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Heights (2005)

R | | Drama, Romance | 15 July 2005 (USA)
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Spanning twenty-four hours, Heights follows five New Yorkers challenged to choose their destiny before the sun comes up the next day.

Director:

Chris Terrio

Writers:

Amy Fox (screenplay), Amy Fox (play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chandler Williams ... Juilliard Macbeth
Bess Wohl ... Juilliard Lady Macbeth
Glenn Close ... Diana
Elizabeth Banks ... Isabel
James Marsden ... Jonathan
Jesse Bradford ... Alec
Daniel Neiden Daniel Neiden ... Wedding Rabbi
Thomas Lennon ... Marshall
Matthew Davis ... Mark (as Matt Davis)
John Light ... Peter
Isabella Rossellini ... Liz
Susan Malick ... Rachel
Rachel Siegel Rachel Siegel ... Autograph Seeker
Katie Kreisler ... Helen
Philip Tabor ... Paul
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Storyline

Young and attractive lawyer Jonathan is soon to be married to Isabel but then he meets young actor Alec and they fall in love. Isabel's mother, Diana, finds out the truth about Jonathan who now has to choose between Isabel and Alec, and his choice is ...

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, brief sexuality and nudity | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish | Hebrew

Release Date:

15 July 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aukstumos See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$52,885, 19 June 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,158,405, 25 September 2005
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Vanity Fair editor played by Isabella Rossellini mentions that Peter's interviewees will meet him at The Big Cup. Those interview scenes were filmed at the real Big Cup, a coffee shop in the Chelsea neighborhood (at 228 Eighth Avenue) that, before its 2005 closing, was a popular gathering for Chelsea's gay community. See more »

Goofs

At the audition of Alec with Liz, it is established that Alec lives on the fifth floor while Isabel lives on the third floor. But at the beginning of the movie, Isabel comes downstairs from her apartment and passes another apartment door near the stairs. Approximately five seconds after she passes, Alec comes out of THAT apartment with his dog. Since when is the fifth floor at a lower level than the third floor? See more »

Quotes

Diana Lee: We have forgotten passion.
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El Groucho Rojo
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Performed by Marc Ribot and Cubanos Postizos
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Secrets and lies
2 July 2005 | by jotix100See all my reviews

Decepcion and secrecy seems to be the root of the burden Jonathan is carrying in his troubled soul. During the course of a few hours he will have to face the truth about himself as his past comes back to haunt him in ways he didn't realize it would affect him.

Amy Fox has opened up her play by writing a wonderful screen treatment that Chris Terrio, the young and multi talented director presents for us with great panache. Ms. Fox created strong characters that come alive in the film. We are taken to some of Manhattan's rooftops and terraces to get a first rate account of people trying to deal with real problems. A point the film is trying to make is about how well do we know people close to us, even those we think we are in love with.

At the center of the movie is Elizabeth, who is living with Jonathan. They are planning to get married. Elizabeth is a talented photographer who is a free lancer. Jonathan is Jewish, but she is not; he wants her to go to see the Rabbi who is going to marry them. It's clear they are not at the same wave length, and not because they come from different religious backgrounds.

Diane, Elizabeth's mother, is a much admired actress in the New York stage. She has an eye for spotting handsome young men, as it's the case when she auditions Alec, a young actor that wants to be in a play she is going to direct. It's clear she likes him for other non acting role as well. Diane and her present husband are married for appearances sake, as we get to see him in action with another woman.

"Heights" makes an interesting point in showing how inter connected all these characters are and how a small, innocent incident, will unravel things as Elizabeth gets to see first hand how wrong she has been about the man she is going to marry.

Glenn Close, as Diana, makes an amazing appearance in the film. She is such an elegant performer that knows well what makes Diana act the way she does. She is not a diva, on the contrary, she seems to be a grounded woman whose love for her daughter is clear. Elizabeth Banks is wonderful as Diana's daughter, Isabel.

The surprise of the film came via George Segal, who as Rabbi Mendel, clearly sees what's troubling Jonathan. Mr. Segal is a welcome sight in the film after being absent so long. James Marsden, Jesse Bradford, Rufus Wainwright, Eric Bogosian, Michael Murphy and a lot of New York based stage actors are seen in minor, but effective roles.

This film clearly demonstrates the talent of Chris Terrio bringing all these actors together to do ensemble work. Mr. Terrio is lucky to be working with Jim Denault who has photographed the film with such an elegant style. Also the music by Ben Butler and Martin Erskine enhances the film.


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