Movieline's Hollywood Life -
"...Figgis is a master cinematic storyteller. Here he creates drama with his camera in the breathtaking opening scenes..."
USA Today - 11/14/1997
"...The acting hits all the right notes..." -- 3 out of 4 stars
Chicago Sun-Times - 11/14/1997
"...Well acted and written....[Kinski] is warm and fetching..."
ONE NIGHT STAND is director Mike Figgis's morality play about casual sex in the age of AIDS. Max Carlyle (Wesley Snipes) travels to see his old friend Charlie (Robert Downey, Jr.) in New York and winds up in an act of infidelity with a beautiful stranger named Karen (Nastassja Kinski). Max's one night stand is not a source of fear or guilt, but rather a crisis that leads him to question the life he's built and is so easily convinced to betray. That life, as a family man and director of shallow commercials in Los Angeles, is best embodied in his demanding wife Mimi, a Hollywood socialite who only connects with her husband on apparently superficial levels. Mimi is played by Ming-Na Wen, who steals the show in her supporting role (except when Robert Downey, Jr. is on the screen, stealing the show even more in his supporting role as Max's friend, who is dying of AIDS). Making subtle use of his multiracial cast, writer-director Mike Figgis has crafted a dramatic tale about love, sex, and betrayal.
A chance sexual encounter between a married Los Angeles-based TV director and a mysterious New Yorker resonates in all the lives involved when, one year later, the director discovers that his brother's fetching wife is the same woman with whom he cheated. ONE NIGHT STAND is a dramatically spare, moody ensemble piece rich with the emotional tension wrought by the demands of fidelity in the age of HIV.
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The film was shot on location in New York and Los Angeles.
Director Mike Figgis wrote the film's score, and recorded it with a full orchestra.
Joe Eszterhas wrote the original script, but asked to have his name removed after seeing Figgis's rewrite.
Wesley Snipes won a Best Actor award at the Venice Film Festival for his role in the film.