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MPAA Rating - R

Length:
    103 Minutes

Genre:
    Romance

Original Release Date:
    May 1, 2001

Director
    Luis Mandoki

Cast
    Susan Sarandon, James Spader, Jason Alexander, Kathy Bates, Eileen Brennan

 
Movie Summary
Screenwriters Ted Tally and Alvin Sargent adapted the novel by Glenn Savan into this intelligent comedy-drama about a May-December omance where the woman is the senior partner. James Spader is Max Baron, a 27-year-old St. Louis advertising executive who has completely shut himself off from the world in the two years since the auto accident death of his wife. When he meets free-spirited, 43-year-old burger joint waitress Nora Baker (Susan Sarandon), his attraction to the earthy, outspoken woman is immediate and overpowering. The difference in age isnt their only obstacle happiness: Noras into Marilyn Monroe, drinking beer, and lives in Dogtown, the citys low-rent district, while Max is cultured, sophisticated, and wealthy. Despite their differences, Max and Nora are alike in their suffering and in their deep need for connection, but their charged relationship is put to the emotional test when it becomes clear that Max is hiding his affair with Nora from his upper middle-class, Jewish social circle. White Palace co-stars Renée Taylor, Eileen Brennan, Kathy Bates, Jason Alexander, and Corey Parker. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide


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