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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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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 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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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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If you had the opportunity, would you? See more »

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

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English | French

Release Date:

10 May 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Infidelidad 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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$52,801,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$122,000,000
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Brad Pitt and Ryan Phillippe were offered the role of Paul. However during pre-production, the producers decided that Paul be French rather than American, so Olivier Martinez received the part. See more »

Goofs

When Connie is having coffee at Café Noir with Tracy and Sally she heads to the back of the café (the washroom) without her purse. As she returns her purse is in hand. See more »

Quotes

[First Line]
Charlie: Dad, look what I can do. I've been practicing
[Makes fart noise with armpit]
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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 »

Connections

References Jour de Fête (1949) See more »

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Exit Music (For a Film)
Written by Thom Yorke (as Thomas Yorke), Ed O'Brien, Colin Greenwood,
Jonny Greenwood, Phil Selway (as Philip Selway)
Performed by Brad Mehldau
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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La Femme Infidèle
15 July 2008 | by ChrysanthepopSee all my reviews

I wasn't expecting much from 'Unfaithful' as I thought it would be another 'The Perfect Murder' type thriller. But 'Unfaithful' is so much more than what 'The Perfect Murder' could ever be. It's deeper. It's darker. It has so many psychological layers. It's more a character driven drama rather than than plot driven. The plot may not be exactly original but it's the influence of it on the characters is what 'Unfaithful' is about. The film is very engaging as we witness the psychological effects of the consequences of Connie's decision. Lyne deserves praise for his excellent artistic execution. I loved how he used symbolism (such as metaphors and pathetic fallacies) and shows great attention to detail as is evident in the visuals. The editing is clear cut. Biziou's cinematography is great and Kaczmarek's score sets the tone. Note that during the key moments, when the main characters are conversing, the background music is absent. Richard Gere and Olivier Martinez, though a little too old, do decent jobs. However, it is Diane Lane who gives a career-defining performance. Her sublime portrayal of the incredibly sexy Connie is awesome. She carries the film. It is Diane Lane and Adrian Lyne's film. 'Unfaithful' is a magnificent engaging artistic drama. I don't understand why some were even harsh enough to call it soft-core. Do they even know the definition of soft-core? Others seem to have a problem with why Connie, who had the perfect life, would have an affair. But I feel it necessary to stress that nobody is perfect and therefore the perfect life does not exist. Connie's affair wasn't a planned thing. Who knows why it happened? Perhaps she wanted to feel younger, perhaps she was bored, or perhaps she wanted more from her husband. I don't think it was with the intention to ruin her 'perfect' life. There doesn't have to be a clear reason...as affair's don't necessarily happen for the best reasons.


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