White Palace (19-Oct-1990)|
Director: Luis Mandoki
Writers: Alvin Sargent; Ted Tally
From novel by: Glenn Savan
Review by Jerry Marcolina (posted on 19-May-2009)
This film is one of Susan Sarandon's finest accomplishments, as she shines, as a lower class waitress in a restaurant, that incidentally the name of the film "White Place", came from a true-to-life restaurant, this restaurant is popular in the midwest which is where the film was shot, e.g. the St. Louis Missouri area, the name of the restaurant was and still is called "White Castle", however, the movie company of course couldn't use the actual name White Castle without having to pour out many proceeds from the films success. Both James Spader, (Susan Sarandon's love interest), and Sarandon herself, do a remarkable job, showing everyone that even though you meet someone who may not be as upscale as yourself, true love rises above and beyond the expectations of what other friends and family may have for you. The movie never has a boring moment and I have watched it probably more than 15 times. A very interesting and caring film, filled with not only some comical moments, but some poignant and sad moments as well. I recommend watching this movie, I assure you'll love it.
Review by Jerry Marcolina (posted on 15-May-2009)
I originally watched "White Palace" when it first came out in the theaters. Noticing the gateway arch in the films scenery, I immediately recognized, it was being filmed in St. Louis Missouri which is only about 40 miles north of where I was born and raised. I was easily taken in by this film because Susan Sarandon, shows how diverse she can be throughout the entire film. We are to view her as a low class white woman who falls for a younger more classy gentleman, who finds her somewhat intriguing and hard to resit, yet doesn't feel comfortable to share her with his close personal friends, and finds several different avenues to bypass having to be seen with his new found love. Nora (played by Susan), makes no bones about who she is and is not ashamed of herself. She doesn't force herself upon her love interest either, they just seem to have an undivided love for one another. For those who have not seen the film the best part of the film deploys, when, Max (Spader) and Nora (Sarandon) find themselves invited to Max's friends party and Nora being singled out inconspicuously but noticeably by the other guests who have not yet met her. The wife of one of Max's friend accidentally walks in the restroom while Nora is coping a cigarette and begins to grill her with personal questions about her work and lifestyle, making her presence known by saying she feels that her friend Max is a "catch" and how could someone like "Nora" hook on to him and reel him in. Nora quickly catches this woman's drift and responds with a very quick and in-your-face comeback in retaliation to what she has said to her. It was brilliantly done. The final curtain call is when everyone is sitting down to dinner and the grooms father begins talking politics when Nora voices her opinion about how the people in the White House aren't such bad guys, which sparks an unwelcome response, that the next generation of children will inherit a lifetime of crippling debt, and this is where Sarandon shines because she places the groom's father where he needs to be which is in the doghouse with her response. It's a modern day love story but with poignant parts that nearly make you grab for a handkerchief. This is a 1990 flick but I promise you'll LOVE it. I have sent it over 15 times and it just keeps getting GOLDEN.
Review by anonymous (posted on 23-Aug-2006)
Young widower falls in love with
older woman after getting drunk with her in a bar and finding himself
in her bed the next morning. This is a sweet film and should appeal to
the middle aged lady who has fantasies of dating a younger guy. The
story and direction pretty much follow the Glen Savage novel.
Incidentally the author makes a brief appearance in the opening
sequence of the film. He's the little guy waiting in line for his
burger at White Palace burger house.
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