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Afterglow (1997)

Nick Nolte , Julie Christie , Alan Rudolph  |  R |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Nick Nolte, Julie Christie, Lara Flynn Boyle, Jonny Lee Miller, Jay Underwood
  • Directors: Alan Rudolph
  • Producers: Robert Altman
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 14, 2003
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000BXMZ1
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,203 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Afterglow" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Nick Nolte, Julie Christie, Lara Flynn Boyle and Trainspotting's Jonny Lee Miller star in director Alan Rudolph's wry romance about a handyman who wreaks havoc and builds romance in two marriages. Desperate to have a baby, Marianne hires Lucky Mann to remodel a nursery. There's just one problem: Marianne's not pregnant and her husband isn't interested in sex. So what's a handyman to do? Intimate,intelligent, reckless and romantic, "you'll delight in this one and you'll leave in an AFTERGLOW ofpleasure!" Gene Shalit, Today, NBC-TV

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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A slow, intelligent and witty film, Afterglow is perhaps one of the better testament about falling out of love and back. Julie Christie gives a moving performance as a washed-up actress looking back at her heydays and wondering where it all went. Nick Nolte playing her philandering husband certainly displays his devilish charm that makes him both irresistible in movies and in real life. But perhaps one of the most understated roles is that of Lara Flynn Boyle. She plays the dissatisfied housewife looking for a little sexual excitement that her husband (Johnny Miller) has failed to give her. She's quirky, sexy, and wonderful to watch. For anybody who wants to see a moving and wonderful love story, they should really see this film.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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Here's Julie Christie more beautiful, more enchanting, sexier than she has been since her role in Doctor Zhivago thirty years ago. She's an ageless wonder, delicate and sweet while also being smart and tough. Her performance as Phyllis Mann, a washed up B-Movie actress is entrancing, so much so that when viewing the film, I found myself ignoring the other actors while she was on screen. I couldn't take my eyes from her for a moment, though that's no slander at her co-stars. Nick Nolte is as watchable and likable as ever as Christie's philandering husband. Lara Flynn Boyle and Johnny Lee Miller have never really been my cup of tea, but perform complex parts with admirable skill. They are a young couple with all the material possessions in the world but separated by an emotional iciness between them. Boyle wants a child while Miller does not, so she turns to handyman Nolte. Miller happens to meet Christie and becomes fascinated by her while she allows herself to be seduced as much out of revenge as curiosity. The film is stylishly directed by Alan Rudolph and I give special credit to cinematographer Toyomichi Kurita for his excellent camera work, though I envy him for getting to stare through his lens every day to see Julie Christie before him. A touching film with fine performances all around, with Christie the standout(yet again).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical tale of love lost & re-discovered August 3, 1999
By A Customer
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Ok, so it took my second attempt to see it all the way through, but boy was it worth it! Christie is magical in her portrayal. Not to be missed. Not for one seeking a creampuff light romance.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another brilliant, whimsical triumph from Alan Rudolph December 21, 1998
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Once again, Alan Rudolph shows why he is one of the best directors working in film. As a result of superb casting, a wonderful script, and gorgeous photography, he has managed to capture once again the contradictions of modern life and love. Immensely entertaining, this film picks up where his "Love at Large" left off. This film will entertain everyone with its sense of joie de vivre and irony.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A bittersweet tale of marriage and infidelity. April 17, 1999
By A Customer
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Julie Christie can convey more emotions with a single glance, or a drag from a cigarette, than any actress in recent cinema history. Pity that we do not see more of her on the screen, and how sad it is that she lost the Academy Award to Helen Hunt in her "made-for-TV" performance in "As Good As It Gets." Fine performances by the ensemble cast.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By WoodyWW
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I don't get giving this film 2 stars. 3, I could understand. 4 is more like it.....

IMO, Nick Nolte is under-rated, & totally nails every role he's ever been in. Julie Christie is a Film Goddess, & I would watch her.....well, if there were a movie of Julie Christie clipping her toenails, I'd watch it over & over. And Lara Flynn Boyle is just as sexy & smart as she was in "Twin Peaks", only more so.

Is the movie perfect? No, but, it's close. If you love kind of off-beat films, or love Julie Christie, you need to see this, & maybe own it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Julie Christie Triumph January 23, 1999
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Okay, so its flawed, especially in casting Nick Nolte as the man about town. His appeal is not very believable although he and Johnny Lee Miller do finally find their groove in their scenes opposite Christie. Miller tries hard to make some sense of his elliptically written character, and looks so good that one hardly cares when his lines are ludicrous.
The real treasure in the movie are its actresses. Julie Christie and Lara Flynn Boyle do all that they can with what's written for them (at times, a little too much), and Christie really manages to give this movie a heart and soul. She should have won the Oscar (but lost to Helen Hunt playing Helen Hunt in As Good As it Gets). Christie is arguably our most cinematic actress. One cannot imagine how she would emote on stage. Her face conveys everything, said and unsaid, hidden and obvious, and in playing for the camera as only she can do, she does for this movie what she did for Dr. Zhivago: she gives it a little life.
See it, you won't be sorry. Nice mellow music, too....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A seventies movie for the new millennium February 13, 2000
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I rented this video as I like the combination of Nick Nolte and and especially Julie Christie who we do not see much of these days. But this is a relaxing movie definitely an afterglow over a bottle of red wine. I thought the acting was good and the film had a relaxed feel about it but never boring. Overall if you wish to see a leisurely well acted film on perhaps a moonlit evening then this is for you. Julie Christie has never been this good since "Don't look now".
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Still, ugh...
Published 2 months ago by annie60
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
This film is touching, funny, quirky, and just plain great. All where acting at their best, but Julie Christie, as always seems to throw away the script and scenery and just be... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Neil Merrick
1.0 out of 5 stars I Just Dislike This Plot.
Nolte (and I'm a fan of his) is wasted on this movie. If I am very lucky I will forget that I ever saw this movie. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Joseph L. Burke
5.0 out of 5 stars Afterglow (the movie) with Nick Nolte and Julie Christie
A slice of life including humor and high drama. A tour de force in terms of acting for both Nolte and Christie in my opinion. Read more
Published 18 months ago by ChancesR
3.0 out of 5 stars Exposing one-night stands, and psychological burnout ... will surprise...
Afterglow (1997) will surprise viewers giving this movie a chance
on their DVD players, for the simple reason that it's more than a
psychological drama; more than a movie... Read more
Published on September 11, 2011 by Pork Chop
2.0 out of 5 stars be prepared with a big bottle of sterilizing solution
ive done my darnedest to forget this movie i watched 3 months back. despite the presence of nick nolte and julie christie (two actors i usually like) i found this just another... Read more
Published on March 20, 2007 by Jonathan Lapin
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointing
I really wanted to like this movie, but, in the end, it just wouldn't let me. The pace was slow but the characters seemed to have interesting possiblilties at first. Read more
Published on July 19, 2005 by R. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars An smart odd film about Romance.
When a Key Repairman (Nick Nolte) cheats on his Attractive Wife (Julie Chrsitie in a Oscar Nominated Role), a has been actress for a younger woman (Lara Flynn Boyle) but when his... Read more
Published on January 15, 2002 by Christian Pelchat
2.0 out of 5 stars Old Roses, Young Weeds
A fading light that illuminates the day, when it's too late to change anything about it, is the Afterglow. Read more
Published on March 5, 2001 by Mr. Cairene
2.0 out of 5 stars Afterburn
Christie and Boyle sink their teeth into great parts but this love rectangle unfolds too slowly to be that entertaining. Read more
Published on February 27, 2001 by "abdoe"
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