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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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Beatty had been working on a biopic based on Howard Hughes' life for more than 40 years, after seeing him in a hotel lobby in the early 1970s and being fascinated by him. See more »

Goofs

The Mabrey,s as Baptists, said a commonly used Catholic grace before a meal. In that period of the 1950's, no Baptist would be caught dead in saying a Catholic ANYTHING. See more »

Quotes

Lucy Mabrey: [to Marla] Well, from all I've heard about Howard Hughes, I hope he doesn't expect to meet you in some hotel room...
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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

References The King and I (1956) See more »

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Rockin' Robin
Written by Leon René
Performed by Bobby Day
Courtesy of Lynn Adajian
By arrangement with Nola Leone/Ace Music Services LLC
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Well Worth Watching
25 April 2017 | by Sober-FriendSee all my reviews

I am glad this film is now out on DVD and pretty soon it will pop up on HBO. Now maybe the word of mouth will get out that this film is very good.

In this film Howard Hughes life is explored. It focuses on his life from around the late 1950's. It does not however focus in his life & death. In fact Howard Hughes death isn't covered at all.

In this film Small-town beauty queen and devout Baptist Marla Mabrey (Lily Collins), under contract to the infamous Howard Hughes (Warren Beatty), arrives in Los Angeles. At the airport, she meets her driver, Frank Forbes, only two weeks on the job and also from a religiously conservative background. Their instant attraction not only puts their religious convictions to the test but also defies Hughes' number one rule: no employee is allowed to have an intimate relationship with a contract actress.

Everyone gives an exceptional performance. Keep in mind this film is not made for the Comic Book Movie fan. This film is made for adults by Adults. Please if you like to see something good then watch them and give it a chance!


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