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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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Drama | Romance

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

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5 February 2010 (USA)  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$9,166,863 (USA) (16 April 2010)
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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 »

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Jim crashes a 1963 Rambler Classic station wagon, with a different grille and tail lights than the 1962 model. The 1963 model would not have been available in April 1962. 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 Sover Dolly på ryggen? (2012) See more »

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Stormy Weather
(1933)
Written by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler
Performed by Etta James
Courtesy of Geffen Records under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Isherwood, Ford and Firth, not necessarily in that order
14 September 2009 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

A startling surprise. Tom Ford's debut as a director tells, in exquisite images, a very personal story, based on a short story by Christopher Isherwood. What makes everything fly so high is a fantastic performance by Colin Firth. I've followed Colin Firth career from the very beginning "Tumbledown", "Another Country", "Apartment Zero" where he creates a character never seen on the screen before or since, "Pride and Prejudice" where he reinvented D'Arcy's character, "Fever Pitch" where he showed a new face in riveting tragicomic strokes. So I should have been prepared for something new and special and maybe I was but the effect his performance in "A Single Man" had on me was (is) totally unexpected. It changed my perception of things, it made me look inwards and think of things I had put aside. I can't wait to see it again. I saw the look of love and that look remains knocking in my mind as if to keep me awake and aware. Tom Ford takes enormous visual risks in the telling of his story. It may work for some, some others will certainly dismiss or ridicule. I, for one, stand up and applaud.


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