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A Single Man (2009)

R  |   |  Drama  |  5 February 2010 (USA)
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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

5 February 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Samac  »

Box Office


$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$217,332 (USA) (11 December 2009)


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

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While reading on the couch, Jim shows that he is reading 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' by Truman Capote. Cast member Lee Pace appeared in Infamous (2006), which chronicles Capote's life during the writing of In Cold Blood. See more »


Although George spends several minutes deciding how best to off himself, the clock on the bedside table remains unchanged. See more »


George: If one is not enjoying one's present, there isn't a great deal to suggest that the future should be any better.
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Scène d'Amour
Written by Bernard Herrmann
[from Vertigo (1958)]
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This is a powerful movie revolving around a remarkable performance by Colin Firth
24 January 2010 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I have never cried so quickly in a movie. Literally, I was ten minutes into the film and my eyes began welling up. It's a beautiful and gut-wrenching love story, with a surprising yet bittersweet ending. Yes, this film is not a "happy-feel-good" production, and, yes, you may very well leave the theatre pondering the validity of the relationships in your own life, but that's the point. When you get past the "artsy" cinematography, in essence, it is a story of love, loss and self-reliance that we call all relate to. This film is certainly not for those who enjoy the action and adrenaline packed blockbusters of the recent past. But if you are in the mood for a thought-provoking and dramatic plot-line, sprinkled with the brilliance of Colin Firth and his co-stars, and a rather large pinch of Tom Ford, you will not regret it.

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