DVD 101 mins IMDB 7.4 (26,204 votes)
R
Closer
Columbia Pictures (2004)
In Collection
#239

My Rating:
4

Seen It:
Yes
Drama, Romance
USA  /  English

Julia Roberts Anna
Jude Law Dan
Natalie Portman Alice
Clive Owen Larry
Nick Hobbs Taxi Driver
Colin Stinton Customs Officer
Steve Benham Car driver (uncredited)
Jaclynn Tiffany Brown Tourist (uncredited)
Michael Haley Smoking Man (uncredited)
Steve Morphew Bartender (uncredited)
Elizabeth Bower Chatty Exhibition Guest (uncredited)
Abdul Popoola Doctor (uncredited)
Animesh Raval Guy at Exhibition (uncredited)
Peter Rnic Bodyguard (uncredited)
Bret Yount Customs Officer (uncredited)

Director Mike Nichols
Producer Cary Brokaw; John Calley; Mike Nichols
Writer Patrick Marber
Cinematography Stephen Goldblatt
Musician Steven Patrick Morrissey
User Credit 1 John Bloom; Antonia Van Drimmelen
User Credit 2 Ann Roth

Patrick Marber's acclaimed stage drama about the romantic interactions of four people has been given a reverent screen adaptation by director and producer Mike Nichols. Dan (Jude Law) is a writer in London who wants to finish a novel, but in the meantime supports himself by writing obituaries. One day he chances upon Alice (Natalie Portman), a beautiful young American expatriate, when he sees her get hit by a car. Alice immediately falls for Dan, and gives him her love without reservation. Dan is initially enchanted with Alice, and returns her affection, but while she inspires him to write his novel (based on her life), her neediness begins to wear on him. Anna (Julia Roberts) is a photographer who is hired to take a portrait of Dan for the dust jacket of his book; Dan is attracted to her easy confidence, and while the two of them flirt, Anna soon (inadvertently through Dan's playful machinations) meets Larry (Clive Owen), a dermatologist, and marries him. Dan can't get Anna out of his mind even though she's married, and the two become lovers, but Dan is frustrated by the fact that Anna is reluctant to leave Larry for him. Patrick Marber wrote the screenplay for this adaptation of Closer; it was the playwright's first feature-film credit. — Mark Deming

Edition Details
Barcode 043396048478
Region Region 1
Release Date 3/29/2005
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Subtitles English; French
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Surround [CC]
ENGLISH: DTS 5.1 [CC]
Layers Single Side, Single Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Features
"The Blower's Daughter" Music Video
Trailers
Personal Details
User Lookup 1 DVD Copy
User Text 1 Sequences of graphic sexual dialogue, nudity/sexuality and language.
User Text 2 If you believe in love at first sight, you never stop looking.
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Notes
Trivia: The trailer includes several things that are not in the film.
  • different lighting when Anna and Dan kiss
  • shots of the driver of the car that hits Alice
  • a shot of Larry and Anna getting dressed
  • Larry telling Alice, "You women don't understand the territory, because you are the territory"
  • Anna asking Dan, "Why did you swear eternal love when all you wanted was excitement? Love bores you." Dan responds, "No, it disappoints me."
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Goofs: Continuity: At the opera, Anna's bottle of tonic changes position when different angles are shown. (more)

Quotes:
[first lines]
Alice: Hello, stranger.
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Awards: Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 8 wins & 17 nominations (more)