1999   USA Magnolia
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Director:Paul Thomas Anderson
Studio:New Line Home Video
Writer:Paul Thomas Anderson
IMDb Rating:8.0 (139,714 votes)
Awards:Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 18 wins & 35 nominations
Duration:188 min
Paul Thomas Anderson  ...  (Director)
Paul Thomas Anderson  ...  (Writer)
Julianne Moore  ...  Linda Partridge
William H. Macy  ...  Donnie Smith
John C. Reilly  ...  Officer Jim Kurring
Tom Cruise  ...  Frank T.J. Mackey
Philip Baker Hall  ...  Jimmy Gator
Philip Seymour Hoffman  ...  Phil Parma
Jason Robards  ...  Earl Partridge
Alfred Molina  ...  Solomon Solomon
Melora Walters  ...  Claudia Wilson Gator
Michael Bowen  ...  Rick Spector
Ricky Jay  ...  Burt Ramsey
Jeremy Blackman  ...  Stanley Spector
Melinda Dillon  ...  Rose Gator
April Grace  ...  Gwenovier
Luis Guzmán  ...  Luis (as Luis Guzman)
Henry Gibson  ...  
Robert Elswit  ...  Cinematographer
Comments: I started watching this film several times, from different places, and never thought I would become attached to it. Sometimes it seems like the director lets the story get lost and just concentrates on the scene for the sake of the scene. Other times the story lines overwhelm in their intricacy. BOOGIE NIGHTS, MAGNOLIA, THERE WILL BE BLOOD. Hmmm. Pay attention.

Summary: 24 hours in L.A.; it's raining cats and dogs. Two parallel and intercut stories dramatize men about to die: both are estranged from a grown child, both want to make contact, and neither child wants anything to do with dad. Earl Partridge's son is a charismatic misogynist; Jimmy Gator's daughter is a cokehead and waif. A mild and caring nurse intercedes for Earl, reaching the son; a prayerful and upright beat cop meets the daughter, is attracted to her, and leads her toward a new calm. Meanwhile, guilt consumes Earl's young wife, while two whiz kids, one grown and a loser and the other young and pressured, face their situations. The weather, too, is quirky.

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