity", as Jude Law's character comments, he's brash and hotheaded, but also extremely clever. Owen perfectly plays the sleazy, unlikeable character, but somehow manages to appeal to the audience and even though he's a disagreeable character, I think many managed to find something all right about him - Owen's human sense in Larry.

Jude Law is simply very very good; neither astounding nor bad. The only reason he does not stand out is the fact that we've all expected him to do a good performance. And he does, he has a great performance. He and Portman have amazing scenes together, and he's always on par.

Simply put, the movie is not for everyone (especially not for seeing with a parent or young child); it's a mature adult flick, and does not back down from anything. It's high drama - with all the uplifting romance and brutal arguments of relationships. It's a story about people.

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