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A Single Man (2009)

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An English professor, one year after the sudden death of his boyfriend, is unable to cope with his typical days in 1960s Los Angeles.

Director:

Tom Ford

Writers:

Christopher Isherwood (novel), Tom Ford (written for the screen by) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 38 wins & 55 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Colin Firth ... George
Julianne Moore ... Charley
Nicholas Hoult ... Kenny
Matthew Goode ... Jim
Jon Kortajarena ... Carlos
Paulette Lamori Paulette Lamori ... Alva
Ryan Simpkins ... Jennifer Strunk
Ginnifer Goodwin ... Mrs. Strunk
Teddy Sears ... Mr. Strunk
Paul Butler Paul Butler ... Christopher Strunk
Aaron Sanders ... Tom Strunk
Aline Weber Aline Weber ... Lois
Keri Lynn Pratt ... Blonde Secretary
Jenna Gavigan ... Other Secretary #1
Alicia Carr ... Other Secretary #2
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Storyline

It's November 30, 1962. Native Brit George Falconer, an English professor at a Los Angeles area college, is finding it difficult to cope with life. Jim, his personal partner of sixteen years, died in a car accident eight months earlier when he was visiting with family. Jim's family were not going to tell George of the death or accident, let alone allow him to attend the funeral. This day, George has decided to get his affairs in order before he will commit suicide that evening. As he routinely and fastidiously prepares for the suicide and post suicide, George reminisces about his life with Jim. But George spends this day with various people, who see a man sadder than usual and who affect his own thoughts about what he is going to do. Those people include Carlos, a Spanish immigrant/aspiring actor/gigolo recently arrived in Los Angeles; Charley, his best friend who he knew from England, she who is a drama queen of a woman who romantically desires her best friend despite his sexual ... Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some disturbing images and nudity/sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

5 February 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Samac See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$217,332, 13 December 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$9,166,863, 18 April 2010
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Tom Ford's directorial debut. See more »

Goofs

Kenny uses the expressions "cool" and "blows my mind" during the bar conversation. In the early 1960s, "cool" was an adjective, not an exclamation. "Mind-blowing" came into use in the late 1960s. See more »

Quotes

George: Let's leave the Jews out of this just for a moment and think of another minority, one that can go unnoticed if it has to.
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Referenced in Maltin on Movies: Awards Special 2011 (2011) See more »

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Green Onions
(1962)
Written by Steve Cropper, Al Jackson Jr., Booker T. Jones and Lewie Steinberg (as Lewis Steinberg)
Performed by Booker T. & the M.G.s
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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A genuinely pleasant surprise
21 November 2009 | by cllrdr-1See all my reviews

I loved Isherwood's novel (it's a novel, not a short story as a previous poster claimed) ever since it appeared back in 1964, to scathing reviews. Gay love wasn't taken seriously back then. Stonewall was five years away. But Isherwood was always his own man. Over the years I've mentioned the book to gay filmmakers, several of whom knew it and liked it. But all were chary of adapting a stream-of-consciousness narrative to the screen. That Tom Ford (of all people) has taken it on and done so well by it is rather astonishing. Yes, being the Fashion God that he is the film looks lovely. But it isn't all "look." Ford really understands what Isherwood was driving at. And while casting an actor as great as Colin Firth is a logical production decision, knowing what to do with him requires real talent. And Ford has talent by the ton. Matthew Goode is lovely. Nicholas Hoult a real surprise -- especially if you know him only for "About a Boy." And Julianne Moore is perfect as always. So much better (and more important) than "Brokeback Mountain."


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