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Solitary Man (2009)

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A car magnate watches his personal and professional life hit the skids because of his business and romantic indiscretions.


2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Hartofilias
Carol Salomonde
Nurse (as Simona Levin Williams)


Ben Kalman is aging: he has heart problems, his marriage is over, he's lost a fortune after being caught cutting corners in his East Coast car business, and he's sleeping with as many women as possible - the younger the better. He's chosen his current girlfriend, Jordan, because her father can help him get a new auto dealership; she's asked him to escort her daughter, Allyson, 18, on a visit to a Boston college campus. He behaves badly, and there are consequences to his love life, his finances, and his relationship with his daughter and grandson. Is there anywhere he can turn? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Ben loves his family almost as much as he loves himself


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

25 June 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El hombre solitario  »

Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$94,936 (USA) (21 May 2010)


$4,360,548 (USA) (2 October 2010)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Michael Douglas and Danny Devito were roommates in New York in the 1960s. See more »


Jimmy Merino: When my father gave me this place years ago, I used to dream about these girls. Every night, dreams, all kinds of dreams about 'em. But then I'd see them coming back after graduation. They'd come to homecomings, ballgames. They'd sit at the same tables, eat the same food. And I'd look at them and I noticed, they don't stay like this. None of 'em. They put on years and pounds and wrinkles. And I got one like that at home. So. And we can talk to each other. I know her and I'll always know her.
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Lord, Iam Discoured
Written by Craig Finn and Tad Kubler
Performed by The Hold Steady
Published by Muy lnteresante Music/Key Hits Music/State One Songs America (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Vagrant Records
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Stellar cast
21 April 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Solitary Man hit home for me in a few ways. First of all, the stellar cast was in fact...stellar. Michael Douglas is in top form with a role he's familiar with on screen. Michael's character grows on us as a wise, go-get tum, never-mind-the-bollix attitude that we love to see in ourselves. Deep down however, it's apparent he's reaching for his youth. He befriends a young character (Jesse Eisenberg) advising him about college, love and zest for life, but when things begin to fall apart in his own life, he's forced himself to finally make a decision to face the challenges of his own not so youthful life. Only Michael Douglas could pull this off IMHO. He carries his character in such a way that we still care about him, even after his rather devious actions. The film really could be considered a vehicle for Michael, being in almost every scene, yet there stands Danny DeVito, Susan Sarandon, Marie Louise Parker, Jesse Eisenberg, etc to support this fine film.

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