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Closer (2004)

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The relationships of two couples become complicated and deceitful when the man from one couple meets the woman of the other.


Mike Nichols


Patrick Marber (play), Patrick Marber (screenplay)
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 22 wins & 48 nominations. See more awards »





Complete credited cast:
Natalie Portman ... Alice
Jude Law ... Dan
Julia Roberts ... Anna
Clive Owen ... Larry
Nick Hobbs ... Taxi Driver
Colin Stinton ... Customs Officer


Smart-but-ineffectual journalist Dan "We use euphemisms!" cannot decide between his girlfriend, loving-but-clingy waitress Alice, or his lover cold-but-intellectual photographer Anna; herself indecisive between Dan and honest-but-thuggish "You're bloody gorgeous!" doctor Larry. The film puts the four leading characters in a box and strips them apart. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Those who love at first sight are traitors at every glance. (Italy) See more »


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sequences of graphic sexual dialogue, nudity/sexuality and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


The original Broadway production of "Closer" by Patrick Marber opened at the Music Box Theater in New York on March 15, 1999. Cast was: Anna Friel as Alice, Rupert Graves as Dan, Ciarán Hinds as Larry, and Natasha Richardson as Anna. This ran for 172 performances and was nominated for the 1999 Tony Award for the Best Play. Marber also wrote the screenplay for this filmed production. See more »


at the end of the conversation in Larry's office he re-papers the examination table in preparation for his next patient. but all during the conversation it could be seen the table was already papered. it is never show or heard that Larry removed that paper. See more »


[first lines]
Alice: Hello, stranger.
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Dammi un bacio, o mio tesoro
from "Così fan tutte"
Performed by Renée Fleming, Anne Sofie von Otter, Frank Lopardo, Olaf Bär,
Michele Pertusi, Adelina Scarabelli and Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Conducted by Georg Solti (as Sir Georg Solti)
Courtesy of Decca Music Group Limited and Universal Classics Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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The three years of my divorce wrapped into two hours
3 December 2004 | by The DaviiSee all my reviews

While I thought the characters were interesting, I found it very difficult to watch, as my own marriage disintegrated in a fashion too familiar to these characters. The lies, the half-truths, the inability to distinguish truth from lie after being told so many lies. I could completely relate to the characters in this movie.

Though I could laugh with it, it was nevertheless painful to watch. I couldn't recommend this movie to anyone except my ex-. Even then, I have trouble believing she's understand any part of it.

This particular film was more like a documentary shot without the shaky hand-held camera. But, like the still photographs the movie mocks as being false, Closer allows only glimpses of the truth behind the myriad lies.

I want to be entertained at a movie and I cannot think of a single person to whom I'd recommend this movie. It was very well acted, scripted, and executed on all parts. But it was more painful than pleasant or enlightening.

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Official Sites:

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Release Date:

3 December 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,707,972, 5 December 2004

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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