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A Single Man (2009)

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A Single Man is a movie starring Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, and Matthew Goode. 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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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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IN the DVD commentary, Tom Ford says that when Jennifer speaks to George in the bank, some of what she says is based on Ford's own childhood. She has a pet scorpion because Ford and his sister had a pet scorpion when they were little. Her older brother is named "Tom" because Ford's first name is Tom. She speaks of her brother Tom giving her hair treatments with eggs because that was something Ford did for his own sister many times. She obliviously says that her brother Tom is "light in his loafers" (a derogatory euphemism for being gay) because Ford is gay. See more »

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The movie is set during the Cuban Missile Crisis, which ended on October 28, 1962. An early title card gives the date November 30, 1962. See more »

Quotes

Grant: There will be no time for sentiment when the Russians fire a missile at us.
George: If it's going to be a world with no time for sentiment, Grant, it's not a world that I want to live in.
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Featured in Che tempo che fa: Episode #7.30 (2009) See more »

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Cyber Cafe
Written and performed by Norman Harris
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A genuinely pleasant surprise
21 November 2009 | by See 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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