MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 1,109 this week

The Dying Gaul (I) (2005)

R  |   |  Drama  |  January 2005 (USA)
6.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.6/10 from 2,097 users   Metascore: 62/100
Reviews: 57 user | 43 critic | 23 from Metacritic.com

A grief-stricken screenwriter unknowingly enters a three-way relationship with a woman and her film executive husband - to chilling results.

Director:

Writer:

(screenplay)
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 46 titles
created 03 Dec 2011
 
a list of 24 titles
created 29 Jun 2012
 
a list of 34 titles
created 05 Apr 2013
 
a list of 3177 titles
created 18 Oct 2013
 
a list of 40 titles
created 9 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Dying Gaul" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Dying Gaul (2005)

The Dying Gaul (2005) on IMDb 6.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Dying Gaul.
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Housebound (2000)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

A woman rents her bungalow to a man who loves cooking, but according to her distorted mind he uses his knives more than he should.

Director: Mari Kornhauser
Stars: Katharina Wressnig, Peter Sarsgaard, Angeline Ball
High Falls (2007)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

During a weekend at a country home, a man and his pregnant wife tell their secrets to their best friend, jeopardizing their relationship.

Director: Andrew Zuckerman
Stars: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Peter Sarsgaard
Adventure | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Based on Michael Chabon's novel, the film chronicles the defining summer of a recent college graduate who crosses his gangster father and explores love, sexuality, and the enigmas surrounding his life and his city.

Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber
Stars: Jon Foster, Peter Sarsgaard, Sienna Miller
Year of the Dog I (2007)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A secretary's life changes in unexpected ways after her dog dies.

Director: Mike White
Stars: Molly Shannon, John C. Reilly, Peter Sarsgaard
Desert Blue (1998)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

An academic obsessed with "roadside attractions" and his tv-star daughter finally discover the world's largest ice cream cone, the centerpiece for an old gold-rush town struggling to stay ... See full summary »

Director: Morgan J. Freeman
Stars: Casey Affleck, Brendan Sexton III, Kate Hudson
Musical | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  

A young journalist, David Katz, who writes for a hip-hop magazine called "Mic Check", starts following a music mogul around as part of a story and over time incorrectly starts to think he ... See full summary »

Director: Damon Dash
Stars: Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Robert Stapleton, Capone Lee
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

Set in California the story traces the intense summer romance between middle-class Katie (Megan Wilson) and cute and very cool juvenile delinquent Boyd (Brian Vaughan).

Director: Dani Minnick
Stars: Brian Vaughan, Megan Wilson, Elizabeth Ruscio
Drama | Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

After her husband unexpectedly leaves her, Grace Beasley (Kathy Bates) spontaneously travels to Great Britain to attend the funeral of Victor Fox, a singer she adored. There, she meets the ... See full summary »

Director: P.J. Hogan
Stars: Kathy Bates, Rupert Everett, Meredith Eaton
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A wealthy American Quaker woman rebels and marries a French baron for love. A plan to start a Parisian salon with a distinctively democratic air brings conflict with her new surroundings ... See full summary »

Director: Michael MacKenzie
Stars: Patricia Clarkson, Caroline Dhavernas, Colm Feore
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

An introspective dentist's suspicions about his wife's infidelity stresses his mental well being and family life to the breaking point.

Director: Alan Rudolph
Stars: Campbell Scott, Hope Davis, Denis Leary
Comedy | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Director: Ruedi Gerber
Stars: Chelsea Altman, Patricia Clarkson, Diane Venora
The Dying Gaul II (2005)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

A vicious entertainment executive convinces a poor, down and out writer to sell his script and sacrifice his principles for a paycheck.

Director: Brian Huckeba
Stars: Michael Buster, Aric Cushing
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
...
Elaine
...
Jeffrey
...
Robert
Ryan Miller ...
Max
...
Debbon
...
Bella
...
Olaf
...
Liz
...
Emad
...
Kelli
...
Male Guest
...
Malcolm
...
Dr. Foss
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

lover | hollywood | sex | screenplay | gay | See All (146) »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

January 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kuoleva gallialainen  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$342,297 (USA) (20 January 2006)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Ontario)

Sound Mix:

|

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Quotes

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

Connections

References Day for Night (1973) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Interesting, watchable, and maddening
2 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I enjoyed this film, up to a point- and that point was almost exactly the half way mark, where the writer director chose to go the maudlin implausible route instead of sticking with what he had, which was wonderful.

To have three characters in conflict and resolve it without any fancy plot device would have been truly courageous, but sadly what started out so lovely descended into melodrama and tedium.

That being said, Craig Lucas is clearly a talent to watch, he did a marvelous job with the actors- particularly Peter Skaarsgard, who does wonderful work, and the script is smart and even touching in places.

Campbell Scott seemed miscast to me, wooden and distant at places but oddly brazen in others. I can't imagine a married studio executive actually touching and almost kissing a writer ON THE LOT. I found myself imagining what other actors would have done with the role, never a good sign. But then again, he was one of the producers, so Mr. Lucas had his hands tied.

All in all, the first act was so promising that I was angered by the way Lucas decided to end it.


14 of 22 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Big flaw in the movie- 1995 Anachronism Preraphaelite-1
How can you all feel sorry for Robert? dizzymissus_26
Question about the ending... alan-murray-b
Why Brokeback Mountain??? RLONEILL
The crying during intimacy thing? mikenj30
How explicit is the sex Dannyramone86
Discuss The Dying Gaul (2005) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?