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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.

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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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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)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to the book "Robert Downey, Jr. - The fall and rise of the comeback kid", Mike Figgis and Robert Downey, Jr. met at Kate Mantilini's, a restaurant on Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills, to discuss this movie. Downey arrived two hours late, barefoot, high, and carrying a purse with a gun sticking out of it. Figgis was shocked at first, but started a conversation anyway. Downey, who had lost a lot of weight because of his addiction, still expected to be offered the lead role of Max. Figgis offered him the part of Charlie, a man dying of A.I.D.S. instead. This in turn, gave Downey a shock, but after taking a good look in the mirror (and doing a line of coke) he decided to accept the part. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Charlie: Why were you kissing my sister-in-law?
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Referenced in Be Kind Rewind (2008) See more »

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The Minstrel Boy
Written by Thomas Moore
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Simple but thought provoking!
16 March 2000 | by AtobhaSee all my reviews

This movie is different from others in a sense that there's no good guy and bad guy line here. Nobody's perfect and nobody's totally wrong. However, in order to show Max-Caren pair as "unfaithful" as Mimi-Vernon pair, the event that was taking place outside the party was too imposed and simplistic. Some better idea should have come there. Extra-marital relationship is very complicated subject and deserves lot of thought. This movie at least provokes that kind of thought, though in a very simple way.

Ming-Na Wen and Wesley Snipes were over-acting on some occasions. Wesley's ad-firm colleagues were unnecessarily shown as stupid. However, Robert Downey Jr.'s part was superb, though his character was not directly related to the movie's main story. I was moved by him talking to Wesley about "life's like an orange". Some people here found Nastassja Kinski boring. I completely disagree. She was not blabbing, that's true, but look at her subtle facial expressions. One will rarely find this talent in Hollywood stars' face.

Another feature in this movie that I liked very much is the natural relationship between Black-White-Asian, which I can hardly find in a Hollywood movie unless the theme of the movie is race discrimination or something alike.

I give it a little above average credit. With better acting and little modification in the script this could be an extraordinary movie.


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