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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

Certificate:

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

Although the characters of Nora and Max have a sixteen year age difference, in reality, Susan Sarandon and James Spader only have a fourteen year age difference. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Nora: Honey, I got everything you need.
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Featured in At the Movies: Breakthrough Stars of 1992 (1992) See more »

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Toe Curling Passion!
26 June 2001 | by foolisheweSee all my reviews

White palace has a great sexual dynamic, clearly Susan Sarandon's character (Nora Baker) is a sexually charged self confident woman who is at least 10 years or so older than James Spader's character (Max Baron). This movie shows how deep attraction and passion can change people's lives (perhaps for the better) and overcome class/personality and age differences.

The first and perhaps most noticeable aspect is one of the hottest and more believable seduction scenes in a movie, where Nora shows a raw animal passion for Max rarely shown in movies (and when it is is shown in an unfavorable light, e.g. Single White Female). Susan Sarandon pulls off this challenging scene with great passion AND dignity.

The May/December romance with the older lady is shown in a healthy light (not like say The Graduate).

But more important than the age dynamic, is the deep attraction between Nora and Max, which goes strongly across traditional cultural differences. Max is a compulsively organized widower, neat and decidedly upper-middle/upper class. Nora is more impulsive, living a less ordered existence and is lower/lower middle class. Max has conditional love for Nora, trying to change her (unintentionally acting judgemental?) by trying to help her out (e.g. buying her cleaning supplies as a "gift"). Nora teaches Max about life, and passion. This movie has a much more interesting love story than say "Pretty Woman".


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