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Metropolitan (1990)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 3 August 1990 (USA)
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A group of young upper-class Manhattanites are blithely passing through the gala debutante season, when an unusual outsider joins them and stirs them up.

Director:

Whit Stillman

Writer:

Whit Stillman
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Carolyn Farina Carolyn Farina ... Audrey Rouget
Edward Clements Edward Clements ... Tom Townsend
Chris Eigeman ... Nick Smith (as Christopher Eigeman)
Taylor Nichols ... Charlie Black
Allison Parisi Allison Parisi ... Jane Clarke
Dylan Hundley ... Sally Fowler
Isabel Gillies ... Cynthia McLean
Bryan Leder Bryan Leder ... Fred Neff
Will Kempe ... Rick Von Sloneker
Ellia Thompson Ellia Thompson ... Serena Slocum (as Elizabeth Thompson)
Stephen Uys Stephen Uys ... Victor Lemley
Roger W. Kirby Roger W. Kirby ... Man at Bar
Alice Connorton Alice Connorton ... Mrs. Townsend
Linda Gillies Linda Gillies ... Mrs. Rouget
John Lynch John Lynch ... Allen Green (as John Lynch)
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Storyline

In an apartment on Manhattan a couple of friends from the New York upper-class meet almost every night to talk about social mobility, play bridge and discuss Fourier's socialism; the cynic Nick, the philosophical Charlie, party girl Sally and austenite Audrey. They are joined by Tom. His background is much simpler and he is critical of their way of life. But he finds a soul mate in Audrey, who without his knowledge falls in love with him. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Finally... A film about the downwardly mobile.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 August 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Metropolitan See more »

Filming Locations:

Cornwall, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$225,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,938,208
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Linda Gillies who played Audrey's mother is in real life the mother of Isabel Gillies who played Cynthia McLean. Linda got the role as Mrs. Rouget after Whit Stillman saw her during her visit on the set with her daughter and thought she looked motherly. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mrs. Rouget: You can't listen to what your younger brother has to say. I can't think of anyone less an authority of female anatomy.
Audrey Rouget: He can see... It's hideous.
Mrs. Rouget: No, it isn't. You're being very subjective. You know, there was a survey of girls your age some years ago and nearly all of them were convinced that either their behinds, or their noses, were grotesquely oversized. And there was no apparent correlation between this conviction and their actual size.
Audrey Rouget: Really? They did a survey of that?
Mrs. Rouget: Yes....
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References The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972) See more »

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Of Austen, debs, Fourier, games, and the allure of Serena Slocum
8 February 1999 | by pooch-8See all my reviews

Centering on the lives of wealthy, well-educated young women "coming out" as debutantes and on the equally wealthy, well-educated young men who attend deb parties as the girls' escorts, Whit Stillman's feature directing debut sparkles with incredible dialogue that always wavers between savage wit and heartfelt poignancy. Few who have seen the picture will forget its hilarious dissections of New York social classes, its elegant sense of vocabulary, or its caustic self-awareness. The thing I enjoy the most about Metropolitan (and the two subsequent films Stillman has made), however, is the verisimilitude with which the characters are rendered. I grew up far from the money and privilege of Metropolitan's inhabitants, but I could so easily relate to their fears, desires, and insecurities -- because Stillman never forgets to keep these kids human.


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