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One Night Stand 1997 R CC

(52) IMDb 5.9/10
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Mike Figgis (Leaving Las Vegas) directs this erotically charged love story that explores the passion and betrayal of a one stand.

Wesley Snipes, Nastassja Kinski
1 hour, 43 minutes

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Genres Drama, Romance
Director Mike Figgis
Starring Wesley Snipes, Nastassja Kinski
Supporting actors Kyle MacLachlan, Ming-Na Wen, Robert Downey Jr., Marcus T. Paulk, Natalie Trott, John Calley, Glenn Plummer, Amanda Donohoe, Zoë Nathenson, Thomas Haden Church, Vincent Ward, John Ratzenberger, Thomas Kopache, Annabelle Gurwitch, Susan Barnes, Michelle Jonas, Margaret Makinen, Mike Figgis
Studio Warner Bros.
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Eduardo Neecha on June 24, 2003
Format: DVD
In order to truly appreciate this film, you really need to compare it to another film on the same subject of random one-time infidelity that came out ten years earlier: 1987's "Fatal Attraction."
That film provided us with graphic voyeuristic pleasure alongside moralistic self-satisfaction, titillating us with a sensationalistic view of adulterous casual sex which leads to divine/karmic retribution as the spurned One-Time Other Woman morphs into a vengeful psycho. The message of "Fatal Attraction" was crystal clear and clicked with Reaganite America: stick to the safe and narrow, or terrible things will happen to you!
In contrast, 1997's "One Night Stand" implies the opposite: let things flow and DIVERGE from the safe, familiar everyday even just once...and incredible personal and interpersonal transformation blossoms. For many, it's a disturbing subtext: take a chance, walk on the (somewhat) "wild" side, and your bliss just might follow!
It's easy to see why this film got such mixed reviews here in the States, and such good reviews in Europe: it bravely refuses to follow the standard American cliches about sexuality, marriage, materialism, "success," AIDS, death and life itself.
And there's a brilliant unspoken reversal of popular racial stereotypes and typical Hollywood stock roles: a Chinese-American woman (Ming-Na) is loud, aggressive, and sexually voracious while her African-American husband (Snipes) is quiet, introspective, intellectual, and sexually subdued in comparison. A beautiful blonde woman (Kinski) is actually a super-intelligent astrophysicist. A straight black man and a flamboyantly gay man (Downey Jr.) are longtime best friends. The gay man is dying of AIDS but refuses to engage in regrets or self-pity.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By D. O'Bryant on March 29, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
I am suprised by many of the comments contributed here. Either others have missed something or I've read to much in to the movie. The main character (Max) played by Snipes is a man who apparently has everything. He goes back to New York and visits his best friend Charlie(brilliantly played by Robert Downey) who has contracted AIDs and when he can't catch his flight home, Max stumbles into an intimate incounter with Karen played by Kinski. When he returns home he finds that there is something missing in his apprently perfect life.
This is one of those rare movies where the sex scenes aren't gratuitous. The contrast between the sex scene between Max and Mimi and the love scene between Max and Karen are dramatic and telling. In the former Mimi is giving Max instructions while they are having sex. The sex is loud and energetic but lacks give and take, intimatcy and tenderness. There is no real emotional connection between the two. In contrast, in Karen's scene Max and Karen connect emotionally. and that is what is missing in Max's life in LA. There is no emotional connection for Max with his wife, with his friends or with his work. So his life is empty.
The scenes with Charlie are central to the story. This is where the theme of the movie is revealed and that is what pulls story together.
The acting was good across the board. Robert Downeys performace makes the movie worth seeing by itself. He avoids all pathos and portrays Charlie as a sympathtic character, not a pathetic character. Yes there are a couple of plot contrivances that stretch suspended disbelieve to the snapping point but the movie has enough strenghs carry the viewer through.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Miller VINE VOICE on June 22, 2006
Format: DVD
"One Night Stand" is written & directed by Mike Figgis and isn't as good as the film he did before it (Leaving Las Vegas) or the film he did after it (The Loss of Sexual Innocence), and while it has more flaws than both of those films combined it still manages to be an exceptional character study. This movie, while it does keep you entertained, is not a movie to rent on a Friday night to be entertained by. I have to say my biggest problem with the film was the mood of it, it for some reason felt like a made for TV movie. That could have just been how I percieved it, but whatever. The movie stars

Wesley Snipes ('Blade') as Max, a commercial director who heads to New York to visit his friend Charlie (Robert Downey Jr.) who has just been diagnosed with HIV. While there, Max meets a woman in the lobby of his motel named Karen (Nastassja Kinski, who looks a lot like Nicolette Sheridan). They only speak for a few moments, but there's this connection there that they both sense. Anyway, Max is returning to L.A. where he lives with his wife and kids so nothing will come of it. But, then he misses his flight. Remembering that Karen had been going to a concert, Max catches up with her there and joins her. Then after the concert, they're mugged and to comfort her Max decides to stay the night with her. Then, quickly and without notice; Max and Karen have sex. Both are married and both part ways the next morning, expecting to never see each other again. Max returns to L.A., where his sexually demanding wife Mimi (Ming-Na Wen, who provided the voice of Mulan in the Disney movie of the same name) and him return to their normal lives. Fast forward a year, Max is a different person; but then Figgis gives us something we know has to come.
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