DVD 101 mins IMDB 6.5 (3,639 votes)
Laurel Canyon
Sony Pictures Classics (2002)
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Drama, Music
USA  /  English

Frances McDormand Jane
Christian Bale Sam
Kate Beckinsale Alex
Natascha McElhone Sara
Alessandro Nivola Ian
Lou Barlow Fripp (as Louis Knox Barlow)
Russell Pollard Rowan
Imaad Wasif Dean
Mickey Petralia Mickey
Melissa De Sousa Claudia
Alexandra Carter Darla
Michelle DeMirjian China (as Michelle Demirjian)
Rick Gonzalez Wyatt
Dennis Howard Mr. Elliot
Catherine McGoohan Mrs. Elliot

Director Lisa Cholodenko
Producer Jeff Levy-Hinte; Susan A. Stover
Writer Lisa Cholodenko
Cinematography Wally Pfister
Musician Daniel Lanois; Mark Linkous; Justin Meldal-Johnsen; Craig Wedren
User Credit 1 Amy E. Duddleston
User Credit 2 Cindy Evans

Writer/director Lisa Cholodenko follows up her much-acclaimed 1997 debut High Art with this examination of a young couple seduced into a hedonistic, left-coast lifestyle. Taking its title from its central locale, Laurel Canyon focuses on a pair of upper-middle class lovebirds from the East Coast who relocate to Los Angeles. Freshly minted from Harvard, Sam (Christian Bale) and Alex (Kate Beckinsale) are eager to continue their medical studies out West, but they need some lodging while they hunt for a home. Enter Jane (Frances McDormand), Sam's estranged, Age-of-Aquarius mom, who's more than willing to put the couple up in her lavish digs. Jane is a successful record producer whose latest charge — both in the studio and in her bedroom — is Ian (Alessandro Nivola), a brazen, libidinous twentysomething Brit-rocker. As Sam and Alex settle in at Jane's, they gradually lose their straight-and-narrow approach to life and begin to experiment. Alex takes to Ian and Jane, while Sam is wooed by co-worker Sara (Natascha McElhone). Laurel Canyon features a score by Shudder to Think's Craig Wedren; the music for Ian's band was provided by Sparklehorse's Mark Linkous and indie-rockers Folk Implosion. — Michael Hastings

Edition Details
Barcode 043396002166
Region Region 1
Chapters 28
Release Date 7/15/2003
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color
Subtitles French
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Director Commentary
Cast and Crew Bios
Theatrical Trailers
Personal Details
User Lookup 1 DVD Copy
User Text 1 Sexuality, language and drug use.
User Text 2 On the road to the perfect life, Sam & Alex took a little detour.
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Trivia: Joni Mitchell, who was Lisa Cholodenko's inspiration for the Jane character, is among the musicians in Jane's photo gallery. (more)

Goofs: Continuity: The album-wrap party takes place in a suite on an upper floor of the Chateau Marmont (we see Ian order more champagne for the "penthouse suite", and the view from the balcony is clearly an upper floor). Yet when Sam storms out of the suite, then runs downstairs while arguing with Jane, they only descend one flight before reaching the lobby. There is a cut, but the dialog implies that no time was cut from their descent. (more)

Quotes: Sara: [on the phone with Sam] I can't control my heart... I wouldn't want to, even if I could. (more)

Awards: 2 wins & 5 nominations (more)