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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.

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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 »

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Details

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

Gross USA:

$3,288,164

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,706,652
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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

Walker writes the formula for acceleration incorrectly on the blackboard. It should be f/s2, where he writes (f/s)2. Then, a student says: "Don't you have to assume that the velocity is constant during the deceleration period?", and Walker partly agrees. Deceleration means that the velocity (or rather the speed) diminishes - constant velocity means there is no deceleration or acceleration. A physics teacher should never make these mistakes. See more »

Quotes

Walker: Why do you wanna be a doctor anyhow?
Chris Hammond: So I can help people.
Walker: How? By keeping them alive today so you can prolong their misery until tomorrow?
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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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Some Intense Acting in Some Interconnected Vignettes
28 October 2005 | by noraleeSee all my reviews

"13 Conversations About One Thing" is in the genre of movies that deal with fate/coincidence in a rondelay story-telling technique.

This is the more intellectual version of Tom Tykwer's German movies or as less violent than "Amores Perros."

Writers/director the Sprecher sisters take a very different approach to human nature than in their sardonic "Clockwatchers," helped by intense performances by Matthew McConaughey and Alan Arkin and especially Clea DuVall who visibly change before our eyes as they are affected by chance slowly and fitfully playing out its hand around them.

The chapter headings are a bit precious. I couldn't actually tell what order the story was being told to us, backwards, sideways, forwards? Or is the point that doesn't matter for happiness? We're cogs in The Great Mandella anyway, each touching the other in unknown ways?

(originally written 6/16/2002)


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