The Dying Gaul (I) (2005)

R  |   |  Drama  |  January 2005 (USA)
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A grief-stricken screenwriter unknowingly enters a three-way relationship with a woman and her film executive husband - to chilling results.



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The gay screenwriter Robert, who is grieving the recent loss of his lover, writes a screenplay based on his biography and tries to sell it to the Hollywood producer Jeffrey. He offers one million dollars for his work, provided changes in the story replacing the dying man per a woman to make a commercial film. Jeffrey shows the screenplay to his wife Elaine, who loves to write and to plant flowers, and she is also delighted with the story. Robert works introducing the required modifications and Jeffrey, who is bisexual, has an affair with him. Meanwhile Elaine finds the gay website where Robert writes and she creates a fake profile to have conversation with him pretending that she is his deceased lover. Soon she learns the affair of her husband and she decides to leave him. But when the gay Robert discovers the truth, he has a breakdown and takes vengeance for Elaine with tragic consequences. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated R for strong sexual content and language | See all certifications »


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January 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kuoleva gallialainen  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)

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$53,944 (USA) (4 November 2005)


$342,297 (USA) (20 January 2006)

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The film is dedicated to writer/director Craig Lucas's best friend, playwright Tony Kushner. See more »


[as he hugs Robert]
Jeffrey: You are very handsome. And I'm getting a little turned on. Are you?
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References Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989) See more »

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Darkest Dark Or Maybe Darker
10 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Hollywood is always a sinister setting, even for a comedy and "The Dying Gaul" is no exception. I don't intend to divulge the ins and outs of the story because that should be your job, but I feel compelled to talk about it because it kind of stacked all over me like some kind of alien jelly. I always loved Campbell Scott and I suspect I always will. He plays the devil - The "I'll give you a million bucks if you abandon completely yourself, your principles, your loyalties" - kind of devil - He is married to the splendid Patricia Clarkson ( part Meryl Streep part Wayland Flower's Madame) and the object of his temptation is Peter Sarsgaard, one of the best creepiest actors ever to appear on film. It may be a personal thing but he gives me the willies. The film is an uncomfortable journey through a strangely familiar landscape that becomes darker and darker. I will take my chances and recommend it.

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