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Lulu on the Bridge (1998)

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A famous jazz saxophonist's life is forever changed after he is accidentally shot.


Paul Auster


Paul Auster
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Harvey Keitel ... Izzy Maurer
Richard Edson ... Dave Reilly
Don Byron Don Byron ... Tyrone Lord
Kevin Corrigan ... Man With Gun
Mira Sorvino ... Celia Burns
Victor Argo ... Pierre
Peggy Gormley ... Dr. Fisher
Harold Perrineau ... Bobby Perez
Gina Gershon ... Hannah
Sophie Auster ... Sonia Kleinman
Vanessa Redgrave ... Catherine Moore
Mandy Patinkin ... Philip Kleinman
Greg Johnson Greg Johnson ... Stanley Mar
David Byrne ... 'Laughing Man' Escort
Holly Buczek Holly Buczek ... Dying Girl


A jazz saxophonist loses his capability to play when he is injured in a shooting at a café where he was playing. He sinks into depression when everyone charges in to take care of him, including his ex-wife. However, he discovers a stone with a telephone number attached. Returning the stone, he meets a young aspiring actress who is listening to his music. Soon the two begin an affair which is fouled by his over-obsessiveness with her which costs them both a job at a restaurant. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violence, brief strong language and sensuality | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


At one point, Dr. Van Horn (Willem Dafoe) writes on a scrap of paper: "Celia - s 'il y a". This pun was based on a similarity between a girl's name and a phrase in French meaning "if there is". It is a direct reference to Samuel Beckett's novel "Murphy" (1938): Celia, lover of an eponymous character, has an uncle, Mr. Willoughby Kelly, who comes up with this piece of bilingual wordplay. Paul Auster has consistently acknowledged Beckett's influence on his own oeuvre. See more »


When Izzy is at Celia's apartment for the first time and closes the curtains to make it dark, there is a lot of light coming in even with the curtains closed. When they turn the lights off, the room is very dark. See more »


Hannah: You still don't know who I am, do you? After all these years, you still don't have a clue.
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Multi-layered masterpiece
10 November 2000 | by deedee2005See all my reviews

I saw this little gem of a film last year, forgot about it, then decided to buy it. On a second viewing I realized how much I missed the first time around. The scientific/mythical/mystical/spiritual interpretations are left up to the individual, and I found myself leaning toward the mystical/spiritual, especially when the film-within-a-film (Pandora's Box) entered the plot. While some might have felt this whole episode was irrelevant, to me it was central in a kind of a skewed way that wasn't really developed. Anyone familiar with the myth of Pandora's Box will recognize the significance of the "rock in the box" that causes lives to change in a dramatic, profound way. Izzy's state of consciousness during the film is simply a device -an interesting one- to tell a story.

Seeing Dafoe and Keitel working together again (first time since Last Temptation of Christ?) was a delight. Both are capable of a tremendous range, but chose restraint in this film, and it worked. The interogation scenes in the warehouse were mesmerizing. I love this film!

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Release Date:

14 August 1998 (Norway) See more »

Also Known As:

Lulu on the Bridge See more »

Filming Locations:

Ireland See more »

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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