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White Palace (1990)

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Still getting over the death of his wife, a young advertising executive meets an older waitress, a woman that might set him free.

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Luis Mandoki

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Glenn Savan (novel), Ted Tally (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Susan Sarandon ... Nora Baker
James Spader ... Max Baron
Jason Alexander ... Neil
Kathy Bates ... Rosemary
Eileen Brennan ... Judy
Steven Hill ... Sol Horowitz
Rachel Chagall Rachel Chagall ... Rachel (as Rachel Levin)
Corey Parker ... Larry Klugman
Renée Taylor ... Edith Baron (as Renee Taylor)
Jonathan Penner ... Marv Miller
Barbara Howard Barbara Howard ... Sherri Klugman
Kim Myers ... Heidi Solomon (as Kim Meyers)
Hildy Brooks Hildy Brooks ... Ella Horowitz
Mitzi McCall ... Sophie Rosen
K.C. Carr K.C. Carr ... Stripper
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Storyline

Max Baron (James Spader) is a 27-year-old high-flying advertising executive still recovering from the death of his wife. One night he is in a bar when he meets Nora Baker (Susan Sarandon), a 43-year-old waitress with a fixation on Marilyn Monroe. The couple gradually fall in love, though age and social differences mean that the path of true love is strewn with problems. Written by Matt <matt@measham.force9.net>

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The story of a younger man, and a bolder woman.

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Drama | Romance

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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 October 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The White Castle See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$17,487,531
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Robert Downey Jr. was considered for the role of Max Baron and even screen tested with Susan Sarandon. See more »

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After Max leaves the bachelor party at the beginning in his Volvo he is alone in the car. But in a drive by shot there is clearly someone sitting in the front passenger seat. See more »

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Max: There's no dust in her Dust Buster!
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Unlikely but hopeful romance
4 September 2002 | by budikavlanSee all my reviews

It was interesting to me that it was more of a problem that she was such a slob than that she was significantly older than him. If anyone can carry off a believable and appealing older woman/younger man romance to a mass audience, it's Susan Sarandon. No other actress combines her ripe, open sexuality with such an accessible and self-assured personality. She makes sexiness respectable. James Spader does less well, not so much because of a faulty performance, but because he seems unable to break through a preternatural reserve. It served him well in "Sex, Lies and Videotape" but a little more emotionality is called for here. The sex scene when he is writhing in the throes of passion and finds a half-eaten sandwich under the bed is hilarious, not to mention the pivotal scene when he gives her a dustbuster as a gift. The future for this couple might seem unlikely, but I don't think it's any less likely than that of most movie lovers.


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