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A Single Man (2009)

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An English professor, one year after the sudden death of his boyfriend, is unable to cope with his typical days in 1960s Los Angeles.

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It's November 30, 1962. Native Brit George Falconer, an English professor at a Los Angeles area college, is finding it difficult to cope with life. Jim, his personal partner of sixteen years, died in a car accident eight months earlier when he was visiting with family. Jim's family were not going to tell George of the death or accident, let alone allow him to attend the funeral. This day, George has decided to get his affairs in order before he will commit suicide that evening. As he routinely and fastidiously prepares for the suicide and post suicide, George reminisces about his life with Jim. But George spends this day with various people, who see a man sadder than usual and who affect his own thoughts about what he is going to do. Those people include Carlos, a Spanish immigrant/aspiring actor/gigolo recently arrived in Los Angeles; Charley, his best friend who he knew from England, she who is a drama queen of a woman who romantically desires her best friend despite his sexual ... Written by Huggo

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for some disturbing images and nudity/sexual content | See all certifications »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)

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$217,332 (USA) (11 December 2009)

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$9,166,863 (USA) (16 April 2010)
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On the couch, Jim reads 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' by Truman Capote. Lee Pace appeared in Infamous (2006), which chronicles Capote's life during the writing of In Cold Blood. See more »

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Jullianne Moore's hairdo goes through numerous changes during their evening at her home. Sometimes the curls are tighter and then looser. Once the bang is heavy and then it is lighter. See more »

Quotes

George: Looking in the mirror staring back at me isn't so much a face as the expression of a predicament.
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Referenced in 500 Questions: Episode #2.3 (2016) See more »

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George's Waltz 1
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Written and Performed by Shigeru Umebayashi
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The Power Of Love
18 September 2009 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

A stunning outing for Tom Ford. The images are, clearly, out of an aesthete's mind without being shallow, ever. I believe there is a dramatic reason behind every frame. Colin Firth, looking truly handsome, goes through a day of torment with remarkable civility. I felt involved and shaken and couldn't help but make mine his pain. The flashbacks with Matthew Goode are truly vivid and truthful. This is a step forward in explaining through images that love is love no matter who you are, where you come from or what your circumstances are. It could have been a man and a woman, the fact that it's a man and a man is almost irrelevant. We recognize the feel of it and Colin Firth's performance is the magic stroke that makes that not only possible but natural. It is a sensational debut for fashion star Tom Ford. True to himself an artist that promises great, wonderful things for the future. I can't wait.


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