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Oleanna (1994)

Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | 4 November 1994 (USA)
When a student visits her professor to discuss how she failed his course, the discussion takes an awkward turn.

Director:

David Mamet

Writers:

David Mamet (play), David Mamet (screenplay)

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
William H. Macy ... John
Debra Eisenstadt ... Carol
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Storyline

A two character movie, involving a college professor, John, who is confronted by a female student, Carol, who is failing his course. The two spend a long time talking to each other, during which time John says a few things that can be taken the wrong way. After the night the two spent talking, John is slapped with a sexual harassment accusation by Carol. After more accusations from Carol, John's career as a teacher begins to fall apart. This forces John with a choice on how to handle the situation, and the results make up for a shattering ending to the movie. Written by Justin Sharp <rainman88@earthlink.net>

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Taglines:

Whichever side you take, you'll be deceived. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM | Powerhouse Films

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 November 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

David Mamet's Oleanna See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$124,693
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The 2009 Broadway production of the "Oleanna" stage play starred Bill Pullman as John and Julia Stiles as Carol with the latter making her Broadway debut with this theatre production. See more »

Goofs

When Carol leaves John's office after their second meeting, shouting "Help!", the shadow of the camera covers the door. See more »

Quotes

John: Get out of my office!
[Carol doesn't leave]
John: Get out! Get the fuck out of my office!
Carol: I'm leaving. And don't call your wife "Baby"!
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Crazy Credits

The "school song" (written by Mamet) played during the credits is sung by Mamet's wife, Rebecca Pidgeon who first performed the role of Carol on stage. See more »

Alternate Versions

There is a version of the movie circulating in Australia, in a series of videos along with other David Mamet films including "A Life in the Theater". This particular copy of the film is timecoded. In that version, after Carol tells John not to call his wife "baby," (thus sending him into a torrent of rage), and he slaps her arm and grabs her, screaming a sexual expletive and raising a chair above her head, the door to the hallway swings open and a number of people stand in the hallway, observing the fight and thus hopelessly damning John. In the version now appearing on The Sundance Channel (10/05), the expletive is unchanged but he never lifts the chair and the door never opens; aside from a final exterior shot of the school, the film ends with Carol (Eisenstadt) having collapsed on the floor of John's office, and John sitting in his chair, his head buried in his hands. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Macy About Mamet (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Brief College Days
Words by David Mamet
Music by Rebecca Pidgeon
Soloist - Main Credits: Steve Goldstein (as Steven Goldstein)
Soloist - End Credits: Rebecca Pidgeon
© Copyright 1994 Dwight Street Music
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Quirky, full of irony, not a film for everyone
29 November 1999 | by harrison-20See all my reviews

The dialogue is difficult to get past -- you want to grab the characters one at a time by the throat so the other one can at least finish a sentence or thought without interruption. But if you stick with it, the characters do deliver on what had to be a difficult script. And I found the irony of the story line to be the reward. It is a mind game -- not for the casual viewer.


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