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Town & Country (2001)

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Porter Stoddard is a well-known New York architect who is at a crossroads... a nexus where twists and turns lead to myriad missteps, some with his wife Ellie, others with longtime friends ... See full summary »

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Peter Chelsom
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Warren Beatty ... Porter
Nastassja Kinski ... Alex
Diane Keaton ... Ellie
Goldie Hawn ... Mona
Garry Shandling ... Griffin
Vincent Lascoumes Vincent Lascoumes ... Waiter
William Hootkins ... Barney (as Bill Hootkins)
Terri Hoyos ... Yolanda
Josh Hartnett ... Tom (as Joshua Hartnett)
Tricia Vessey ... Alice
Marc Casabani ... Omar
Del Zamora ... Alejandro
Katharine Towne ... Holly
Tony Abatemarco ... McKlellen
Eve Crawford Eve Crawford ... Margaret
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Storyline

Porter Stoddard is a well-known New York architect who is at a crossroads... a nexus where twists and turns lead to myriad missteps, some with his wife Ellie, others with longtime friends Mona and her husband Griffin. Deciding which direction to take often leads to unexpected encounters with hilarious consequences. Written by Sarah Lean <Sarah.Lean@talk21.com>

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There's no such thing as a small affair.

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Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 April 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aitia diazygiou See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,029,858, 29 April 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$6,719,973

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,652,318
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1.85 : 1
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Reshoots were scheduled to begin on April 10, 2000, and expected to last just a couple of weeks. However, filming continued through June 2000, when it finally wrapped two years after principal photography originally began. The reshoots included all of the new scenes with screenwriter Buck Henry joining the cast as a divorce mediator. A new climax at a fashion gala involving all of the main female characters was written and filmed. Also the closure scenes with Garry Shandling and Goldie Hawn at the antique store and the scene with Warren Beatty and Nastassja Kinski on the street near the end were added. The scene between Beatty and Kinski in Manhattan as she's hailing a cab was actually filmed in downtown Los Angeles and was one of the last scenes filmed. See more »

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When the Claybournes arrive at the cabin in their Hummer, Mr. Clayboure gets out with his shotgun, walks toward the cabin and shoots the bear suit. When we cut to Mrs. Claybourne's reaction, the shotgun is leaning against the rear tire. See more »

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a shallow film wrapped in a veneer of fluff
28 September 2003 | by fookooSee all my reviews

"Town & Country" is a comedy that is neither amusing nor funny. With more than its share of ineptly written dialog and clumsily staged scenes, it is atrocious. "Town & Country" is suppose to be a humorous look at the upper middle class and the sexual misadventures of two "happily" married couples. There are too many superfluous scenes that should have been edited out of the movie because they go nowhere. Then there are the sequences in which one immediately knows what will happen, but seem to be interminably stretched out as aggravating time filler.

If Warren Beatty wanted to look like a nincompoop, he has succeeded. "Town & Country" feels like a retread of past comedies, but very poorly imitated. As the jilted spouses, Diane Keaton and Goldie Hawn come off fine. Andie MacDowell's character manages to pad at least another twenty minutes to the film. She displays the amazing eyesight of an eagle because, while riding in a ski lift, she can spot Warren Beatty's character from at least thirty feet away when he is dressed as a fly fisherman with a floppy hat covering all of his hair and obscuring his face, reminiscent of Jack Lemmon in "Grumpy Old Men."

Nastassja Kinski, as a cellist having an affair with Beatty, received sixth billing and more than holds her own and is one of the few bright spots of this film. The opening scene has Warren Beatty watching her play the cello with her completely naked. He simultaneously confesses in a voice over that he is not interested in classical music and that he is making a mistake. The initial shot of Nastassja is from behind her in which we see two musical clefts symmetrically painted onto her naked back - except that this is a credited cello body double. The closing credits list the actors in order of appearance so that Nastassja Kinski is listed second after Warren Beatty - very clever on her part.

"Town & Country" was a box office dud that can best be appreciated if one is drunk.


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