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Immortality (1998)

The Wisdom of Crocodiles (original title)
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Vampire in London is searching for the ideal woman to redeem him.

Director:

Po-Chih Leong

Writer:

Paul Hoffman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jude Law ... Steven Grlscz
Elina Löwensohn ... Anne Levels
Timothy Spall ... Inspector Healey
Jack Davenport ... Sergeant Roche
Colin Salmon ... Martin
Hitler Wong Hitler Wong ... Noodles Chan
Kerry Fox ... Maria Vaughan
Stuart Bowman ... Car Crash Mechanic
C.J. December ... Car Crash Mechanic
Anastasia Hille ... Karen
Nicholas Lamont Nicholas Lamont ... Toll Bridge Attendant (as Nick Lamont)
Joseph O'Conor ... Mr. Nancarrow
Ashley Artus ... Gang Leader
Tom Wu ... Gang Member
Hon Ping Tang ... Gang Member
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Storyline

Steven is multi-talented, handsome, and a expert seducer of women. He craves intimacy with women, literally cannot live without it, and is in search of the perfect woman. All of his relationships, however, end tragically. Eventually, he meets Anne, a strong woman who is different, better than the others. However, soon it becomes clear that this is a relationship that only one of them will survive. The title refers to a quote from Francis Bacon, who wrote about crocodiles, who shed tears when they devour their prey. Written by <clazsis@aol.com>

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Handsome. Seductive. Deadly.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some strong violence and gore, language, and sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Immortality See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,281, 16 July 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$21,404, 23 July 2000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The love poem quoted throughout movie is a love song taken from the bible - "The song of Solomon". See more »

Goofs

When Steven is standing in the police lineup he has a bruise on the corner of his mouth. During his interrogation in the next scene, the bruise is gone. See more »

Quotes

Steven Grlscz: When I was a boy, I went into the forest and climbed to the top of the tallest tree. Near the top, I slipped, and managed to just grab a branch. It was a long drop. I hung there until the blood in my head pounded in my ears. I can't remember much, but I remember the fear of falling.
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Love Bites
2 August 2000 | by Polyester BribeSee all my reviews

For a vampire movie set in modern-day England, "The Wisdom of Crocodiles" is peculiarly bloodless. But then, vampire hunger is more a metaphor than a cue for screaming, and sucking in this chilly love story, a philosophical thriller that's no less intriguing for being murkily theological and ceaselessly artsy.

"The line that separates good and evil cuts through every human heart," Steven murmurs to Anna. And that's just one of the many quotable Steven spouts to explain his dilemma: He needs nourishment from a woman's love - but he is doomed to destroy love in the process.

Steven also sustains a Russian-lit-like relationship with a detective on his trail, a man who takes his Catholicism as portentously as Steven takes his existential crisis. Through all the agony and ecstasy, Chinese-born, English-educated film-maker Po Chih Leong, working from an epigrammatic script, sustains a luxury-loving interest in the play of light on texture: Fountain pens have rarely looked more sensuous, nor vampires more like aesthetes who are never too blood-starved to appreciate fine craftsmanship.


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