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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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Mike Nichols

Writers:

Patrick Marber (play), Patrick Marber (screenplay)
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 21 wins & 47 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Natalie Portman ... Alice
Jude Law ... Dan
Julia Roberts ... Anna
Clive Owen ... Larry
Nick Hobbs ... Taxi Driver
Colin Stinton ... 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 »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 December 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Closer See more »

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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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| (TV)

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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Cate Blanchett was originally signed to play the role of Anna, but due to her second pregnancy she had to drop out of the film. See more »

Goofs

When Dan and Anna are at the opera (the English National Opera in London), the soundtrack is playing a recording of Mozart's "Cosi Fan Tutte" in the original Italian. All productions at the ENO are always sung in English. See more »

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[first lines]
Alice: Hello, stranger.
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Samba da Bencao
Written by Pierre Barouh, Baden Powell and Vinicius de Moraes
Performed by Bebel Gilberto
Courtesy of Ziriguiboom/Six Degrees Records
Under license from Crammed Discs
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The three years of my divorce wrapped into two hours
3 December 2004 | by The DaviiSee all my reviews

While I thought the characters were interesting, I found it very difficult to watch, as my own marriage disintegrated in a fashion too familiar to these characters. The lies, the half-truths, the inability to distinguish truth from lie after being told so many lies. I could completely relate to the characters in this movie.

Though I could laugh with it, it was nevertheless painful to watch. I couldn't recommend this movie to anyone except my ex-. Even then, I have trouble believing she's understand any part of it.

This particular film was more like a documentary shot without the shaky hand-held camera. But, like the still photographs the movie mocks as being false, Closer allows only glimpses of the truth behind the myriad lies.

I want to be entertained at a movie and I cannot think of a single person to whom I'd recommend this movie. It was very well acted, scripted, and executed on all parts. But it was more painful than pleasant or enlightening.


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