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Married Life (2007)

PG-13 | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 28 March 2008 (USA)
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A 1940s-set drama where an adulterous man plots his wife's death instead of putting her through the humiliation of a divorce.

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Mrs. Walsh
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Little Charlie
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Dr. Anderson
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Alvin Walters
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John O'Brien
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Cinema Cashier
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Well-Tailored Man
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Storyline

The late 1940s. Richard Langley, a bachelor playboy, narrates a story that starts when his best friend, Harry Allen, invites him to lunch to tell Richard he's in love. Trouble is, Harry's already married to Pat; he worries Pat would be hurt too deeply by a divorce. Then, Harry's new love, Kay, joins them. Richard is smitten, so when he finds out that Pat may be in love with someone else but won't tell Harry because she fears he would be too hurt, Richard can't decide if he should let all the cats out of the bag. He'd unite pairs of lovers, but he'd lose Kay. Meanwhile, Harry decides that a swift end to Pat's life would be more kind than divorcing her. He buys poison. Murder will out? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Do you know what really goes on in the mind of the person with whom you sleep?

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Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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28 March 2008 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$55,851 (USA) (7 March 2008)

Gross:

$1,506,998 (USA) (27 June 2008)
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Goofs

Harry attempts to call home from a Restaurant; instead of getting a connection or a busy signal, he get's an "out-of-order" chirp. He dials "O" and tells the Operator that his home phone is O.O.O., he gives her a five digit number, then looks in the phone book and finds his next-door neighbor who of course has the traditional "Waddington 1234" number" used in 1949. See more »

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Richard Langley: I'm not at all certain that one can build happiness upon the unhappiness of someone else
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Features Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951) See more »

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Written by Jim Blake
Performed by Jim Blake
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Totally Disagree with "Straight to Betamax"
4 March 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Saw this last night at the premiere, and "Straight to Betamax" could not be more wrong. This is actually the first intelligent, smart and wonderfully acted film of the year, and both Patricia Clarkson and Chris Cooper give wonderful performances in a story which is intriguingly told and compellingly filmed.

I will agree with a few others that Pierce Brosnan seems a bit miscast in this picture, but not to the point that it ruins the film. Additionally, some of Rachel McAdams' dialogue seems a bit out of place for a character like her's during the period in which this story is set (it is supposed to take place in 1949), but she gives a great performance overall and her character is, for the most part (other than a few bad bits of out of place dialogue) fairly believable.

But Cooper and Clarkson are really wonderful in this film and Ira Sachs and company have done a terrific job with this story. Bravo.


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