Closer (2004) Poster

(I) (2004)


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At the beginning of filming, Natalie Portman gave 'Julia Roberts' a necklace that said "cunt" in honor of their characters' foul mouths. At the end of filming, Julia Roberts gave Natalie Portman a necklace that said "lil' cunt".
Anna's exhibition is the only time all four characters are in the same room.
The role of Alice was set to be Eva Green's Hollywood movie debut, but she dropped out at the last minute.
Cate Blanchett was originally signed to play the role of Anna, but due to her second pregnancy she had to drop out of the film.
A segment of dialog from the movie was used for the titles of two Panic! at the Disco songs: "Lying is the Most Fun A Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off" and "But It's Better If You Do."
Clive Owen played the role of Dan in the original stage production.
The park Dan and Alice walk through is Postman's Park in London, near St Paul's Cathedral.
Damien Rice, who sings the song "Blower's Daughter" on the film's soundtrack, Recorded a song for the movie also called "Closer" - but the song wasn't finished in time for the movies release. Another Rice song "Cold Water" can be heard in the film when Alice and Dan are walking around London after leaving the hospital.
The trailer includes several things that are not in the film.
  • different lighting when Anna and Dan kiss

  • shots of the driver of the car that hits Alice

  • a shot of Larry and Anna getting dressed

  • Larry telling Alice, "You women don't understand the territory, because you are the territory"

  • Anna asking Dan, "Why did you swear eternal love when all you wanted was excitement? Love bores you." Dan responds, "No, it disappoints me."

The photograph of an elderly couple which appears before Alice is photographed by Anna, and which appears also in Anna's exhibition, is a photograph of British philosophers Peter Geach and G. E. M. Anscombe.
In the trailer, Larry says, "I love you, I love everything about you" and it appears as if he's talking to Anna. But in the movie, he actually speaks this line to Alice when she is stripping for him.
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.
When we last see her in bed, Julia Roberts' character, Anna, is reading Private Eye.
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).
2nd time Jude Law and Natalie Portman were together on screen. 1st was their small scene in Cold Mountain (2003).
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The film cast includes two Oscar winners: Julia Roberts and Natalie Portman and two Oscar nominees: Jude Law and Clive Owen.
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The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

The film stays very true to the original play upon which it is based, with one major exception. The play closed with Dan and Anna speaking briefly on a park bench, several years after Alice and Dan's breakup. Dan tells her that Alice had been hit by a car in New York City and had died, and that he was the only one authorities could find to identify her body. However, the film closes showing Alice alive, well and confidently walking the streets of Manhattan--BUT, the very last shot as she's walking across a road in Manhattan is a pan/tilt up to a red "DON'T WALK" signal, thus hinting that her fate as in the play will be fulfilled.

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