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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 39 wins & 57 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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Trivia

George's pistol is a Webley revolver, a standard firearm issued to British and Commonwealth troops from 1887 to 1963. It fired the .455 caliber Webley cartridge, making it one of the most powerful handguns ever made. See more »

Goofs

The red pencil sharpeners are displayed in neatly arranged, complete rows. After one is removed, the next shot shows complete, undisturbed rows. See more »

Quotes

Carlos: Sometimes awful things have their own kind of beauty.
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Connections

Referenced in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.11 (2011) See more »

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Scène d'Amour
(uncredited)
Written by Bernard Herrmann
[from Vertigo (1958)]
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Extremely Aware of Style
26 April 2015 | by waterman_harrySee all my reviews

A Single Man feels more like the prelude to a fashion show than an actual motion-picture, and whilst the film and plot are impeccably solid, it suffers from a certain aura of "style over substance" and not enough depth as it could've had. The debut film of fashion ingénue Tom Ford, A Single Man is both heart-achingly melancholy and richly probing into the life of a lonely homosexual widower in the sixties. Colin Firth is brilliant and brave in the role, whilst Julianne Moore and Nicholas Hoult offer beneficial support, however both are slightly over-shadowed by the pace and performance of Firth. Seemingly inspired by the work of Lars Von Trier, A Single Man is really quite beautiful but not one of the best films I have ever seen.


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Official Sites:

Official Site [France]

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

5 February 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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

Gross USA:

$9,176,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$24,964,890
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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