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188 min.
United States United States
Paul Thomas Anderson
Jon Brion
Robert Elswit
New Line Cinema, Ghoulardi Film Company, The Magnolia Project
Drama | Melodrama. Ensemble Film. Cult Movie
In a single day in Los Angeles, a number of interconnected lives are changed forever. A lonely police officer (John C. Reilly) falls in love with a disturbed cocaine addict (Melora Walters). Her father (Philip Baker Hall), the host of the game show "What Do Kids Know?" has terminal cancer and tries to make amends for his past mistakes. A former champion of the show (William H. Macy) struggles to find love while the current champion (Jeremy Blackman) suffocates under the pressures of being a boy genius. An elderly man (Jason Robards) lies on his deathbed, tended by nurse Phil Parma (Philip Seymour Hoffman), while his trophy wife (Julianne Moore) wrestles with grief and guilt, and his estranged son (Tom Cruise), an infomercial host, teaches workshops on how to trick women into having sex. Throughout all of this, past deeds are lamented and strange forces loom in the air.
1999: 3 Nominations for Oscar: Best Supporting Actor (Tom Cruise), Song, Screenplay
1999: Golden Globes: Best Supporting Actor (Tom Cruise). 2 Nominations
1999: 3 Awards National Board of Review: Best Cast, Supp. Actor and Supp. Actress
2000: Berlin Film Festival: Golden Bear - Best Movie
2000: Guldbagge Awards (Sweden): Best Foreign Film
1999: Critics' Choice Awards: Nominated for Best Film
1999: Chicago Film Critics Awards: Best Supporting Actor (Cruise). 4 Nominations
1999: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Original Screenplay
1999: Screen Actors Guild (SAG): 3 Nominations inc. Best Performance by Cast in a Motion Picture
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