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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.

Director:

Luis Mandoki

Writers:

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

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

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

The picture was promoted as being "the story of a younger man, and a bolder woman" with the word "bolder" being a play on words as Susan Sarandon's Nora Baker character is "older" to James Spader's Max Baron character. See more »

Goofs

In the beginning of the movie, when Max drives Nora home from the bar where they met, he makes a 180 turn from the place on the street where he had parked but this is before Nora tells him how to get to where she lives. How could Max have known that he had to turn around from the parking spot to head toward Nora's house? See more »

Quotes

Nora: [talking at bar] Do you swim?
Max: What was that?
Nora: I mean are you a swimmer? You're not real muscular but you're strong am I right?
Max: You're drunk.
[grins back at her]
Nora: yeah, soon I will be falling all over you.
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Connections

References Some Like It Hot (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

O Mio Babbino Caro
(Aria from the Opera "Gianni Schicchi")
Performed by The Münchner Rundfunkorchester
Conducted by Kurt Eichhorn (as Karl Eichhorn)
Soprano by Lucia Popp
Courtesy of Acanta Records/Sounds of Film, Ltd.
Written by Giacomo Puccini
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Sarandon, as usual never disappoints
29 December 2000 | by jertobSee all my reviews

Truth to tell I only watched this movie recently because I consider Susan Sarandon one of our finest actors. Also, I'm going add, one of our sexiest actors too. Ms. Sarandon gets the most from this role by underplaying the part with most of her interpretation deriving from her facial expressions. And, I have to admit, that if she can excite a 70 year-old man with her sexual magnetism as she did me, she has it all over some of the so-called younger sexy actresses. There was one scene that bothered me though, the Thanksgiving dinner scene where Spader's Jewish family is depicted as shallow and bigoted, something like Woody Allen's family in one of his films. Also, why the director ended the picture with that hokey table-top nonsense in a crowded restaurant is beyond understanding. It detracted from the reality of the film.


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