Max/W.Snipes has a one night stand with Karen/N.Kinski in NYC. He returns to his wife, 2 kids and career in LA but is affected. A year later, Max and Karen meet again by chance, but this time they're with their spouses.

Director:

Mike Figgis

Writer:

Mike Figgis
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Wesley Snipes ... Max Carlyle
Nastassja Kinski ... Karen
Kyle MacLachlan ... Vernon
Ming-Na Wen ... Mimi Carlyle
Robert Downey Jr. ... Charlie
Marcus T. Paulk ... Charlie Carlyle (as Marcus Paulk)
Natalie Trott Natalie Trott ... Saffron Carlyle
John Calley ... Charlie's Father
Glenn Plummer ... George
Amanda Donohoe ... Margaux
Zoë Nathenson ... Mickey
Thomas Haden Church ... Don
Vincent Ward ... Nathan
John Ratzenberger ... Phil
Thomas Kopache ... Merv
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Storyline

Los Angeles advertisement director Max visits his friend, artist Charlie, who was diagnosed with A.I.D.S. in New York City. There he meets Karen, they are attracted to each other and after they meet later that day at the concert, they have a passionate night. Then he returns home to Los Angeles to his family, and wife Mimi. A year later, Max returns to New York City again to visit Charlie, who is now dying, and there he meets Karen again, who is married to Charlie's brother Vernon.

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It was just one night that changed everything. See more »

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality and language, and for drug content | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Joe Eszterhas wrote the original script, which was a series of loosely-connected sex scenes. When Mike Figgis took over the project, and re-wrote most of the script, Ezsterhas decided to take his name off the film. See more »

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The photo that Max takes of Charlie has both Max and Charlie in it See more »

Quotes

Charlie: Life is an orange, Max.
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Connections

Referenced in Be Kind Rewind (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

The Blues From Wayback
Written and Performed by Mark Whitfield
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Life is an orange
24 September 2003 | by valadasSee all my reviews

In this excellent movie we are told an apparently very simple story where life meets death, success crosses with failure, conjugal life redounds in adultery and love triumphs over it all though in a somewhat strange way. A man's best friend is dying of AIDS. He comes to visit him and that fact unchains a lot of coincidences and accidental events which will change some people's lives. This story is really made of factual coincidences but this circumstance far from being a flaw, is its backbone since life itself is full of strange coincidences and those shown here are not improbable. Life is really an orange like the dying man tells his best friend in his deathbed. What does this mean indeed? The answer is not given in the movie so it's up to you to find it by yourself. Another very important feature of the plot is the solid friendship between these two men which is revealed by some very moving deeds and circumstances. One last word for the sound track music which is also excellent and adequate to the atmosphere of the movie thus reinforcing it and making us feel it more deeply. And one last warning: prudes, abstain from seeing this movie because you will hate it not so much for certain scenes (as a matter of fact we have seen a lot of more explicit ones in a lot of famous movies) but because you won't be able to lay your moral prejudice aside in order to admire the beauty of this true love story or to understand its rather odd end. Is it important to say that the lovers' couple is here composed of a black man and a white woman (Wesley Snipes and Nastassja Kinski who perform their roles very well)? I don't think so.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 1997 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

One Night Stand See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$24,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$978,819, 16 November 1997

Gross USA:

$2,642,983

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,642,983
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1.85 : 1
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