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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Annabel Kershaw ...
Sheila Paterson ...
Mrs. Walsh
Elijah St. Germain ...
Little Charlie
Terence Kelly ...
Dr. Anderson
Alvin Walters
Rebecca Codling ...
Photo Store Clerk
John O'Brien
Dolores Drake ...
Cinema Cashier
Malcolm Boddington ...
Well-Tailored Man


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 <>

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


Crime | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

28 March 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Marriage  »

Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Richard Langley: I'm not at all certain that one can build happiness upon the unhappiness of someone else
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Features Martin Kane (1949) See more »


I Can't Give You Anything But Love
Written by Dorothy Fields and Jimmy McHugh
Performed by Doris Day
Courtesy of Soundies. Inc.
By Arrangement with DePUGH MUSIC
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Witty, Wise, Wonderful
6 March 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

With Married Life, director Ira Sachs has pulled off a cinematic hat trick of the highest order. This marvelous new movie manages to be at once droll comedy, gripping suspense drama, and stylish 1940s period piece. As light-hearted film noir, it leaves the viewer guessing from start to finish. Sex! Murder! Intrigue! What next? At the same time, Married Life boasts engaging, emotionally truthful performances -- particularly from Cooper and Clarkson -- that linger in the mind long after the closing credits.

Go see this film--or regret it for your entire (married or unmarried) life!

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