Magnolia Movie Review 1999

Information and Film Reviews for Magnolia the Movie

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It's a really long, frantic, and surreal look into a 24-hour series of interlocking stories, with a fine ensemble cast. Bad dads Jimmy Gator (Hall) and Earl Partridge (Robards) are both dying and estranged from their children--Jimmy's coke-addicted daughter, Claudia (Walters), and Earl's flashy motivational speaker son, Frank (Cruise). Earl's trophy wife Linda (Moore) is having a breakdown but he's being cared for by kind-hearted nurse Phil (Hoffman). And then there's a popular game show (of which Jimmy is the host) and its current and past quiz kids, and a rain of frogs, and everyone suddenly breaks into song, and, well, just watch it.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 188 minutes.

Cast and Crew

A Day in the Life. . ., Bad Dads, Death & the Afterlife, Marriage, Sex & Sexuality, Cops, Drug Use & Abuse, Look Ma! I'm on TV!, Terminal Illness, Reunited, Family Reunions
Paul Thomas Anderson
Jason Robards, Julianne Moore, Tom Cruise, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Philip Baker Hall, Melora Walters, John C. Reilly, Melinda Dillon, William H. Macy, Michael Bowen, Jeremy Blackman, Emmanuel Johnson
Robert Elswit
Paul Thomas Anderson
Jon Brion, Aimee Mann
New Line Cinema


Golden Globes 2000: Support. Actor (Cruise); Natl. Bd. of Review 1999: Support. Actor (Hoffman), Support. Actress (Moore).

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