Unfaithful

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Overview

Diane Lane is a wayward wife and Richard Gere is her suspicious husband in Adrian Lyne's Unfaithful. Connie Lane leaves her suburban home on an errand, venturing into Manhattan during a wicked windstorm. On a trash-strewn Soho street, she literally runs into Paul Martel Olivier Martinez, a handsome young Frenchman carrying a huge stack of books. Connie has a bad scrape on her knee, and is unable to get a cab, so Paul invites her up to his apartment. Paul is quietly flirtatious as he gives Connie some ice and a ...
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Overview

Diane Lane is a wayward wife and Richard Gere is her suspicious husband in Adrian Lyne's Unfaithful. Connie Lane leaves her suburban home on an errand, venturing into Manhattan during a wicked windstorm. On a trash-strewn Soho street, she literally runs into Paul Martel Olivier Martinez, a handsome young Frenchman carrying a huge stack of books. Connie has a bad scrape on her knee, and is unable to get a cab, so Paul invites her up to his apartment. Paul is quietly flirtatious as he gives Connie some ice and a bandage for her knee. Connie phones home and explains to her son, Charlie Erik Per Sullivan, that she's running late. Before she leaves, Paul gives her a book of Persian poetry, The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. She mentions the encounter in passing to Edward Gere, her husband, but it's clear that she's obsessing about Paul, and soon she's back in the city, with a pretext for calling him up. Soon, they are lovers, and they grow bolder and bolder in their passion. Edward begins to suspect, and eventually gets a private investigator Dominic Chianese of The Sopranos to follow Connie. His worst fears confirmed, Edward decides to confront Paul, a decision that will come to haunt him. While the screenplay for Unfaithful is credited to Alvin Sargent Ordinary People and William Broyles Jr. Cast Away, the inspiration for Lyne's film came from Claude Chabrol's acclaimed 1969 film La Femme Infidele.
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Special Features

Full-length audio commentary by director Adrian Lyne; Scene-specific actors' commentary; 11 deleted scenes with optional director's commentary; The Charlie Rose Show: interview with Richard Gere, Diane Lane and Adrian Lyne; Behind-the-scenes featurette: An Affair to Remember; Editing featurette; Cast interviews; Director's script notes
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
The sometimes-tragic consequences of marital infidelity are effectively portrayed in this well-acted domestic drama, which represents a triumph not only for director Adrian Lyne Fatal Attraction but also for stars Richard Gere and Diane Lane. These veteran stars, whose early forays in film were distinguished at least partially by youthful exuberance and sizzling sexuality, appear as thoughtful, mature people whose lives are irremediably altered by what begins as a casual indiscretion. At first glance, Connie Sumner Lane seems perfectly happy: Her husband, Edward Gere, is a capable provider and a devoted father to their eight-year-old son. She lives comfortably in an affluent suburb and finds fulfillment in charity work. But a chance encounter with a young, charismatic book dealer Oliver Martinez blossoms into a passionate affair that threatens to destroy her marriage. Fatal Attraction director Lyne, obviously fascinated by this subject matter, juggles Unfaithful’s plot points with admirable dexterity. He doesn’t minimize Lane’s steamy sex scenes, but the erotic interludes aren’t played for overt titillation, and they are shown to have devastating repercussions. Gere tackles his role with uncharacteristic restraint, which helps keeps the film anchored in reality; both he and Lane are superb. Fine acting and incisive direction make this one of Lyne’s best efforts, and once seen it will linger in memory for a very long time.
All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
A well-appointed movie about a woman punished for sexual desire? Then it must be Adrian Lyne's latest opus about the perils of pleasure. Rather than a man-eating careerist or a money-strapped wife-turned-single night prostitute, Unfaithful's degraded female is a pampered housewife with too much time on her hands and not nearly enough to occupy her minuscule mind. Adopting a determinedly serious tone meant to mitigate such preposterous plot conceits as the fateful windstorm and the undesirability of Richard Gere, Lyne lingers over the "erotic" encounters between Diane Lane and très français lover Olivier Martinez with his usual affinity for classy soft core, pausing long enough to allow the supporting characters to deliver clumsy lines clarifying the allegedly deep morality play at hand. Lane and Martinez do their best to flesh out their repellent non-characters, and Gere effectively channels most of his smolder into finely contained rage and pain, but the lead trio is finally done in by William Broyles and Alvin Sargent's hopelessly mediocre script as well as Lyne's ham-fisted imagery. Though men might enjoy the spectacle of the American Gigolo reduced to cuckold, Unfaithful is hardly the alternative summer movie for intelligent adults that Lyne and his cohorts wish.
Entertainment Weekly
Not since the underrated What Lies Beneath has a domestic thriller been made with so much sultry juice and power. Owen Gleiberman
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert

Instead of pumping up the plot with recycled manufactured thrills, it's content to contemplate two reasonably sane adults who get themselves into an almost insoluble dilemma.
New York Observer
Flawed but fascinating, and the performance by Diane Lane nothing short of miraculous. Rex Reed

Not since the underrated What Lies Beneath has a domestic thriller been made with so much sultry juice and power. Owen Gleiberman
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/20/2009
  • UPC: 024543563679
  • Original Release: 2002
  • Rating:

  • Source: 20Th Century Fox
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: Français
  • Time: 2:03:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 5,524

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Gere Edward Sumner
Diane Lane Connie Sumner
Olivier Martinez Paul Martel
Erik Per Sullivan Charlie Sumner
Zeljko Ivanek Detective Dean
Dominic Chianese Frank Wilson
Kate Burton Tracy
Chad Lowe Bill Stone
Gary Basaraba Detective Mirojnick
Margaret Colin Sally
Technical Credits
Adrian Lyne Director, Producer
Kerry Barden Casting
Mark Bennett Casting
Peter Biziou Cinematographer
Susan Bode-Tyson Set Decoration/Design
Vebe Borge Asst. Director
G. Mac Brown Producer
William Broyles Screenwriter
Anne V. Coates Editor
Billy Hopkins Casting
Jan A.P. Kaczmarek Score Composer
John Kasarda Art Director
Arnold Kopelson Producer
Anne Kopelson Producer
Tod A. Maitland Sound/Sound Designer
Lawrence Steven Meyers Executive Producer
Arnon Milchan Executive Producer
Ellen Mirojnick Costumes/Costume Designer
Brian Morris Production Designer
Pierre-Richard Muller Executive Producer
Alan Rankin Sound/Sound Designer
Alvin Sargent Screenwriter
Suzanne Smith Casting
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Dumb film

    This movie in my own opinion is one out of ten stars. This movie is a soap opera. You will realize this is true when you notice that 80 to 90% of the people that like this movie are women. If you want to watch a drama, do a web search for dramas that are worth your time. I'd suggest searching the 25 or 50 greatest dramas ever to select a film. If you want to watch something that has some spice and sex, then get a porno.

    The softcore porn on Cinemax is better than this movie not only in sex scenes, but in plot.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AN UNPREDICTABLE EROTIC THRILLER

    What can I say, three EXTREMELY TALENTED and DROP DEAD GORGEOUS actors and one HOT entertaining movie. Richard Gere, Diane Lane, and Olivier Martinez performances are superb and exuberant with sizzling sexuality . And let us not forget the Adrien Lyne, a high-voltage director., who examines the ins and outs of marital infidelity in this movie. ''Unfaithful'' is intriguing, romantic, titillating, and fascinating, portraying the need to break routine and cause change in one's life even if that change is painful and unnecessary. It also demonstrates the possible consequences of such destructive behaviors. I think some of the critiques should keep their opinion to themselves. I was fascinated and highly entertained by ''Unfaithful'' and have watched it several times already. Richard Gere is one the most handsome men alive. Diane Lane is absolutely beautiful and elegant. Olivier Martinez with his gypsy designer-stubble beautiful face, blue eyes and French accent has my vote for the BEST LOOKING BAD BOY.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Outstanding

    This movie is very realistic. This is a difficult subject to deal with. I like the fact that the movie did not make excuses for the woman having an affair. She just got way over her head. The movie showed how she destroyed her family without the movie preaching morals.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This movie is HOT!

    I saw this when it came out in the theater and it was so hot it made all the women in the theater squirm. I was one of them. Diane Lane's performance is intense. I read she had a drink or two before doing some of the love scenes. I can imagine! I'm definitely going to buy this DVD!

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