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Magnolia (New Line Platinum Series) (1999)

Michael Bowen , Melinda Dillon , Paul Thomas Anderson  |  R |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (801 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michael Bowen, Melinda Dillon, Henry Gibson, Philip Baker Hall, Philip Seymour Hoffman
  • Directors: Paul Thomas Anderson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Special Edition, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 29, 2000
  • Run Time: 188 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (801 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003CWTI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,264 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Magnolia (New Line Platinum Series)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Two discs - disc two has supplemental material
  • Deleted scenes
  • Feature length "making of" documentary
  • TV spots
  • Aimee Mann "Save Me" music video

Editorial Reviews

An intriguing and entertaining study in characters going through varying levels of crisis and introspection. This psychological drama leads you in several different directions, weaving and intersecting various subplots and characters, from a brilliant Tom Cruise, as a self-proclaimed pied-piper, to a child forced to go on a TV game show and the pressures he faces from a ruthless father.

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216 of 236 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Controversial, engrossing, spellbinding...and WONDERFUL. September 2, 2000
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There have been many terrific reviews written by other Amazon members that go into great detail about why this film was fabulous or why it worked or didn't. So I won't waste time boiling down all of the stories going on in this film again.

"Magnolia" is a near masterpiece...

The reasons it was a box office dud are too numerous to mention, but they run the gamut from its confusing title - to the decision to keep super star Tom Cruise's name in the background - to the bad word-of-mouth recorded by rating services which survey people looking for conventional narratives and resolutions as they walk out of theaters.

I see 50 to 60 films a year (and not for a living), and I avoided "Magnolia" out of fear. Fear of wasting time, more important than wasting money. And another concern was the film's controversial resolution, the critical element that determines the success or failure of most movies with a mass audience. Now that I've seen "Magnolia" on video and have finally been able to philosophically, intellectually and logically string together its elements, there is no doubt that this is a wonderful accomplishment on film. "Magnolia" takes you on a journey whereby a master story teller challenges you to hang onto a breathtaking ride of images, content and music, and find the thread that strings everything, including the last 20 minutes...together in a way that makes sense.

Yes, the point of the movie is that there are things which defy scientific logic. "Magnolia" tackles this premise and applies it to human behavior in a dazzling kaleidoscope of aural, verbal and visual montages - which make it IMPOSSIBLE - to stop this film to come back to later. You're pulled into a whirlpool, asking yourself, how is all of this going to end?
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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I have never seen a better movie than "Magnolia" December 17, 2004
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There are scenes, and lines, in Magnolia that will stay with me for the rest of my life. The narrator saying periodically "And the book says, we may be through with the past, but the past ain't through with us." Aimee Mann singing "Wise Up" and "Save Me". Policeman Jim Kurring saying "Sometimes people need a little help. Sometimes people need to be forgiven. And sometimes they need to go to jail. But if you can forgive someone, well, that's the tough part. What can we forgive? Tough part of the job. Tough part of walking down the street." This is the most deeply human movie I have ever experienced.

If you can appreciate that a movie can touch your heart, can be something more than just simple entertainment, and can actually say something both simple and profound about the human condition, then you will love Magnolia. It is not easy watching. It is at turns foul-mouthed, confused, chaotic, irrational, depressing, uplifting, unrealistic, too realistic, unpredictable, heavily symbolic, violent, and unflinchingly, gut-wrenchingly honest in its portrayal of damaged characters trying to make sense of the wreckage of their lives. And yet, through all of this there is a beacon of hope and redemption that shines through, and most of the characters do find the strength to carry on. Watching Magnolia is like having an entire lifetime's worth of powerful emotions crammed into a three hour movie. If you have an open mind, and an open heart, you must see this movie. I have a hard time imagining how anyone will ever be able to make a better one.
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74 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars my kind of romance film July 11, 2000
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I work at one of the few theaters which had the opportunity to play the new film by writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson: Magnolia. When selling tickets and people ask me, "what is this Magnolia movie about?" I reply, "It's a story of chance and coincidence in the San Fernando Valley with a romance at its heart." This is rather vague and broad, but it is intriguing to the moviegoers. I do warn them that Tom Cruise's character, Frank T.J. Mackey, has some very graphic and harsh dialogue, and that the running time is long, but I would say that ninety percent of the audience walks out happy having seen such a beautiful film.
The film follows eleven characters through one rainy day which culminates in a sequence so forceful that you feel just as physically and mentally drained as those inside the celluloid. The eleven characters all branch off from an old man dying of cancer named Earl Partridge (Jason Robards) who lays in a bed through the whole movie. He is married to Linda (Julianne Moore) and is looked after by nurse Phil Parma (Phillip Seymour Hoffman). Earl's last wish is to speak with his son, Frank (Cruise).
Earl is also the executive producer of "the longest running quiz show on television: What Do Kids Know?" The TV game show is at an exciting point in its run for a new group of "Kids" led by Stanley Spector (Jeremy Blackman) is close to breaking the record for consecutive wins held by former quiz kid Donnie Smith (William H. Macy). Jimmy Gator (Phillip Baker Hall) is the host who is also dying of cancer. He has a wife, Rose (Melinda Dillon), and an estranged daughter of his own: Claudia (Melora Walters).
Claudia is addicted to cocaine and listens to her music way too loud.
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3.0 out of 5 stars He Had Me Until the Frogs
How much suffering, pain, and guilt can one movie hold? In this movie the answer is quite a lot. I realize that Mr. Anderson is a brilliant and creative writer and director. Read more
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FEOM that poster... """"Exodus 8:2 pops up several times in the film. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my top three all-time favorite movies. Fantastic soundtrack. And scenes you'll never forget...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
One of the best films I have ever watched.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent movie. 3 hours long but it didn't seem that long. Holds your attention throughout.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best films I've ever seen. Perfect pacing, perfect...
One of the best films I've ever seen. Perfect pacing, perfect performances. If you like other P.T. Anderson work such as Boogie Nights, Punch Drunk Love, There Will Be Blood, The... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Almost great
Really great in ways, but overwrought and melodramatic.
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4.0 out of 5 stars WOW! My mind hasn't processed it all yet.
WOW! My mind hasn't processed it all yet.
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I don't think so amigo. Just take a look on the picture of the back of the disc case. Only english and spanish.
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