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One Night Stand (1997)

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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 ... See full summary »

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Mike Figgis

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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.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 1997 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Bir gecelik ask 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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,618,335, 14 December 1997

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,600,000, 4 January 1998
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Feature film debut of Tava Smiley. See more »

Goofs

In the bedroom mirror after the house party. See more »

Quotes

[after almost being robbed at knifepoint]
Max Carlyle: Goddamn New York!
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Connections

References H.R. Pufnstuf (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Heart of Glass
Written by Debbie Harry and Chris Stein
Performed by Blondie
Courtesy of Chrysalis Records, a division of EMI
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Forget the flaws, enjoy the experience!
11 June 1999 | by Simon D.See all my reviews

I don't know what it is with films but some capture the mood for me and some don't. 'Leaving Las Vegas' didn't but this did. So why? The latter didn't receive half the aclaim of the first, but somehow despite 'Las Vegas' being the more technically perfect film 'One Night Stand' was more a more interesting study of Human relationships and how real life is.

I don't think I have seen a better performance from Snipes and Robert Downey Jnr leaves me stunned at why he hasn't been given more leading roles. Downey Jnr is up there with the best of them when it comes to ability and 'Chaplin' should have led to a continuous stream of top dramatic billing, A small but again thoughtful performance from him, never totally stealing the limelight but always there as the part demanded. There are only a few actors that leave me wanting more because of the insight they brought to the character, Pacino, De Niro, Duvall, Hopkins, to name some, but also, strange as it may be, based on the few decent roles he has had, Downey Jnr.

Figgis brings to this film a mood that captivates. The dialogue levels are appalling in places (sound recordists when are you going to learn its no good spending millions on a movie and people working their guts out if we cant hear the bloody thing!) and the story a little rushed at times. It could be compared, for those of you who are musicians, to recording a piece of Jazz or R & B Live in a studio and then quantizing the track so that all the notes and rhythms are absolutely in time, they then sound too mechanical. A little rough round the edges can often make the difference and ironically make the film perfect.

I had a problem with the ending and couldn't figure out why. Then it struck me, when you look at the two dinner scenes it was plain that the foursome only worked with the second arrangement and the end was inevitable thus the attempt by Figgis to make a twist was lost on an audience who were already half expecting that to happen at the first dinner scene, me included.

So flaws aside I still enjoyed this film immensely and certainly give it an above average rating.

On a a final note has anyone seen so many lowly parts played by such reputable British actors, namely Julian Sands, Amanda Donohue, and Ione Skye!


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