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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 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 »

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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France | Germany | USA

Language:

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:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Erik Per Sullivan, who played Diane Lane's son in the film, was primarily known as the youngest brother Dewey on Malcolm in the Middle (2000), starring Frankie Muniz. Diane Lane previously played the mother of Frankie Muniz as well in My Dog Skip (2000). See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the movie, when Constance is sitting on the steps in front of Paul's building, Paul grabs his books to go to his apartment (telling her he will give her a band-aid). At this moment, the order of the books he is holding isn't the same when he is on the streets and when he's in front of the door (he just went up 3 steps). See more »

Quotes

Tracy: [while Connie and Paul are having sex in the restroom] She's not like that. She's really nice.
Sally: Of course she is. That only makes it worse. She's nice and sweet and her ass is exactly where it was when she was in college.
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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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Featured in Have You Seen My Movie? (2016) See more »

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Piano Lesson (Score Cue)
(2002)
Written by Richard Gere and Jan A.P. Kaczmarek
Performed by Richard Gere and Erik Per Sullivan
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Drama as Art...
3 February 2004 | by kylebengelSee all my reviews

I have read alot of reviews here that expressed displeasure for this film based on the notion that this was basically "softcore porn for housewives" and had nothing new to offer it's audience. Ok, granted; this is not the most original film/script ever written, but I think that many reviews (both Professional and Ametuer alike) have missed the point of this film. Behind the obvious guise of a morality tale showing what can happen if you stray from your marital vows, there is a rather amazing piece of art to be seen. This film is not about marital infedelity, but, rather, about DRAMA. This is what we in the Theater refer to as Drama As Art, meaning that the plot is less important than the impact that the various plot points have on the characters, creating more and more and more drama as the story unfolds. As is the great ballets or stage plays ('Giselle', 'Whose Afraid of Virginia Wolf', 'Swan Lake' 'A Streetcar Name Desire'), the DRAMA is the star of the production, not the actors or the plot lines.

And in this respect, 'Unfaithful' excells! Watch carfully as the world slowly turns itself upside down and rips itself to shreds around these two people based on a SINGLE MOMENT IN TIME (the first scene outside of his apartment: Should she go in? Should she go home? One choice, one mopment in time, a world of difference). Based on her choice(s), the drama begins to build to a point when, at the end of the film, the DRAMA is the star, not Geer and Lane. And Drama does a fine job holding this otherwise middle-of-the-road film above the frey.


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