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The Man from Elysian Fields (2001)

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A failed novelist's inability to pay the bills strains relations with his wife and leads him to work at an escort service where he becomes entwined with a wealthy woman whose husband is a successful writer.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Andy Garcia ... Byron
Mick Jagger ... Luther
Julianna Margulies ... Dena
Olivia Williams ... Andrea
James Coburn ... Alcott
Michael Des Barres ... Nigel
Richard Bradford ... Edward Rodgers
Anjelica Huston ... Jennifer Adler
Xander Berkeley ... Virgil Koster
Sherman Howard ... Paul Pearson
Joe Santos ... Domenico
Susan Barnes Susan Barnes ... Attractive Woman
Tracey Walter ... Bartender
Asha Siewkumar Asha Siewkumar ... Receptionist
Kerry Li ... Restaurant Patron
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Storyline

Byron Tiller, happily married with a young child, is a writer whose last novel has ended up in the remainder bins. Down on his luck and struggling to make ends meet, he keeps bashing away, refusing to admit that perhaps he is not that good. One day, at wit's end and feeling sorry for himself, he meets someone who has actually read his book: a rather elegant looking Englishman who introduces himself as Luther Fox. Luther runs an escort agency Elysian Fields, which provides extremely wealthy women with attractive, intelligent dates. Desperate for any job- and Luther guarantees good pay and convinces him that it can be only temporary -Byron reluctantly agrees, keeping the whole thing hidden from his wife. He soon finds himself face-to-face with an extremely attractive woman, whose aging husband is a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist grappling with a novel that may be his last. Before long, Byron finds himself immersed in a world that he finds almost impossible to believe and even harder to... Written by Sujit R. Varma

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writer | novel | novelist | escort | book | See All (112) »

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Wealth affords the ultimate extravagance. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 November 2002 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Confissões de um Sedutor See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$46,353, 29 September 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,431,625, 19 January 2003

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,006,391, 31 December 2003
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Production was limited to thirty days, because the financing ran out. See more »

Goofs

When Byron and Andrea first appear in bed together, Andrea's lingerie shoulder strap is alternately under her left arm/on her shoulder between shots. See more »

Quotes

Luther Fox: I don't know why they call them outstanding checks... as if not being paid is somehow a good thing.
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Crazy Credits

The end of the credits caries a dedication to Suzie: "For my darling Suzie". See more »

Connections

References The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) See more »

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Byron Tiller Main Title
Written by Anthony Marinelli & Bill Kanengiser
Performed by Bill Kanengiser
Produced by Anthony Marinelli
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A revelation of a service not often talked about for women. A glimpse at a different and dark side of the human condition.
25 November 2007 | by wildman-26See all my reviews

"The Man From Elysian Fields" is a terrific move which captures a different glimpse into the dark side of the human condition.

This show can be summed up by the old adage, desperate people do desperate things.

Mick Jagger, "Luther Fox", does an excellent job of acting as the head of the male escort service, Elysian Fields. He finds a desperate want to be writer, Andy Garcia,who needs money to keep chasing his dream of becoming a novelist. Offered the chance of making money as an escort, Garcia, at first turns down the offer. However, Jagger, knowing Garcia's weakness, has arranged for him to escort the wife of a very famous novelist played by James Coburn. Garcia basically sells his soul to the devil and the storyline shows how the dark side of human nature takes over only to leave everyone empty.

I read when this picture was in production that Jagger had an idea for a script change and asked for a scene to be rewritten. All agreed that this scene was what helped push the move to success. His character was originally set to commit suicide as I understand it. Jagger suggested a scene in a restaurant where he allows his emotions to get the best of him, he has a moment of vulnerability with his old client of many years. He risks himself with her and is laughed at by her. His character in effect created emotional suicide. It was one brilliant scene.

Dark, foreboding and yes, very entertaining movie. A side of life that no one talks about.


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