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White Palace (1990)

Susan Sarandon , James Spader , Luis Mandoki  |  R |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Susan Sarandon, James Spader, Jason Alexander, Kathy Bates
  • Directors: Luis Mandoki
  • Writers: Ted Tally, Alvin Sargent
  • Producers: Mark Rosenberg, Amy Robinson, Griffin Dunne
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: March 1, 2005
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006IIPLM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,858 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "White Palace" on IMDb

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Susan Sarandon and James Spader give powerful performances in this steamy, critically acclaimed love story from director Luis Mandoki. Max Baron (Spader) is a successful St. Louis advertising executive who's been in mourning since the death of his young wife. A chance late-night encounter introduces him to Nora Baker (Sarandon), and unexpectedly turns his life upside-down.An earthy, vibrant and fiercely independent woman, Nora works in a hamburger joint, lives on the wrong side of town and has at least 15 years on Max. Yet despite their differences, Max finds himself hopelessly in love in this touching offbeat romance, co-starring Eileen Brennan.

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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars for the film, 1 star for the dvd March 17, 2005
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Having drooled over the Goodtimes dvd for years now, I did a flip and a half when I saw Universal was releasing a widescreen dvd of this superhot love story. I refrained from doing two flips when I remembered it was Universal and then saw no mention of special features. What? Look at the potential for bonuses! There was an alternate ending, there were deleted scenes, how about a featurette?! Argh! I just wept and wept. And then months later the release date comes, I tear the dvd open and the movie starts automatically - I hit menu and get the nagging old "operation prohibited by disc" usually reserved for fast forwarding through those tired old FBI warnings. There's not even a menu! No scene selection. Geez. Do these corporate monoliths now require movies to be no older than 5 days old to have simple menus? I'd like to sit down and analyze the brilliance of Sarandon and Spader, note how Spader's hair changes near the end because of reshoots, but I'm just too raving mad at Universal right now.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars why the bare bones version May 28, 2005
By ecurb
I had been searching for this dvd for about 3 years now and had no luck as it was out of print. Then finally I found it and at only 9.99 But then again this is Universal were talking bout here, so why have such a goregous movie and do a bare bones version. There was no menu what so ever and nothing extra at all. I would be willing to pay more for a special edition. The movie itself wal extra sharp looking and the audio was outstanding the big plus is that it was wide screen. Universal people dont care for cheap dvds when they are bare boned versions
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sex, Lies and a Hamburger Joint January 26, 2001
Luis Mandoki seems to be akin to dour and depressing pieces (Message In A Bottle, When A Man Loves A Woman) but works his somber mystique to greater effect in this undervalued ditty of opposites attracting. This improbable tale of true love begins with 27-year-old Max Baron (Spader) wallowing in self-pity over the recent death of his wife and suffering the annoyance of bad service from a scanty burger joint called White Palace (think White Castle and you have a good idea of how scanty they are). Retreating from a friend's bachelor party to haggle over six missing burgers, he harries a tired gal named Nora Baker and receives a gruff riposte from the steely waitress. Later that night after the party favors and burgers have run out, Max solemnly retreats to a local bar for a drink and finds Nora hunched over the counter swigging vodka tonics and eyeing him like a scrumptious prize. He rebuffs her every blatant sexual advance, but all the same she follows him outside begging him for a ride home. They arrive at her cluttered domicile and Max is immediately sickened by the filth that surrounds him, insisting that he is okay to drive himself home. Nora is adamant about him staying the night and the minute he is asleep, her lusty impulses take over and she seduces her inebriated guest right on her couch.
Thus begins the unlikely and somewhat clichéd rapport between a wealthy Jewish widower and a 40-something gal from the wrong side of the tracks with a closet full of skeletons. The two main characters don't really have any compatibility other than their sympathies for the others' personal tragedy (of Nora's, you will find the truth about later on in the movie). Little else draws them to one another besides their ravenous sexual appetites.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Romance Can Come When You Least Expect It. February 19, 2002
By Hillary
Format:VHS Tape
James Spader, a personal favorite of mine, stars with Susan Sarandon in this entertaining adaption of the Glenn Savan novel. I own and read that too, and although a book is ALWAYS deeper in detail, I was not disappointed with this film.

Max Baron, a twenty seven year old Jewish widower coming from his buddy Neil's (Jason Alexander, pre Costanza) bachelor party, meets poor white anglo trash waitress Nora (Susan Sarandon) at "White Palace" restaurant. He has come to claim six empty boxes that should have had burgers in them. Instead he gets no burgers, just a refund and lots of attitude from a beligerent Nora behind the register.

After being thoroughly depressed and feeling sorry for his loss more than ever, Max gets drunk. On his way home, he stops in a country music bar for a nightcap. A few gulps later, he is spotted by a cigarette puffing drunken Nora, attracted to Max, she is therefore, swilling AND willing. I don't think ANYONE would actually need drinks to find Spader attractive though.

After Max relents and lets Nora stay and have a drink, despite being surlier earlier...they end up back at her place. It is then, that two consenting, inebriated adults begin their December/May romance.

What Max had intended as one night stand, somehow ends up being true love, despite the ethnic differences, social status disparity, and disapproving friends and family. Max and Nora make-up, and break-up, and come to a crossroads in their relationship, but true love conquers all.

All the performances from the leads are well executed, you feel for Max. His analogy at a party, where his friends are trying to find him a more suitable mate is terrific. When asked if he likes the girl, Max's says, "There's No dust in her dustbuster!
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5.0 out of 5 stars good steamy dvd
I saw this movie many years ago and just wanted to have it in my library. Its such a different one and I always wondered what happened like 10 or 15 years later in their... Read more
Published 7 days ago by eve
5.0 out of 5 stars What's not to love about Susan Sarandon?
Great movie that I saw years ago and will watch again multiple times in the future. Ranks up there with the newer version of Thomas
Crown Affair with Pierce Brosnan. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Suzanne M. Ridley
4.0 out of 5 stars Adult romance
Another James Spader film with the added advantage of also having Susan Sarandon at her 'sexy' best. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Annette Radocaj
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh my
This was one of the first times I was really growing fond of James Spader. As a young actor he is very convincing and as he has aged he has just gotten better and better. Read more
Published 19 days ago by W, Louise Lightfoot
5.0 out of 5 stars Steamy Story
I had watched this movie on TV years ago and loved it to death. One day I was discussing movies starring James Spader with a friend of mine and I realized he had starred in... Read more
Published 22 days ago by M Zembrzuski
5.0 out of 5 stars I really like this movie
I'm a James Spader fan, and this movie I saw quite awhile ago. I like I then, and decided to buy it for my collection.
Published 1 month ago by Joann C. Supulski
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT MOVIE A MUST WATCH!!
Starting watching on tv but was interrupted. I decided to order it and very pleased I did. Wonderful love story..
Published 2 months ago by Byrta
4.0 out of 5 stars good
i like it and im glad it came on time, it was at an awesome affordable price, yes i recommend it
Published 2 months ago by Erica
2.0 out of 5 stars NOT FOR ME
I guess if you like this type of movie it would be good. I ordred this for a friend for the holidays she loved it.
Published 2 months ago by Donita Myrick
4.0 out of 5 stars White Palace Movie
For those of you who enjoy James Spader's work, you'll not be disappointed in this steamy film with Susan Sarandon. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Richard L. Honnick
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