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A Single Man (2009)

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An English professor, one year after the sudden death of his boyfriend, is unable to cope with his typical days in 1960s Los Angeles.

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It's November 30, 1962. Native Brit George Falconer, an English professor at a Los Angeles area college, is finding it difficult to cope with life. Jim, his personal partner of sixteen years, died in a car accident eight months earlier when he was visiting with family. Jim's family were not going to tell George of the death or accident, let alone allow him to attend the funeral. This day, George has decided to get his affairs in order before he will commit suicide that evening. As he routinely and fastidiously prepares for the suicide and post suicide, George reminisces about his life with Jim. But George spends this day with various people, who see a man sadder than usual and who affect his own thoughts about what he is going to do. Those people include Carlos, a Spanish immigrant/aspiring actor/gigolo recently arrived in Los Angeles; Charley, his best friend who he knew from England, she who is a drama queen of a woman who romantically desires her best friend despite his sexual ... Written by Huggo

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professor | friend | class | accident | suicide | See more »

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Rated R for some disturbing images and nudity/sexual content | See all certifications »

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17 December 2009 (Israel)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£502,009 (UK) (12 February 2010)

Gross:

$9,166,863 (USA) (16 April 2010)
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Trivia

Several times, George and other characters refer to their "invisibility" as a minority (in their cases, as gay men in early 1960s American society). George is referring here to the concept of social "invisibility" of black people put forth by Ralph Ellison in his classic novel 'The Invisible Man', which was first published about ten years before the events of this movie take place. See more »

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Most of the phones shown have modular RJ11 type connectors for the handsets which were not introduced until the mid 1970s. Phones of this era would have had heavier hardwired handset cords. See more »

Quotes

Jim: Do you ever just live in the moment? It's like now, what could be better than being tucked here with you?... I mean, if I died right now it would be OK.
George: Well it wouldn't be OK with me, so why don't you just shut up and go and change the record.
Jim: Good answer.
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Referenced in The 83rd Annual Academy Awards (2011) See more »

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Ebben? Ne andro lontana' from 'La Wally'
Written by Alfredo Catalani
Performed by Miriam Gauci
Courtesy of Naxos by arrangement with Source/Q
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A genuinely pleasant surprise
21 November 2009 | by (Los Angeles, Ca.) – See all my reviews

I loved Isherwood's novel (it's a novel, not a short story as a previous poster claimed) ever since it appeared back in 1964, to scathing reviews. Gay love wasn't taken seriously back then. Stonewall was five years away. But Isherwood was always his own man. Over the years I've mentioned the book to gay filmmakers, several of whom knew it and liked it. But all were chary of adapting a stream-of-consciousness narrative to the screen. That Tom Ford (of all people) has taken it on and done so well by it is rather astonishing. Yes, being the Fashion God that he is the film looks lovely. But it isn't all "look." Ford really understands what Isherwood was driving at. And while casting an actor as great as Colin Firth is a logical production decision, knowing what to do with him requires real talent. And Ford has talent by the ton. Matthew Goode is lovely. Nicholas Hoult a real surprise -- especially if you know him only for "About a Boy." And Julianne Moore is perfect as always. So much better (and more important) than "Brokeback Mountain."


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