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Rules Don't Apply (2016)

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The unconventional love story of an aspiring actress, her ambitious driver, and their eccentric boss, the legendary billionaire Howard Hughes.

Director:

Warren Beatty

Writers:

Warren Beatty (screenplay by), Warren Beatty (story by) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Tom ... TV Newsman #2
Paul Sorvino ... Vernon Scott
Peter Mackenzie ... Gene Handsaker
Ivar Brogger ... T.V. Newsman #1
Dan Desmond Dan Desmond ... Gladwin Hill
Alden Ehrenreich ... Frank Forbes
Matthew Broderick ... Levar Mathis
Candice Bergen ... Nadine Henly
Martin Sheen ... Noah Dietrich
Hart Bochner ... Colonel Willis
Karl Florine ... Air Traffic Controller (as Karl J. Florine)
Annette Bening ... Lucy Mabrey
Lily Collins ... Marla Mabrey
Madisyn Ritland Madisyn Ritland ... Bella
Louise Linton ... Betty
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Storyline

It's Hollywood, 1958. Aspiring actress, songwriter, small town beauty queen and devout Baptist virgin Marla Mabrey (Lily Collins) has a contract with movie mogul Howard Hughes (Warren Beatty) and arrives with her mother (Annette Bening) in Los Angeles to do a screen test for one of his film projects. At the airport, they meet their driver Frank Forbes (Alden Ehrenreich). Forbes is an ambitious young man with a business plan and engaged to his 7th grade sweetheart, both deeply religious Methodists. The instant attraction that Marla and Frank feel for each other not only puts their religious convictions and moral values to the test, but also defies Hughes' #1 rule: No employee is allowed to have any relationship whatsoever with a contract actress. Hughes' enigmatic behavior intersects with Marla and Frank in separate and unexpected ways, and as they are drawn deeper into his bizarre world, their values are challenged and their lives are changed. Written by 20th Century Fox

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for sexual material including brief strong language, thematic elements, and drug references | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 November 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Exceção à Regra See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$31,100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,589,625, 25 November 2016, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$3,647,836, 16 December 2016
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Dolby Digital | Dolby Atmos

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Bo Goldman, who is credited with the story, also wrote another Howard Hughes film Melvin and Howard (1980). See more »

Goofs

Although supposedly set in 1958, Hughes' is shown crashing the XF-11 prototype aircraft, which actually happened over a decade earlier, on July 7, 1946. See more »

Quotes

[Hughes alone with the drunk and flirtatious Marla]
Howard Hughes: You make an old guy courageous, Marla...
Marla Mabrey: Is that a compliment, Howard ?
Howard Hughes: You're not calling me Mr. Hughes... Makes me feel so much younger.
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Crazy Credits

The end credits contain the standard disclaimer that all characters are fictional. But Howard Hughes, as well as his aides Noah Dietrich (played by Martin Sheen) and Robert Maheu (Alec Baldwin) are real people. See more »

Connections

Featured in Lorraine: Episode dated 14 October 2016 (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Amazing Grace
Written by John Newton (uncredited)
[Incorrectly credited as Traditional]
Performed by The Harding University Concert Choir
Courtesy of Dallas Christian Sound, Inc.
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Flawed Narrative
1 January 2017 | by Johnny-113See all my reviews

I'm surprised that Warren Beatty returned to directing after almost 20 years with another film about a disturbed man who is falling apart. Even more, why make another Howard Hughes film? You'd learn more about Hughes by watching the Tommy Lee Jones film or "The Aviator." Mr. Beatty was trying to be contemporary with the editing of the film (4 editors by the way) by cutting away from a scenes abruptly that were starting to get interesting.

The pace of the romance between the two lead characters was uneven and thus hard to believe. The costumes, production design, cinematography and much of the acting was great, but the narrative was confusing. There was a lot of interesting quirkiness and style, but because the point of view was scattered, it was hard to really get to know the characters.


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