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The Designated Mourner (1997)

R | | Drama | 23 May 1997 (USA)
Jack and Judy are husband and wife, and Howard is Judys father. They live in some fictional undemocratic and repressive country, and tell us a story about their lives, mostly from Jack's ... See full summary »

Director:

David Hare

Writers:

Wallace Shawn (play), Wallace Shawn
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Mike Nichols ... Jack
Miranda Richardson ... Judy
David de Keyser David de Keyser ... Howard (as David De Keyser)
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Storyline

Jack and Judy are husband and wife, and Howard is Judys father. They live in some fictional undemocratic and repressive country, and tell us a story about their lives, mostly from Jack's point of view. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language
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Official Sites:

First Look Pictures

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 May 1997 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$215,292

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$215,292
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Jack: Stories are as necessary as food.
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a haunting myth that anyone can connect with on some level
3 September 2005 | by Riel41See all my reviews

I stumbled across this film late one night, as if i had stumbled into a dream, one i couldn't draw myself from.

The lack of set puts all emphasis on the long monologues, which are delivered with such riveting feeling that the character's words fail not to touch you in someway.The script seems split between drawing from reality's loneliness and hurt, and poetry's cutting imagery and sentiment, which altogether creates some haunting myth.The entire cast (numbering but three and including a fabulous Miranda Richardson)are thoroughly engaging-Mike Nickols carries the film admirably-their characters seem locked in the retelling of the story, utterly lost in the memories and who can help but reflect the feelings of identity and loneliness upon themselves.


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