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Intolerable Cruelty (2003)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime, Romance | 10 October 2003 (USA)
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A beautiful gold digger matches wits with a shrewd Beverly Hills divorce lawyer who is increasingly attracted to her.

Directors:

Joel Coen, Ethan Coen (uncredited)

Writers:

Robert Ramsey (story), Matthew Stone (story) | 5 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
George Clooney ... Miles
Catherine Zeta-Jones ... Marylin
Geoffrey Rush ... Donovan Donaly
Cedric the Entertainer ... Gus Petch
Edward Herrmann ... Rex Rexroth
Paul Adelstein ... Wrigley
Richard Jenkins ... Freddy Bender
Billy Bob Thornton ... Howard D. Doyle
Julia Duffy ... Sarah Sorkin
Jonathan Hadary ... Heinz, the Baron Krauss von Espy
Tom Aldredge ... Herb Myerson
Stacey Travis ... Bonnie Donaly
Jack Kyle ... Ollie Olerud
Irwin Keyes ... Wheezy Joe
Judith Drake ... Mrs. Gutman
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Storyline

Miles Massey, a prominent Los Angeles divorce attorney has everything--and in some cases, two of everything. Despite his impressive client list, a formidable win record, the respect of his peers and an ironclad contract (the Massey pre-nup) named after him, he's reached a crossroads in his life. Sated on success, boredom has set in and he's looking for new challenges. All that changes when Miles meets his match in the devastating Marylin Rexroth. Marylin is the soon-to-be ex-wife of his client Rex Rexroth, a wealthy real estate developer and habitual philanderer. With the help of hard charging private investigator Gus Petch, she has Rex nailed and is looking forward to the financial independence a successful divorce will bring. But thanks to Miles' considerable skills, she ends up with nothing. Not to be outdone, Marylin schemes to get even and as part of her plan, quickly marries oil tycoon Howard Doyle. Miles and his unflappable associate, Wrigley, unwittingly dig themselves in ... Written by Sujit R. Varma

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They can't keep their hands off each others assets. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content, language and brief violence | See all certifications »

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Trivia

When Miles (George Clooney) gives his keynote speech to N.O.M.A.N, telling his audience that "love is good," he is adapting the line from Ivan Boesky's famous speech, in which Boesky assured his audience that "greed is good." In turn, Boesky's speech was reprised by Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) in the movie "Wall Street." See more »

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Miles' black Mont Blanc fountain pen is precisely placed in front of him as he is sitting at his otherwise empty desk. When the camera returns, the pen is still immaculately placed but facing the other way. See more »

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[first lines]
Donovan Donaly: [singing] I'm just a poor boy, though my story's seldom told.
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Adios SEÑOR GREAZER. Hello MISTER HAND. See more »

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Referenced in A Happy Event (2011) See more »

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I've Been Working on the Railroad
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Traditional
Sung a cappella by Edward Herrmann and girls
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One of Clooney's Best Performances
24 August 2006 | by Isaac5855See all my reviews

A surprisingly smart comedy from Joel and Ethan Cohen, INTOLERABLE CRUELTY is a deft and entertaining comedy about the relationship that develops between a fast talking attorney (George Clooney) and a man-eating gold digger (Catherine Zeta-Jones)who pretty much eats husbands for lunch. This delightful throwback to the Tracy-Hepburn, Grant-Russell comedies of the 30's and 40's moves at a nice pace and is anchored by a razor sharp performance by Clooney, who has rarely been more appealing on screen. Clooney does everything right here and his performance alone makes this film worth seeing, but Zeta-Jones never allows herself to be overshadowed by him in one of her more venomous characterizations. Worthwhile bits are also contributed by Geoffrey Rush, Billy Bob Thornton, Richard Jenkins, and Edward Herrmann. One of the most underrated comedies ever made which is a definite must-see for Clooney fans.


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USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

10 October 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,525,075, 12 October 2003

Gross USA:

$35,327,628

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$120,801,243
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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