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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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Plot Keywords:

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

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Wealth affords the ultimate extravagance. See more »

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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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Runtime:

| (TV)

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

Dena Tiller: What makes a man do what you do?
Nigel Halsey: I think of our mission as a way of giving joy to others, my darling.
Dena Tiller: Actually, I, um, I really need to know the truth.
Nigel Halsey: Well, its simple. Fucking is the last resort for a man who feals impotent.
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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 »

Soundtracks

Byron Tiller Main Title
Written by Anthony Marinelli & Bill Kanengiser
Performed by Bill Kanengiser
Produced by Anthony Marinelli
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A lot better than one could expect
25 October 2002 | by MisterWhiplashSee all my reviews

The Man From Elysian Fields is a film with not one bad performance, a number of really good ones, and a story that keeps it and eye-gluer, in a sense. Andy Garcia is the writer, Byron, struggling to sell a second novel after a first that is selling almost nothing after seven years. Enter Fox (Mick Jagger) who runs an escort service for women, and offers Byron to be the "fulfiller" of married women. Byron wants to quit, until one night he meets the wife of Tobias Alcott (James Colburn), a famous, aging writer. Every character is convincing, even Jagger, who has strayed away from acting roles in general since the flop Freejack, and here takes a tailor made role and gives off a fascinating presence, and Colburn makes his hard bitten writer as an occasional comic relief. The surroundings of Pasadena adds to the allure, and it's delightful in it's sweep, under the guise of honest fiction. An independent sleeper. Grade: A


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