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Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001)

R | | Drama | 5 July 2002 (USA)
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In New York City, the lives of a lawyer, an actuary, a house-cleaner, a professor and the people around them intersect as they ponder order and happiness in the face of life's cold unpredictability.

Director:

Jill Sprecher
8 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew McConaughey ... Troy
David Connolly ... Owen
Joseph Siravo ... Bureau Chief
A.D. Miles ... Co-Worker
Sig Libowitz ... Assistant Attorney
James Yaegashi ... Legal Assistant
Dion Graham ... Defense Attorney
Fernando López Fernando López ... Defendant (as Fernando Lopez)
Brian Smiar Brian Smiar ... Judge
Paul Austin Paul Austin ... Bartender
Allie Woods Jr. Allie Woods Jr. ... Cab Driver (as Allie Woods)
John Turturro ... Walker
Amy Irving ... Patricia
Barbara Sukowa ... Helen
Rob McElhenney ... Chris Hammond, Aspiring Medical Student
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Storyline

A physics professor approaching middle age decides to change his life with unexpected results. A rising young prosecuting attorney's plans are thrown into disarray as the result of a single careless act while distracted. A woman reluctantly faces her husband's infidelity. An envious insurance claims manager with family problems seeks revenge on a cheerful coworker, but has second thoughts. And an optimistic young cleaning woman awaits a miracle, only to have her faith shaken by a traumatic event. These ordinary people all find themselves asking the fundamental question philosophers have pondered throughout history: What is happiness, and how does one achieve it? Written by Anonymous

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Ask yourself if you're really happy.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and brief drug use | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

Sony Pictures Classics

Country:

USA

Language:

English | German | Italian

Release Date:

5 July 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

13 Conversations See more »

Filming Locations:

New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$89,499, 27 May 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,288,164

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$418,488
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

During this film's screening at the Toronto International Film Festival, Matthew McConaughey saved a woman's life after she suffered a seizure. Coincidentally, this happened right after the line "Why do you want a doctor?" See more »

Goofs

The J & B Scotch that Troy drinks after he leaves the scene of the accident is too yellow and has a thin layer of foam on top - it looks more like ginger ale or something similar. See more »

Quotes

Gene: [Angrily] What is it? What are you smiling at?
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Crazy Credits

Shawn Elliott is correctly spelled in the first set of credits, but is spelled as 'Shawn Elliot" in the end credits. See more »

Connections

References Magnolia (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Wohl denen die da Wandeln
Music by Heinrich Schütz (as Heinrich Schuetz)
Vocal arrangement by Richard Erickson
Sung by Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Parish Choir
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A Terrific Ensemble in a Provocative Conversation Starter
29 September 2003 | by bsilveySee all my reviews

My wife and I launched immediately into a conversation about this film before the end credits had even finished rolling. It's the kind of film that makes you want to apply some of its ideas and themes to your own life and experiences.

At first I was worried. When the film began, I thought it was going to be an episodic experimental piece, with 13 different scenes each dealing with an aspect of happiness. This bothered me, because the first segment of the film left me wanting more of the same story and I would have been disappointed if the screenplay had never come back to it. However, the first few segments that seem at first to be unrelated begin to mesh in a fluid way (but never in a way that feels forced), and what happens in one begins to illuminate the actions and feelings in another.

Because of it's episodic nature, the actors don't get a lot of room to flesh out their characters, but the performances are still strong. Alan Arkin is especially good (he always is).

This one comes highly recommended.

Grade: A-


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