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Closer (2004)

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The relationships of two couples become complicated and deceitful when the man from one couple meets the woman of the other.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Anna
... Dan
... Alice
... Larry
... Taxi Driver
... Customs Officer
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Storyline

Smart-but-ineffectual journalist Dan "We use euphemisms!" cannot decide between his girlfriend, loving-but-clingy waitress Alice, or his lover cold-but-intellectual photographer Anna; herself indecisive between Dan and honest-but-thuggish "You're bloody gorgeous!" doctor Larry. The film puts the four leading characters in a box and strips them apart. Written by Anonymous

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If you believe in love at first sight... Take a closer look. See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for sequences of graphic sexual dialogue, nudity/sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

3 December 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Closer: Llevados por el deseo  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,707,972, 5 December 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$33,987,757, 13 February 2005

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$115,505,027
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Clive Owen played the role of Dan in the original stage production. See more »

Goofs

The opening action has Dan taking Alice to the hospital, staying with her in the waiting room, and the two leaving together. Unless a patient is unconscious, hospital intake always involves an interview procedure where the patient has to give their name, insurance information, and relevant medical history. To call a patient out of the waiting room, the hospital staff uses the name on the intake records, rather than shouting "hey you" to the next person to be seen. Yet, when Dan and Alice are getting ready to part ways after the bus trip away from the hospital, he says, "I don't even know your name." See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Alice: Hello, stranger.
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Soundtracks

La Cenerentola
Written by Gioachino Rossini
Produced by Gohl/McLaughlin
Performed by The London Metropolitan Orchestra (as London Metropolitan Orchestra)
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Flawlessly From Stage to Screen
6 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

The strength of Closer, both as a play and a motion picture, is the flawless, mature and beautifully crafted dialogue. Patrick Marber's screenplay is a testament to his truly great writing ability, as not much of the original text needed to be adapted in order to work appropriately and effectively on screen.

The raw emotion and base convictions of these four tragic characters (all acted exquisitly) is given to us primarily through their words and those words are all we need.

If you need more than words and are looking for a feel good love story, steer clear, you will only be disappointed.

However, if you are looking for a piece that will intrigue your senses, causing you to examine your own soul, your own convictions, then I highly recommend Closer.

Like Shakespeare, Williams, and O'Neil, whose words are a testament to the condition of their lives and times, Marber, through his language and presentation of these four exquisite lost souls, forces the mind to acknowledge and deal with the most base of our natural tendencies, painting a brutally honest portriat of the human condition in the 21st century.


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