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Closer (2004)
IMDb Rating 7.4
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Natalie Portman Alice
Jude Law Dan
Julia Roberts Anna
Clive Owen Larry
Nick Hobbs Taxi Driver
Colin Stinton Customs Officer
Steve Benham Car driver (uncredited)
Elizabeth Bower Chatty Exhibition Guest (uncredited)
Jaclynn Tiffany Brown Tourist (uncredited)
Michael Haley Smoking Man (uncredited)
Bret Yount
Abdul Popoola
Plot
Four extremely beautiful people do extremely horrible things to one another in Closer, Mike Nichols' pungent adaptation of Patrick Marber's play that easily marks the Oscar-winning director's best work in years. Anna (Julia Roberts) is a photographer who specializes in portraits of strangers; Dan (Jude Law) is an obituary writer struggling to become a novelist; Alice (Natalie Portman) is an American stripper freshly arrived in London after a bad relationship; and Larry (Clive Owen) is a dermatologist who finds love under the most unlikely of circumstances. When their paths cross it's a dizzying supernova of emotions, as Nichols and Marber adroitly construct various scenes out of their lives that pair them again and again in various permutations of passion, heartbreak, anger, sadness, vengeance, pleading, deception, and most importantly, brutal honesty. It's only until you're more than halfway through the movie that you'll have to ask yourself exactly why you are watching such a beautifully tragic tale, as Closer is basically the ickiest, grossest, most dysfunctional parts of all your past relationships strung together into one movie. Ultimately, it falls to the four actors to draw you deeper into the story; all succeed relatively, but it's Law and Owen whose characters will cut you to the quick. Law proves that yet again he's most adept at playing charming, amoral bastards with manipulative streaks, and Owen is nothing short of brilliant as the character most turned on by the energy inherent in destructive relationships--whether he's on the giving or receiving end. --Mark Englehart
Movie Details
Genre Drama; Romance
Director Mike Nichols
Producer Cary Brokaw; John Calley; Mike Nichols
Writer Patrick Marber
Studio Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Country USA
Language English
Audience Rating R
Running Time 104 mins
Movie Release Date 12/3/2004
Color Color
Personal Details
Format DVD
Seen It Yes
Index 690
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 7/6/2006
Product Details
Edition Superbit Edition
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio 1.85:1
Layers Single Side, Single Layer
UPC (Barcode) 043396048478
Release Date 3/29/2005
Subtitles English; French
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Surround [CC]
ENGLISH: DTS 5.1 [CC]
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
"The Blower's Daughter" Music Video
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