18 certificateMagnolia is a Film programme that first aired in 1999 and has been classified a 18 certificate.

Magnolia is a 5 star programme

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Magnolia (1999)

Directed by
Paul Thomas Anderson

Normally a run time of three hours for a film causes eye-glazing, but Paul Thomas Anderson's Oscar-nominated epic is riveting, from the opening narration to the closing shot.

Multi-layered, it follows the lives of a group of Los Angeles residents over 24 hours, from TV stars to a cop, from a nurse to a failed quiz-show contestant. Some of the residents are related, others work together, yet others' lives just happen to coincide. There are crimes, death, romance, shattered dreams, all underpinned by a score from Aimee Mann that successfully counterpoints the action.

If there is a centre, it is the dying TV producer Earl Partridge (Jason Robards Sr., pictured), his genuinely grief-stricken wife Linda (Julianne Moore) and his estranged son Frank Mackey (Tom Cruise), who runs a series of successful seminars telling men how to seduce - then dump - women.

Peripheral, but equally compelling, are Jimmy Gator (Philip Baker Hall), host of a popular kid's quiz show, Donnie Smith (William H. Macy), once a quiz star, now reduced to crime to pay for dental work and cop Jim Curring (John C. Reilly), who sees his job as much as a Samaritan as a law officer. But they are just a few of the characters who inhabit the film which has been compared to Robert Altman's best work.

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Genre: Film

Production Year: 1999

5/5 Stars

Classification: 18 Certificate

Production Country: USA

Filmed in Colour


Image for Julianne MooreJulianne Moore...Linda Partridge
Image for Tom CruiseTom Cruise...Frank T.J. Mackey
Image for William H. MacyWilliam H. Macy...Donnie Smith
Image for John C. ReillyJohn C. Reilly...Jim Kurring
Image for Philip Baker HallPhilip Baker Hall...Jimmy Gator
Image for Jason Robards Sr.Jason Robards Sr....Earl Partridge
Image for Philip Seymour HoffmanPhilip Seymour Hoffman...Phil Parma
Image for Alfred MolinaAlfred Molina...Solomon Solomon
Melora Walters...Claudia Wilson Gator
Michael Bowen...Rick Spector
Ricky Jay...Burt Ramsey/Narrator
Jeremy Blackman...Stanley Spector
Melinda Dillon...Rose Gator
April Grace...Gwenovier
Luis Guzmán...Luis