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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mrs. Strunk
Mr. Strunk
Paul Butler ...
Christopher Strunk
Tom Strunk
Aline Weber ...
Blonde Secretary
Other Secretary #1
Other Secretary #2


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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Drama | Romance

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  »

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Box Office


$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$217,332, 13 December 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$9,166,863, 18 April 2010
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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The scenes set at the college where George teaches were filmed on the campus of the former Ambassador College in Pasadena. Ambassador College was founded during the 1940s by then-famous radio preacher Herbert W. Armstrong, to groom students for lives of service to their churches. Throughout the 1960s and '70s, campuses opened in Texas and the UK. By 1990, enrollment had fallen so much that the Pasadena campus closed; the rest closed by 1997. Since 1990, the former Ambassador Pasadena campus has also been used for high school classes and church services. It has also been the subject of a long-stymied mixed-use apartment and commercial development attempt called "Westgate Pasadena." See more »


In several shots, a pinkish, non-reflective coating appears on Falconer's glasses. Such coatings were not available in 1962. See more »


George: Let's leave the Jews out of this just for a moment and think of another minority, one that can go unnoticed if it has to.
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Referenced in Hjelp, vi er i filmbransjen (2011) See more »


Scène d'Amour
Written by Bernard Herrmann
[from Vertigo (1958)]
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The Power Of Love
18 September 2009 | by See all my reviews

A stunning outing for Tom Ford. The images are, clearly, out of an aesthete's mind without being shallow, ever. I believe there is a dramatic reason behind every frame. Colin Firth, looking truly handsome, goes through a day of torment with remarkable civility. I felt involved and shaken and couldn't help but make mine his pain. The flashbacks with Matthew Goode are truly vivid and truthful. This is a step forward in explaining through images that love is love no matter who you are, where you come from or what your circumstances are. It could have been a man and a woman, the fact that it's a man and a man is almost irrelevant. We recognize the feel of it and Colin Firth's performance is the magic stroke that makes that not only possible but natural. It is a sensational debut for fashion star Tom Ford. True to himself an artist that promises great, wonderful things for the future. I can't wait.

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