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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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Drama | Thriller

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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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Gross USA:

$124,693
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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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 the professor says "Oh, my God." near the end of the movie right after striking his student and shortly before sitting down, for a short time the microphone hanging from the roof is visible at the top right corner of the screen. 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

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Soundtracks

Long Ago And Far Away
Words by David Mamet
Music by Rebecca Pidgeon
Soloist: Steve Goldstein (as Steven Goldstein)
© Copyright 1994 Dwight Street Music
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a masterpiece
29 May 2006 | by secchi-1See all my reviews

I've read some of the comments and they are simply ridiculous. This is a masterpiece of social criticism, period. If you don't understand it, that's your problem, but this is one of those intellectual achievements that are overlooked at their release and appreciated 100 years later..

This society is sick: feminism, political correctness, "sexual" correctness and God knows what. And Mr Mamet analyzes one of the most pathetic and odious aspect of the matter: sexual harassment (Once I've read a feminist saying that rape is "subtle" and women who thought they had consenting sex might have actually been cheated - by evil men, I suppose). I don't even know how the producer could find a distributor for this film.. Thanks God he did.

People, you do not deserve a film like this. Go get a crappy independent movie!


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