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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 »
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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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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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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Genres:

Drama | Romance

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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:

(DVD)

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

Correction for Alec and Isabel leaving the building in the beginning of the film. Alec did not came out of a door, he exited the elevator with his dog. See more »

Quotes

Diana Lee: We have forgotten passion.
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References All About Eve (1950) See more »

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Gamar El Hawa
(1997)
Arranged by Mohamed Nouh
(p) 1997 at La Bandeson
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Do we ever want what we think we want?
18 July 2005 | by erialc0See all my reviews

Heights is, at its most basic, an exploration of desires. The characters around whom the movie revolves think they know, at the beginning, where they're headed, what will happen to them, what they want to happen to them. But as the movie progresses, their certainties are challenged and sometimes swept away entirely, and their carefully constructed lives begin to unravel.

Glenn Close is Diana, a brilliant 40-something Shakespearean actress and somewhat irresponsible mother. Her open marriage once seemed like a terrific idea--have your fun on the side, have a loving husband at home--but as her "loving husband" becomes more and more deeply involved with another woman, she begins to realize just how unfulfilling that philosophy is.

Diana's daughter is played by Elizabeth Banks, in a very Scarlett Johanssen-esquire role. Isabel is a struggling photographer who makes ends meet by taking wedding pictures, while still trying to pursue a more serious career. Her second thoughts begin to appear when her upcoming wedding to Jonathan becomes an obstacle to a once-in-a-lifetime chance to use her talent. Jonathan himself has a past he's desperate to hide, potentially ruinous secrets he's working to keep from his wife-to-be.

The situations are strung together by the existence of a never-seen photographer named Benjamin Stone, who is scheduled for an exhibition in a few weeks. A man named Peter, who we are given to understand is Benjamin's current flame, is tracking down his previous models (and incidentally, lovers) to compile his memoirs. His work loosely ties in the rest of the characters, providing some structure to the interlocking plot lines.

This movie has the power and appeal that you generally find in beautiful films about unhappy people. No matter how happy or hopeful you find the ending, it's still a bit of a downer, because of the raw exposure of the characters. There are uncomfortable moments when we're privy to deep-seated emotions and unsettling situations, but there are also remarkably tender moments. The acting is generally understated and simple, with a few intense moments--your basic fare from a character study movie. But the adaptation from stage to screen, though apparent, is nearly seamless, and the text translates well to film.

Highly recommended to fans of Closer and similar movies.


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