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Dinner with Friends (2001)

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A husband and wife reevaluate their marriage after their closest friends, another couple decide to split up after twelve years.

Director:

Norman Jewison

Writers:

Donald Margulies (play), Donald Margulies (teleplay)
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Dennis Quaid ... Gabe
Andie MacDowell ... Karen
Greg Kinnear ... Tom
Toni Collette ... Beth
Taylor Emerson Taylor Emerson ... Danny
Jake Fritz Jake Fritz ... Isaac
Holliston Coleman ... Laurie
Angus T. Jones ... Sammy
Beau Holden ... Al
Dina Morrone ... Hostess
Ruth Reichl ... Herself
Romulo Yanes Romulo Yanes ... Gourmet Photographer
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This candid, often-funny drama explores the bittersweet side of friendship through the eyes of two best-friend married couples. Invited to dinner at the suburban home of husband-and-wife food critics Gabe and Karen, Beth reveals she's breaking up with her husband Tom after 12 years of marriage and two children. This unexpected revelation forces Gabe and Karen to reevaluate their seemingly perfect relationship, as well as their friendship with two people who seem to be refusing the life they all once worked so hard to preserve. The drama is set in present-day Connecticut and New York City, with flashbacks to Martha's Vineyard twelve-and-a-half years earlier. Written by <Laffz00@aol.com>

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Can Your Marriage Survive, Your Best Friends Divorce. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

HBO Films

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 August 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A cena da amici See more »

Filming Locations:

Malibu, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The play "Dinner with Friends" won the Pulitzer Prize in Drama in 2000. See more »

Goofs

15 minutes into the movie, just before Gabe says "Beth, I'm sorry", the clock in the kitchen reads 8:50. A few seconds later, the clock in the foyer reads 8:20. See more »

Quotes

Gabe: The key to civilization is to fight the impulse to just chuck it all. Where would we be with everybody's IDs just running rampant?
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Referenced in Reflections of Evil (2002) See more »

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HBO Scores Big!!!
11 August 2001 | by RitchCSSee all my reviews

In a long series of original HBO movies, the predecessor being "WIT". "Dinner With Friends" turned out to be one of the best dramatic shows HBO has produced. First of all to get a top-notch director such as Norman Jewison and Pulitzer Prize winning play to work with, they were ahead before they began. All four major stars, Quaid, Kinnear, MacDowell, and Collette more than succeeded with their tasks, but it was the two long scenes between Greg and Dennis that raised this show to greater heights. Greg Kinnear has come so far in such a short time as an actor and he can hold his own with anybody now. I think I've seen every film Dennis Quaid has made and "DWF" is his finest work to date. If you've ever worked as a professional actor or director, you know that the easiest scene to play is "anger" and the most difficult is maintaining an audience's interest while you're playing low-key drama. The low-key counterplay and interaction between these two men was superb! It was often said of the late Geraldine Page that she could act in a whole movie or a three act play and know everything she was thinking if she had NO dialogue. Quaid and Kinnear were excellent listeners and responded to each other in the same way as Page. Besides the rich and powerful screenplay, the icing on the piece was placed with Dave Grusin's melodic score, a-la "The Fabulous Baker Boys". The 90+ minute movie ran the gamut of emotion for its audience. I was moved from tears to laughing out loud and anger to surprise. I only hope when next years Emmy nominations are announced, people will still remember this film in August 2001. Dennis Quaid and Greg Kinnear should be at the top of the list. Thumbs UP and four solid stars!


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