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Unfaithful (2002)

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A New York suburban couple's marriage goes dangerously awry when the wife indulges in an adulterous fling.

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Adrian Lyne

Writers:

Claude Chabrol (film "La Femme infidèle"), Alvin Sargent (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Diane Lane ... Connie Sumner
Erik Per Sullivan ... Charlie Sumner
Richard Gere ... Edward Sumner
Olivier Martinez ... Paul Martel
Myra Lucretia Taylor ... Gloria
Michelle Monaghan ... Lindsay
Chad Lowe ... Bill Stone
Joseph Badalucco Jr. Joseph Badalucco Jr. ... Train conductor
Erich Anderson ... Bob Gaylord
Damon Gupton ... Other businessman
Kate Burton ... Tracy
Margaret Colin ... Sally
Marc Forget ... Café bartender
Larry Gleason Larry Gleason ... Tim
Dominic Chianese ... Frank Wilson
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Storyline

Connie Sumner has a loving husband, a beautiful home, and a wonderful son, but she wants more. When she's approached one day by a handsome stranger while trying to hail a taxi, she becomes obsessed with him and eventually starts an affair. But her selfish actions soon catch up with her... Written by Jango

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Where do you go when you've gone too far? See more »


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Rated R for sexuality, language and a scene of violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 May 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Unfaithful See more »

Filming Locations:

New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,065,277, 12 May 2002

Gross USA:

$52,775,765

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$119,137,784
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Meg Ryan was the original choice to play Connie, but Alyssa Milano was cast. After she was forced to turn the role down due to her commitment to the TV series Charmed (1998), these actresses were offered the role (and they turned it down too): Jodie Foster (she chose to star in Panic Room (2002)), Kristin Davis (she had a commitment to the TV series Sex and the City (1998)), Portia de Rossi, Kyra Sedgwick, Brooke Shields, Hilary Swank and Kate Winslet. Also, Tori Spelling was briefly considered for the role. Although Josie Davis and Angelina Jolie auditioned for the role, they lost out to Diane Lane. Reportedly, Jennifer Jason Leigh wanted the role too, but this time it was Adrian Lyne who turned an actress down. See more »

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When Edward, Connie and Charlie are having the burned chicken dinner, the level of milk in Charlie's glass changes, yet since Charlie was talking he could not have drank any. See more »

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Charlie: What's 'accountable'? Is that like people eating people?
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Alternate Versions

DVD contains 11 deleted scenes including alternate ending. In the alternate ending Richard Gere goes to the police station to confess to everything. The original ending left it for the viewer to decide. See more »

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Enjoyable drama/thriller helped by a great Lane performance
7 July 2002 | by Aidan McGuinnessSee all my reviews

This is a movie about being unfaithful. you probably guessed that. The unfaithful person is one Connie Sumner (Diane Lane), wife to Edward (Richard Gere). Edward is actually a nice guy, and a loving father to their child Frank (`Malcolm in the Middle' star Erik Par Sullivan). Nonetheless Connie is not content with her somewhat staid home life. One day - caught in a Storm of Foreshadowing! - she is thrown into the life of a Frenchman Paul Martel (Olivier Martinez). He is much younger than her and gradually tempts her into getting with them. Connie must decide whether she can live with this secret affair, or will her misdeeds strike back!! Dum dum DA!

The first half of the movie is interesting. It's principally played from Connie's point-of-view. Diane Lane is quite excellent here - she's neither the selfish wife and yet she does not overplay the guilt role. She's never quite comfortable in her extra-marital affair but this is conveyed in nice subtle ways - Paul and her are ever only about sex for example (there's no real conversation between them). The whole thing is just a means of escapism - there's no real love there and Lane lets us clearly see this. She portrays passion well, but also the other emotions such as love and, on some level, sadness at being where she is. The minutiae of her performance are what make this movie worth seeing.

Unfortunately the acting abilities of the rest of the cast are nothing special. Martinez gets by on merely looking good and saying suggestive things in silky tones. His character - mostly just a catalyst for Connie and Edward - is incredibly one dimensional, not helped by the forgettable performance. Gere is OK, even when he does get centre stage in the movie. His performances tend to fairly sedate - whether this is him purposely playing a (mostly) controlled character, or a lack of acting ability is not for me to say here. He's a nice guy, who has his suspicions about his wife's change, and reacts in a bog-standard movie way (quite disappointing in some senses). Their kid is just cute and while his lines do actually sound like that of an eight year olds, he's still just blandly `cute kid #1035'.

Adrian Lyne, the director here, is back at his usual forte of adult relationship thrillers. It's all pretty good - some nice symbolic touches (ohh look a shot of a kettle on a hot stove as Connie wincingly dabs her cut!), and an ending that's agreeably ambiguous (and well shot). The pacing here is generally pretty good (the use of two main characters helping), although that can't help the disappointing nature of the second half of the movie. Still `Unfaithful' is above average for it's type, mostly due to Lane. Catch it on TV sometime as it does not requite a big screen. 6.3/10.


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