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The Lovers (2017)

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Debra Winger and Tracy Letts play a long-married, dispassionate couple who are both in the midst of serious affairs. But on the brink of calling it quits, a spark between them suddenly reignites, leading them into an impulsive romance.


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Azazel Jacobs
4 nominations. See more awards »





Complete credited cast:
Debra Winger ... Mary
Tracy Letts ... Michael
Aidan Gillen ... Robert
Melora Walters ... Lucy
Tyler Ross ... Joel
Jessica Sula ... Erin
Lesley Fera ... Susan
Barry Eisen Barry Eisen ... Michael's Co-Worker
Wayne Alon Scott Wayne Alon Scott ... Butcher
Vanessa Campbell ... Dance Receptionist (as Vanessa Christelle)
Jeff Cairns Jeff Cairns ... Bar Guitarist


Mary (Debra Winger) and Michael (Tracy Letts) are a married couple. They live together, but are estranged from one another. They are both having long-standing extramarital affairs-she with Robert (Aidan Gillen) and he with Lucy (Melora Walters). Their lovers have both emphatically demanded they break up the marriage and Mary and Michael have vowed that they will do so after a visit from their son, Joel (Tyler Ross), and his new girlfriend, Erin (Jessica Sula)..

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Marriage, estrangement, love again - all under the one roof. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


Although playing characters of the same age, Debra Winger is actually over ten years older than co-star Tracy Letts. Winger was born in May of 1955 while Letts was born during July of 1965. See more »


Erin: So, when you met Mary, you were a musician?
Michael: A long, long time ago.
Erin: Oh.
Michael: I sold her a bill of goods.
Erin: Well, we all change.
Michael: Yeah. It's too bad.
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It Must Be Love
Written by Labi Siffre
Performed by Tracy Letts and Northwest Sinfonia
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User Reviews

Funny and unexpected
23 July 2017 | by Red_IdentitySee all my reviews

The premise of this film surely does it no favors. It sounds very much like a standard type of narrative when it's actually not. The way the film progresses in unexpected ways and it never feels forced or contrived. The performances are a testament to how natural it feels, but the screenplay is quite strong as well. Tracy Letts and Debra Winger are both very resonant and vulnerable when they need to be and they hit the various notes of the film in a pitch perfect way throughout. Someone else might have made this a complete melodrama and overblown but the film is anything but. This is highly recommended.

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Release Date:

5 May 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$66,286, 7 May 2017

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Company Credits

Production Co:

A24 See more »
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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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