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- Rated: R
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 41 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: March 21, 2006
- Originally Released: 2005
- Label: Sony Pictures
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Peter Sarsgaard, Campbell Scott & Patricia Clarkson|
|Performer:||Robin Bartlett, Bill Camp & Thomas Jay Ryan|
|Directed by||Craig Lucas|
|Screenwriting by||Craig Lucas|
|Composition by||Steve Reich|
|Produced by||Campbell Scott & George VanBuskirk|
|Director of Photography:||Bobby Bukowski|
|Executive Production by||David Newman|
Rating: C+ -- The movie always feels as if it's on the verge of a major discovery. It ends without convincing us that any such discovery has been made.
Denver Rocky Mountain News
Rating: 3/5 -- finds it difficult to infuse humanity into a character who essentially functions as a dramatic device
Rating: 3/5 -- An absorbing, fascinating film, but disturbing and a little grim. Full Review
[E]ngagingly claustrophobic....Fine acting from all, especially Sarsgaard and Clarkson...
Movieline's Hollywood Life
Sound silly? Well, it is, plus passé (as so many techno-concerned conceits soon become), self-indulgent and nihilistically nasty in tone. Full Review
Film Journal International
[A] sublimely acted film and a high point in the careers of its three stars...
New York Times
Rating: 3/4 -- [E]xcept for some problems in the middle act, the movie is easy to swallow. Full Review
Minneapolis Star Tribune
In his directorial debut, award-winning playwright and screenwriter Craig Lucas (PRELUDE TO A KISS, THE SECRET LIVES OF DENTISTS) has adapted his play THE DYING GAUL into a gripping romantic thriller of love and deception. Set in Hollywood, THE DYING GAUL tells the story of Robert (Peter Sarsgaard), a bisexual screenwriter who is offered a large sum of money by a studio executive (Campbell Scott as Jeffrey) for his latest script -- as long as he changes one of the characters from a man to a woman so the movie will not be about a gay man dying of AIDS. At first Robert refuses to compromise his vision, but after being encouraged and harassed by both Jeffrey and Jeffrey's wife, Elaine (Patricia Clarkson), he accepts the deal. But as he attempts to alter his very personal script, he is haunted by visions of his dead boyfriend, Malcolm (Bill Camp); meanwhile, Jeffrey begins to show a sexual interest in him, and Elaine is also intrigued by the very serious writer -- enough so to start an anonymous relationship with him in an online gay chatroom. As secrets are revealed and worlds collide, Jeffrey, Elaine, and Robert are forced to face some hard truths that turn to thoughts of murder. Lucas's noirish tale is filled with intricate detail and pinpoint acting, expanding his stage production into a thoroughly satisfying and thought-provoking film that is reminiscent of such Hollywood classics as THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, THE PLAYER, and IN A LONELY PLACE.
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