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Magnolia (1999)

R | | Drama | 7 January 2000 (USA)
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An epic mosaic of interrelated characters in search of love, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley.
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 28 wins & 54 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sir Edmund William Godfrey / Young Pharmacy Kid
Genevieve Zweig ... Mrs. Godfrey
Mark Flanagan ... Joseph Green (as Mark Flannagan)
... Stanley Berry
... Daniel Hill
... Firefighter
... Delmer Darion
Raymond 'Big Guy' Gonzales ... Reno Security Guard
... Craig Hansen
... Forensic Scientist
... Sydney Barringer
... Arthur Barringer
Frank Elmore ... 1958 Detective
John Kraft Seitz ... 1958 Policeman
Cory Buck ... Young Boy
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24 hours in L.A.; it's raining cats and dogs. Two parallel and intercut stories dramatize men about to die: both are estranged from a grown child, both want to make contact, and neither child wants anything to do with dad. Earl Partridge's son is a charismatic misogynist; Jimmy Gator's daughter is a cokehead and waif. A mild and caring nurse intercedes for Earl, reaching the son; a prayerful and upright beat cop meets the daughter, is attracted to her, and leads her toward a new calm. Meanwhile, guilt consumes Earl's young wife, while two whiz kids, one grown and a loser and the other young and pressured, face their situations. The weather, too, is quirky. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Things fall down. People look up. And when it rains, it pours.

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

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Release Date:

7 January 2000 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$37,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$193,604, 19 December 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$22,455,976

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,995,827
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2.39 : 1
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Exodus 8:2 KJV reads, "And if thou refuse to let them go, behold, I will smite all thy borders with frogs." See more »

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Two lights on the back of the ambulance are on and off in consecutive shots. See more »

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Narrator: In the New York Herald, November 26, year 1911, there is an account of the hanging of three men. They died for the murder of Sir Edmund William Godfrey; Husband, Father, Pharmacist and all around gentle-man resident of: Greenberry Hill, London. He was murdered by three vagrants whose motive was simple robbery. They were identified as: Joseph Green, Stanley Berry, and Daniel Hill. Green, Berry, Hill. And I Would Like To Think This was Only A Matter Of Chance. As reported in the Reno...
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Pedestrian #2 is incorrectly spelled Pedistrian #2. See more »

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Written by Aimee Mann
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An Instant Classic
11 February 2018 | by See all my reviews

The music; the way the camera moves; the performances: this amazing ensemble piece took everything to the next level. Although the influence of Robert Altman and Martin Scorsese can be felt throughout the whole film, P.T. Anderson didn't copy them but merely used some of their trademark techniques to create his very own, unique brand of film.

There are so many creative ideas and standout scenes in this film: I'm sure that, similarly to how filmmakers of Anderson's generation are citing films like 'Nashville' or 'Goodfellas' as their inspiration, the next generation of aspiring directors will be citing 'Magnolia'. The film is not "just" a masterpiece, but also hugely influential and an instant classic. 10 stars out of 10.

Favorite films: IMDb.com/list/mkjOKvqlSBs/

Lesser-Known Masterpieces: imdb.com/list/ls070242495/


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