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Afterglow (1997)

A handyman with marital problems meets a housewife with the same.

Director:

Alan Rudolph

Writer:

Alan Rudolph
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 8 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Nolte ... Lucky Mann
Julie Christie ... Phyllis Mann
Lara Flynn Boyle ... Marianne Byron
Jonny Lee Miller ... Jeffrey Byron
Jay Underwood ... Donald Duncan
Domini Blythe ... Helene Pelletier
Yves Corbeil ... Bernard Ornay
Alan Fawcett Alan Fawcett ... Count Falco / Jack Dana
Michèle-Barbara Pelletier ... Isabel Marino
France Castel ... Gloria Marino
Genevieve Bissonnette Genevieve Bissonnette ... Cassie
Claudia Besso ... Monica Bloom
Ivan Smith ... Doctor
Ellen David ... Judy the Waitress
Don Jordan ... Byron's Concierge
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Storyline

Two families are unhappy with their respective relationships: first of ambitious businessman Jeffrey Byron and sexually frustrated Marianne and second of repair contractor Lucky Mann and former B-movie actress Phyllis. When Lucky arrives to Byron's apartment to make some minor repair and Marianne becomes obsessed with him, the everyday balance breaks. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality and some language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Sony Pictures Classics

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

20 March 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Afterglow See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$50,052, 28 December 1997

Gross USA:

$2,465,960

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,465,960
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Nick Nolte and Julie Christie would later appear in The Company You Keep (2012). See more »

Goofs

Phyllis puts out her cigarette at the restaurant, but it seems to be still burning. See more »

Quotes

Marianne: You're too stuck on yourself to be jealous.
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Connections

References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Et Maintenant
Music by Gilbert Bécaud
Lyrics by Pierre Delanoë
Performed by Gilbert Bécaud
Published by Editions Redeau Rouge/BMG Music Publishing, France
Administered in U.S. by BMG Songs, Inc.
Courtesy of Capitol Records under license from EMI-Capitol Music
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A flawed work but definately worth a look.
1 December 2002 | by barbarella70See all my reviews

There's no doubt Julie Christie was one of the most unique personalities of the late sixties and early seventies. A remote beauty who was sexy and charming in Billy Liar and Darling, haunting and enigmatic in Don't Look Now and McCabe and Mrs. Miller and one of the few things worth remembering about Doctor Zhivago. Her notorious pickiness when it comes to choosing roles has served her well and she is one of the few stars from that time who has moved quite gracefully through a film career. Her resources as an actress allow the character of Phyllis Mann to come alive in a way that few could accomplish and the magic she creates is unforgetable. Laid back hipster Alan Rudolph's sexual roundelay has a lush look on top and a jazzy score below but it's Christie who sears the visuals with sadness, mystery, and wit. Nick Nolte's rugged charm serves him well throughout and when these two are alone together on screen, the art of film acting is proudly displayed. Watch the scene when a drunken Phyllis tries to rekindle their physical relationship and notice the body language. Note to filmmakers: Rudolph's genius is knowing when not to move the camera and in trusting his actors to do the work.

The film seems ponderous and flat at first and Johnny Lee Miller and Lara Flynn Boyle are still learning their craft (their scenes do grate), but Afterglow is a cockeyed success for those with patience.


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