CloserDirector: Mike Nichols
Patrick Marber's acclaimed stage drama about the romantic interactions of four people has been given a reverent screen adaptation by director and producer Mike Nichols. Dan (Jude Law) is a writer in London who wants to finish a novel, but in the meantime supports himself by writing obituaries. One day he chances upon Alice (Natalie Portman), a beautiful young American… See more details below
Patrick Marber's acclaimed stage drama about the romantic interactions of four people has been given a reverent screen adaptation by director and producer Mike Nichols. Dan (Jude Law) is a writer in London who wants to finish a novel, but in the meantime supports himself by writing obituaries. One day he chances upon Alice (Natalie Portman), a beautiful young American expatriate, working as a stripper, when he sees her get hit by a car. Alice immediately falls for Dan, and gives him her love without reservation. Dan is initially enchanted with Alice, and returns her affection, but while she inspires him to write his novel (based on her life), her neediness begins to wear on him. Anna (Julia Roberts) is a photographer who is hired to take a portrait of Dan for the dust jacket of his book; Dan is attracted to her easy confidence, and while the two of them flirt, Anna soon (inadvertently through Dan's playful machinations) meets Larry (Clive Owen), a dermatologist, and marries him. Dan can't get Anna out of his mind even though she's married, and the two become lovers, but Dan is frustrated by the fact that Anna is reluctant to leave Larry for him. Patrick Marber wrote the screenplay for this adaptation of Closer; it was the playwright's first feature-film credit.
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- Original Release:
- Image Entertainment
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- [Wide Screen]
- [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Cast & Crew
|Nick Hobbs||Taxi Driver|
|Colin Stinton||Customs Officer|
|Mary Bailey||Associate Producer|
|Celia Costas||Executive Producer|
|Robert Fox||Executive Producer|
|Michael Haley||Asst. Director,Co-producer|
|Tim Hatley||Production Designer|
|Paul A. Levin||Associate Producer|
|Hannah Moseley||Art Director|
|Ann Roth||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Scott Rudin||Executive Producer|
|Ivan Sharrock||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Antonia Van Drimmelen||Editor|
1. Chapter 1
2. Chapter 2
3. Chapter 3
4. Chapter 4
5. Chapter 5
6. Chapter 6
7. Chapter 7
8. Chapter 8
9. Chapter 9
10. Chapter 10
11. Chapter 11
12. Chapter 12
13. Chapter 13
14. Chapter 14
15. Chapter 15
16. Chapter 16
English PCM 5.1 (Uncompressed)
English Audio Descriptive Service
Italian PCM 5.1 (Uncompressed)
Music Video: "The Blower's Daughter" by Damien Rice
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The way the storyline was written seems all wrong for the big screen, and the movie-style format really does nothing to help. The 4 players in the film could have wonderful lives if they'd just wake up a bit. Closer just examines their interminglings.
Closer makes every step in the right direction as far as films go. Superb acting, and in my opinion, the breakthrough performance of the year for Clive Owen. The plot is entertaining through the end while provoking intense emotional and conceptual feelings that last long after you leave the screen. All Academy Award nominations that this film recieved were well deserved, but I can not understand why it recieved no nomination for best adapted screenplay, of which is more than deserved. One of the best films of the year.
It is so refreshing to finally see a film that tells about the dynamics of love and infidelity and the trappings that come with it all. A must see!
I went to the movies three times to see this and i'm so excited that it is out on DVD!!
I love movies with Julia Roberts and Natalie Portman so I enjoyed them acting together. I also enjoyed the music video.
Excellent movie! kinda jumps around but pretty easy to follow. the acting is Superb! i could feel the emotions as they expressed them and ive felt they way the do, in some scenes, in my own past relationships. def. recommend!
It was AWFUL! I'm sorry I wasted my money and that the stars of this fiasco wasted their time.
With trailers on television I expected this to be a romantic comedy. What a mistake on my part - next time I see an "R" rating, I will not pursue. This movie, although real life, touches the capsule of pain we all carry for loves that have gone wrong. I am not a fan of reliving that pain and although this movie, screenplay, etc. may be brilliant, it hurts too much to watch.
Its rare that a film as mature and honest as this gets made, all the actors do a spectacular job its a wonder they werent all nominated for Oscars--this film is a must for fans of Julia Roberts, Jude Law and Natalie Portman.
This movie was recommended to me by a salesperson (not B&N). I was totally disappointed. It is not that it is a bad movie, it is just not romantic or funny. Don't let your kids be anywhere near this one. The language and some of the scenes are very inappropriate for them.
This is the lamest movie I've ever seen Jude Law, Julia Roberts, or Natalie Portman in. I couldn't even get 30 minutes into it without yanking it out of my DVD player. Pointless trash.
Not being a fan of romantic comedies, I was happily surprised when this movie was not. It is a very real, sometimes very painful, unabridged look at the lives of 4 people and the truths and lies that drive them apart (or even bring them back together). It is definitely not J-Lo or Kate Hudson escapist fluff, and the actors all contributed excellent performances, particularly Julia Roberts. Try not to watch this one with the kids.
I love this movie for the sheer fact that it wasn't filled with "fluff" like so many other movies about relationships are in order for the audience to feel good about themselves. As I left the theatre, I felt the lingering sadness the characters experienced in the movie. I think the feelings were so strong because I could relate to what the characters went thru. The joy of discovering love then losing it. An amazing piece of work.
Truly a masterpiece. Not your typical Hollywood cheese, with lots of roses, kisses and a happy ending. But a true pain each one of us can relate to, so a very human movie... Fabulous acting. Beautiful.
I kept waiting for something redeeming to happen in this film to no avail. It was depressing throughout and left me with an empty feeling. I will say the actors were believable in their roles -- all selfish, obsessive, insensitive individuals. In the end I didn't care about a single one of them. Ugh, that's an hour and 44 minutes of my life I'll never get back.
I am a man of action flicks, dumb comedies, and meaningful love stories. On the contary, this was not meaningful. Try worthless drizzle over a DVD. It was so dirty and stupid. The movie had more possibility that most in the genre but it failed miserably.
I'm a huge fan of Julia Roberts and she was superb as always in this film. But even Julia’s skills couldn’t save this movie because it had no point, and was filled with selfish characters that couldn’t remain faithful to save their lives. I’m not sure what she was thinking when she agreed to take this role, but it is definitely not the highlight of her career.
I was upset at the end of the movie the first time I saw it, generally enjoying the "happy endings". But after seeing it a second time I came to appreciate the realistic nature of it. The actors are great (and Jude Law is very sexy, as is Natalie Portman) and the story line is good.
THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST DISGUSTING MOVIES I HAVE EVER SEEN. THE LANGUAGE IS ABOMINABLE. I CAN'T BELIEVE JULIA ROBERTS WOULD MAKE SUCH GARBAGE AND THAT NATALIE PORTMAN WOULD BE DESPERATE ENOUGH TO TAKE THIS ROLE. DON'T WASTER YOUR MONEY OR TIME ON THIS FILTH.
I thought this was an above average movie. It does have mature, sexually-oriented themes, so it's not appropriate viewing for everyone. Obviously, it's not your normal Julia Roberts film. I'm NOT a Julie Roberts fan because she usually is involved in cutesy formula films that are almost all the same. Even though I'm not a fan, I still enjoy when she gets in a well made movie and plays a more realistic character -- something along the lines of Erin Brockovich. Even Julia Roberts needs to break out of her "square" every once in awhile. Jude Law, Portman, Roberts, and Owen were all excellent in this film. I thought both Owen and Portman were deserving of their Oscar supporting actor nominations. I liked that this movie had a unique feel. I enjoyed the direct and concise dialog. It was interesting to see how the characters used honesty and deception to affect their relationships and those of others. It's a topsy-turvy relational rollercoaster that as a whole oversteps what "realistically" should happen to any four people. But there are pieces of all these break-ups and make-ups that ring true and act as an interesting relational study. When the ride is over, it's tough to digest and reconcile all of the pieces, but it has certainly been and interesting trip.
great acting from all the characters. superb dialogue. realisic portrayal of life and relationships and how they are not always as straightforward and simple as some would think.
"Closer" is one of the all-time WORST movies I have ever seen. I do find it ironic that a movie that is all about sex- where all characters do is talk frankly about sex- is miserably BORING. The 4 main characters are so shallow and selfish, they don't even seem human. If these characters had ANY human traits, we might connect with them, care about them, understand them, or (at least) be interested in them, if only to a small degree. I am not a Julia Roberts fan, but she has the one and only interesting scene in "Closer", where her character viciously tells her husband (Clive Owen) about how much better a lover Jude Law's character is compared to him. I thought Natalie Portman gave a poor performance (as usual) and I cannot believe how many award nominations she received for "Closer" -just because Portman cries in every other scene she is in, does not make her a good actress. After watching "Closer", the only thing you will feel is deep regret for wasting and losing 2 hours of your life on such a boring movie.
closer was a great piece of work and i recommend anyone with any sense should go see it, unless you completely ignore the undercurrent of basic, raw human emotion. anyone who doesnt fall in love with it the first time they see it is a complete idiot and should not be allowed to witness any great movies of our time, of which closer is one. some people say that it goes to extremes with the language and sexuality, but so do people, and this movie is all about people.
While I am an avid movie watcher, I am also an avid theatre goer, and while the movie is no where near as outstanding as the play, I still feel that it is very important to see. In these modern times where the divorce rate is pratically one in three and the rate of people having sex before marriage is about the same, this movie hits you in a place that will, most certianly, make you slightly uncomfortable. But uncomfortable doesn't mean bad. Despite what many will say, it talks about what many people deal with in relationships every day. Sexual jealously is something that this movie really brings out of people and it is very important to see these un-pretty traits in ourselves through the film. Clive Owen does a spectacular performance as Dan, while Natalie Portman, Alice, keeps us completely captivated with her. All and all, it is most certianly worth buying.