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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 »

Genres:

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The credit card that Luther Fox uses, to pay for taking Jennifer Adler out, was Director George Hickenlooper's own debit card. You can read his name on-screen (he has since cancelled the card). See more »

Goofs

At the book signing near the end of the film, Byron signs the name "Georgette" in the book for the woman named Yasmine. The next woman in line reveals her name to be Georgette. See more »

Quotes

Tobias Alcott: My wife thinks it's wonderful. But she's my wife and and you can never trust a value system where true love is involved.
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Crazy Credits

The end of the credits caries a dedication to Suzie: "For my darling Suzie". 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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when i first watched this movie
1 March 2004 | by laltpSee all my reviews

I wasn't sure if I liked it, it had it's moment some parts made me sad; some even made me laugh and some made me blush but after making my self watch it again I realized that sometimes we the viewers tend to judge movies so fast.

The acting is wonderful for most of the cast; I was very much touched by Mick Jagger and Michael Des Barres characters and very surprised by Jaggers acting skills.

Even though I am a huge Julianna Margulies fan I found that her acting wasn't at it's finest and I mostly blame it to the way her character was written, however Julianna acting talent does shows here and she manage at some scenes to over come the bad writing of her character and give us a fine performance.

Out of everything I loved the all story line of a man who is trying to keep his and his family head above the water and when his near drowning decided to make an unusual decision one, which most of us would never do and by that risking everything and anyone he knows and love.

This movie is certainly a great piece, it was under recognized which reminded me in a lot of ways George Clooney Solaris and Confession of a dangerous mind both came out in 2003 and were also under recognized. Even though people may see this movie as a piece of crap, I feel that they will be missing on a great movie one which actually makes us think and wander if we were to ever be in that position would we do the same thing or just let our self's drown, in either way the risk of losing everything we know and love is high.

So to all the people who hated it, wait six months watch it again and then make up your mind about it. Cause this is a great movie to miss.

over all i give an 8&1/5 out of 10


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