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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.

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 36 wins & 55 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... George
... Charley
... Kenny
... Jim
... Carlos
... Alva
... Jennifer Strunk
... Mrs. Strunk
... Mr. Strunk
Paul Butler ... Christopher Strunk
... Tom Strunk
Aline Weber ... Lois
... Blonde Secretary
... Other Secretary #1
... Other Secretary #2
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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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Drama | Romance

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

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5 February 2010 (USA)  »

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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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Colin Firth was originally not available for the role, and someone else was cast. After a shift in the movie schedule, Firth was eventually able to take the part. See more »

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Most of the phone handsets have modular RJ11-type connectors, which were introduced in the mid 1970s. In the 1960s, phones had heavier, hardwired handset cords. See more »

Quotes

Carlos: No one has ever picked me up and not wanted something.
George: I think you picked me up.
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Stormy Weather
(1933)
Written by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler
Performed by Etta James
Courtesy of Geffen Records under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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A Single Man In Venice
16 September 2009 | by See all my reviews

Of all the films I saw at the 66 Venice Film Festival, 12 in all, "A Single Man" is the one that stayed with me. I must admit, it wasn't love at first sight. My first reaction was a sort of rebellion against, what I felt was "far too beautiful" and slightly cold. But now, days after, the mood and guts of the film come back to my mind as if asking me to see it again. I will, as soon as possible. Behind the apparent stillness of the film there is a torrent of emotions and Colin Firth is at the very center of it. A day of grieving for a man who lived his life within a perfectly color coordinated world, coordinated in every sense of the word until death comes unexpectedly to turn everything upside down. I couldn't help but remember another Firth creation "Apartment Zero" (1988) where the color coordination of that character was gray, zero and the hinting of color coming into his life turned his world upside down. I loved and adored that performance and "A Single Man" reminds me, not so much for its similarities but for its differences. It's actually forcing me to go out and search all of Colin Firth's work I've missed. I also believe that Tom Ford, a living fashion icon, is here to stay as a filmmaker.


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