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The Dying Gaul (2005)

R | | Drama, Romance | January 2005 (USA)
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A grief-stricken screenwriter unknowingly enters a three-way relationship with a woman and her film executive husband - to chilling results.

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Craig Lucas

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Craig Lucas (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Patricia Clarkson ... Elaine
Campbell Scott ... Jeffrey
Peter Sarsgaard ... Robert
Ryan Miller Ryan Miller ... Max
Faith Jefferies Faith Jefferies ... Debbon
Robin Bartlett ... Bella
Ebon Moss-Bachrach ... Olaf
Kelli O'Hara ... Liz
Dee Dee Flores Dee Dee Flores ... Emad
Elizabeth Marvel ... Kelli
Don Johanson ... Male Guest
Bill Camp ... Malcolm
Linda Emond ... Dr. Foss
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Storyline

The gay screenwriter Robert, who is grieving the recent loss of his lover, writes a screenplay based on his biography and tries to sell it to the Hollywood producer Jeffrey. He offers one million dollars for his work, provided changes in the story replacing the dying man per a woman to make a commercial film. Jeffrey shows the screenplay to his wife Elaine, who loves to write and to plant flowers, and she is also delighted with the story. Robert works introducing the required modifications and Jeffrey, who is bisexual, has an affair with him. Meanwhile Elaine finds the gay website where Robert writes and she creates a fake profile to have conversation with him pretending that she is his deceased lover. Soon she learns the affair of her husband and she decides to leave him. But when the gay Robert discovers the truth, he has a breakdown and takes vengeance for Elaine with tragic consequences. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content and language | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Holedigger Studios

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kuoleva gallialainen See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$53,944, 6 November 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$342,297, 22 January 2006
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Runtime:

| (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Linda Emond, who plays Dr. Foss, originated the role of Elaine Tishop in the stage play. See more »

Quotes

Jeffrey: Most Americans...
[his phone rings]
Jeffrey: Let's hold all my calls, please, Liz.
[to Robert]
Jeffrey: ...hate gay people. If they hear it's about gay people, they won't go.
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References Glissando (2002) See more »

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Boring and Unrealistic
18 May 2014 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The gay screenwriter Robert (Peter Sarsgaard), who is grieving the recent loss of his lover, writes a screenplay based on his biography and tries to sell it to the Hollywood producer Jeffrey (Campbell Scott). He offers one million dollars for his work, provided changes in the story replacing the dying man per a woman to make a commercial film. Jeffrey shows the screenplay to his wife Elaine (Patricia Clarkson), who loves to write and to plant flowers, and she is also delighted with the story.

Robert works introducing the required modifications and Jeffrey, who is bisexual, has an affair with him. Meanwhile Elaine finds the gay website where Robert writes and she creates a fake profile to have conversation with him pretending that she is his deceased lover. Soon she learns the affair of her husband and she decides to leave him. But when the gay Robert discovers the truth, he has a breakdown and takes vengeance for Elaine with tragic consequences.

"The Dying Gaul" is a boring movie with an unrealistic story. The idea of Elaine pretending to be the spirit of the dead gay and luring Robert in a gay chat room is ridiculous. The use of the deadly flower to poison Elaine would be easily found by the autopsy despite his explanation about the impossibility of finding the traceability of the poison. My vote is four.

Title (Brazil): "Triângulo Obsceno" ("Obscene Triangle")


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