A successful, ego-maniacal architect who has spent a lifetime bullying his wife, employees and mistresses wants to make peace as his life approaches its final act.

Director:

Jonathan Demme

Writers:

Henrik Ibsen (play), Wallace Shawn
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Credited cast:
Julie Hagerty ... Aline Solness
Wallace Shawn ... Halvard Solness
Lisa Joyce ... Hilde Wangel
Andre Gregory ... Knut Brovik
Larry Pine ... Dr. Herdal
Joanna Howard Joanna Howard ... Nurse Nora
Winsome Brown ... Nurse
Jeff Biehl ... Ragnar Brovik
Emily Cass McDonnell ... Kaia Fosli
Sheilagh Weymouth ... Nurse
Marjorie Graham Marjorie Graham ... Nurse
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A successful, ego-maniacal architect who has spent a lifetime bullying his wife, employees and mistresses wants to make peace as his life approaches its final act.

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Drama

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Not Rated
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This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #762. See more »

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Definitely a Play on Film
19 May 2017 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

A successful, ego-maniacal architect (Wallace Shawn) who has spent a lifetime bullying his wife, employees and mistresses wants to make peace as his life approaches its final act.

While this is a very good film, it must be stressed: this was originally a play, and it comes across very obviously as a play, even on film. The dialogue is dense, far more than your usual conversation. And the sets are minimal. Not sparse, but few... are there even six different rooms in the whole two hours? I feel like I have seen another version of this play done before (on film, not in person). But this probably is the defining version. Wallace Shawn is great, but really Lisa Joyce steals the show. In the few years this has been out, her career has moved along steadily, but she's not the big name she should be. Someone cast this woman in the right role!


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Release Date:

22 June 2014 (USA) See more »

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A Master Builder See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$7,017, 27 July 2014

Gross USA:

$46,874

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$46,874
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