Magnolia

Magnolia

Paul Thomas Anderson (1999)

180min
18 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights) sealed his growing reputation as one of Hollywood's most ambitious and audacious film-makers with this dark, daring and dazzling take on Robert Altman's Short Cuts. Boldly tossing storytelling conventions out the window, Anderson's offbeat epic charts 24 hours in the weird and wonderful lives of a group of San Fernando Valley inhabitants. The cast is superb, with Tom Cruise's supremely arrogant sex guru standing out. But Jason Robards, Julianne Moore, Melora Walters, John C Reilly and William H Macy are also brilliant in their one-of-a-kind roles. Although the running time is a little indulgent, the film's increasingly frantic pace, manic camerawork and unpredictable scenarios command the attention, while the climactic foray into Twilight Zone territory will leave you gasping.

Summary

The lives of nine Los Angeles residents, each facing their own problems and issues, begin to intersect over the course of one day. A misogynistic motivational speaker faces a reunion with his dying father, a TV presenter learns he has terminal cancer, and a former child genius looks back on a disappointing life. Paul Thomas Anderson's drama, starring Tom Cruise, Jason Robards, Julianne Moore, William H Macy, Philip Seymour Hoffman and John C Reilly.

Cast & Crew

Frank T J Mackey Tom Cruise
Linda Partridge Julianne Moore
Quiz Kid Donnie Smith William H Macy
Phil Parma Philip Seymour Hoffman
Claudia Wilson Gator Melora Walters
Jim Kurring John C Reilly
Earl Partridge Jason Robards
Jimmy Gator Philip Baker Hall
Stanley Spector Jeremy Blackman
Rose Gator Melinda Dillon
Gwenovier April Grace
Luis Luis Guzman
Burt Ramsey Ricky Jay
Worm Orlando Jones
Solomon Solomon Alfred Molina
Alan Kligman, Esq Michael Murphy (1)
Thurston Howell Henry Gibson
Rick Spector Michael Bowen
Young Jimmy Gator Thomas Jane
Cynthia Felicity Huffman
Dixon Emmanuel L Johnson
Dr Landon Don McManus
Mary Eileen Ryan
Dick Jennings Danny Wells
Sir Edmund William Godfrey Pat Healy
Faye Barringer Miriam Margolyes
Director Paul Thomas Anderson
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: EntertainmentGuidance: Contains violence, swearing, sex scenes, drug abuse and nudity. Available on: video and DVDReleased on: 17 Mar 2000
Drama