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I Love You Phillip Morris (2009)

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A cop turns con man once he comes out of the closet. Once imprisoned, he meets the second love of his life, whom he'll stop at nothing to be with.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Steven Russell
... Phillip Morris
... Debbie
... Jimmy
... Lindholm
... Birkheim
... Cleavon
... Eudora
... Barbara Bascombe (as Mary Louise Burke)
... Judge
... Houston Lawyer
... Cellmate - Arnie
... Doctor
... Steven's Mom
... Steven's Dad
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Storyline

Steven Russell is happily married to Debbie, and a member of the local police force when a car accident provokes a dramatic reassessment of his life. Steven becomes open about his homosexuality and decides to live life to the fullest - even if it means breaking the law. Steven's new, extravagant lifestyle involves cons and fraud and, eventually, a stay in the State Penitentiary where he meets sensitive, soft-spoken Phillip Morris. His devotion to freeing Phillip from jail and building the perfect life together prompts Steven to attempt and often succeed at one impossible con after another. Written by The Film Catalogue

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Based On A True Story... No, Really It Is See more »


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Rated R for sexual content including strong dialogue, and language | See all certifications »

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Official site | Official site (ru) |  »

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Release Date:

7 January 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Una pareja dispareja  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€946,920 (France), 14 February 2010

Opening Weekend USA:

$112,520, 5 December 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,035,566, 10 April 2011
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film is based on the real life story of Steven Jay Russell. See more »

Goofs

When Steven is leaving the private care facility the calender shown skips the 14th of the month. See more »

Quotes

Steven Russell: Love sure is a funny thing. Makes you happy, makes you sad, makes you do all sorts of things you never thought you'd do before. In fact, love's the reason I'm laying here dying.
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Crazy Credits

The very end of the credits has a list of Thank Yous. The last two items on the list are Redbull and Xanax. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Hjelp, vi er i filmbransjen (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Deck the Halls
Composed by Adam Saunders and Mark Cousins
Published by Focus Music (Publishing) Ltd (PRS) and Cypress Creek Music (ASCAP)
Courtesy of 5 Alarm Music
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Stranger (And More Human) Than Fiction
15 July 2009 | by See all my reviews

Certain images and moments of this stunning surprise come to visit me in the middle of my day. Phillip Morris has become someone to me. Someone I crave to revisit. Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor create, not merely a novelty but a revolution of sorts. They took what is still a taboo and gave it a human, a truly human face. The story seems a recreation of Spielberg's "Catch me if you Can" or Robert Mulligan's "The Great Impostor" but "I love You Philip Morris" has a life all of its own. Jim Carrey uses what made him famous to present us with a unique, true character, in all its complexities, contradictions and depth. It is a staggering performance that will make me look at this actor from now own under a new light and with oodles of renewed respect. Ewan McGregor comes back to renew his early promise with a character of such tender honesty that I'm sure will re-open the book of his career with a brand new, brilliant chapter.


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