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The Simian Line (2000)

In addition to declaring that Katharine's (Lynn Redgrave) head and heart line are hopelessly fused into one "simian line", eccentric palm reader/fortune-teller Arnita (Tyne Daly) makes a ... See full summary »

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Linda Yellen

Writers:

Linda Yellen (story), Michael Leeds (story) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Harry Connick Jr. ... Rick
Cindy Crawford ... Sandra
Tyne Daly ... Arnita
William Hurt ... Edward
Monica Keena ... Marta
Samantha Mathis ... Mae
Lynn Redgrave ... Katharine
Jamey Sheridan ... Paul
Eric Stoltz ... Sam Donovan
Dylan Bruno ... Billy
Jeremy Zelig ... Jimmy (as Jeremy Zwlig)
Tony Devon ... Realtor
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Storyline

In addition to declaring that Katharine's (Lynn Redgrave) head and heart line are hopelessly fused into one "simian line", eccentric palm reader/fortune-teller Arnita (Tyne Daly) makes a dire prediction: By the end of the year, one of the couples present at a Halloween party will have broken up. But will it be Katherine and her much-younger boyfriend Rick (Harry Connick Jr.); her upstairs tenants Marta and Billy or new yuppie neighbors Sandra (Cindy Crawford) and Paul? Fueled by Arnita's prediction, each of the couples begins to drift apart in a sea of doubt and distrust. Can the "divine" intervention of two well-meaning ghosts (William Hurt and Samantha Mathis) keep these earthly conflicts from erupting into multiple self-fulfilling prophecies? Written by Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexuality
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Official Sites:

Gabriel Film Group

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 January 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kärlekslinjen See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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In the "Thank You" section of the credits, "Kiehls" is misspelled with an extra "l" as "Kielhls." "Expendables Plus" is misspelled as "Expenables Plus." "Moet et Chandon" is misspelled as "Moet et Chandun." See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mae: There are 8 million stories in Manhattan. This ain't one of them. This story takes place in Weehawken, New Jersey, right across the river.
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Sloppy film making
9 October 2001 | by peteandkendalSee all my reviews

Great cast, sloppy, thrown-together movie with huge plot holes and characters for whom I cared very little. Saw this "film" at a movie class - the director came after the move and told us that it was filmed in 12 days. And, boy does it show! Just a few of my beefs: (1)Two of the main characters are ghosts, but they don't really add anything to the film. I suppose that they are part of the plot, but I feel that they could have been left out entirely. Moreover, the questions that their presence brings up were very distracting: we see them drinking champagne and sleeping and flirting and touching humans which made me want to know the rules of ghosts - are they really just like us? Do they have bodily functions also? Don't you think that people would hear toilets mysteriously flushing in their house at all times? One of the ghosts was uncomfortable sleeping in a chair - are we really to believe that most people have spare beds in which their ghosts sleep?(2) A young couple rents a room from a successful, very neat and sophisticated real estate broker (Lynn Redgrave). The room we see them inhabiting has painted graffiti all over it and incredibly loud music blaring at all hours - can we as an audience really believe that their landlord would not only put up with this, but be friends with them? (3) We witness fights between couples where very serious issues are brought up, but never resolved. When some of these couples make up, the issues are never brought up again, just blissfully ignored. Yikes. The entire film smacks of (very bad) "TV movie". A disaster.


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