History Film / Magnolia

25th Oct '17 7:46:58 PM Luigifan
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* AbortedArc: The murder of the guy that Officer Jim finds in the closet is forgotten after a while. (In the script the murderer is "The Worm", son of the belligerent obese woman and father to the little rapping boy. Orlando Jones played the part but those scenes were cut from a movie that was already three hours long, and Jones appears only as the mysterious hooded figure that Jim chases in the rain.)

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* AbortedArc: The murder of the guy that Officer Jim finds in the closet is forgotten after a while. (In the script script, the murderer is "The Worm", son of the belligerent obese woman and father to the little rapping boy. Orlando Jones played the part part, but those scenes were cut from a movie that was already three hours long, and Jones appears only as the mysterious hooded figure that Jim chases in the rain.)



** Jimmy Gator quite likely [[spoiler:molested his daughter Claudia,]] though it's hard to say with certainty. [[spoiler: She's a drug addict, which could be her response to such an event, or warped her memory into believing it. When confronted, however, his only reply is an apparently sincere claim that he doesn't remember, which is frightening on its own. Also noted is his invasion of her bedroom earlier in the movie. This gives the sense that he is dismissive of personal space and thinks himself entitled to his daughter's time at the drop of a hat even though he knows of his status as a possibly-still-dangerous abuser in her mind.]]
** Rick Spector constantly forces, manipulates and guilt-trips his son to win. Like Donnie's parents, Rick profits from his son's efforts.

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** Jimmy Gator quite likely [[spoiler:molested his daughter Claudia,]] Claudia]], though it's hard to say with certainty. [[spoiler: She's [[spoiler:She's a drug addict, which could be her response to such an event, or warped her memory into believing it. When confronted, however, his only reply is an apparently sincere claim that he doesn't remember, which is frightening on its own. Also noted is his invasion of her bedroom earlier in the movie. This gives the sense that he is dismissive of personal space and thinks himself entitled to his daughter's time at the drop of a hat hat, even though he knows of his status as a possibly-still-dangerous abuser in her mind.]]
** Rick Spector constantly forces, manipulates manipulates, and guilt-trips his son to win. Like Donnie's parents, Rick profits from his son's efforts.



* AsTheGoodBookSays: The [[ArcNumber arc numbers]] 8 and 2 appear throughout the film. They refer to Exodus 8:2, in which God calls the plague of frogs against Egypt. [[spoiler:The film climaxes with just such a plague falling over Los Angeles]].
** Also, contains a subversion with the line "And the book says, we may be through with the past, but the past ain't through with us," spoken by multiple characters. The book in question is not the Bible, but ''The Natural History of Nonsense'' a 1946 anti-superstition book by English professor and game-show host Dr. Bergen Evans. When first we see Stanley in the library simultaneously contemplating multiple books, ''The Natural History of Nonsense'' is among them; it is in the center-right, and has a blue cover. (Perhaps on the big screen--or in HD--the book's appearance is not as difficult to discern.)

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* AsTheGoodBookSays: The [[ArcNumber arc numbers]] 8 and 2 appear throughout the film. They refer to Exodus 8:2, in which God calls the plague of frogs against Egypt. [[spoiler:The film climaxes with just such a plague falling over Los Angeles]].
Angeles.]]
** Also, Also contains a subversion with the line "And the book says, we may be through with the past, but the past ain't through with us," spoken by multiple characters. The book in question is not the Bible, but ''The Natural History of Nonsense'' Nonsense'', a 1946 anti-superstition book by English professor and game-show host Dr. Bergen Evans. When first we see Stanley in the library simultaneously contemplating multiple books, ''The Natural History of Nonsense'' is among them; it is in the center-right, and has a blue cover. (Perhaps on the big screen--or screen -- or in HD--the HD -- the book's appearance is not as difficult to discern.)



** Porn star Veronica Hart is one of the dental hygienists taking molds of Donnie's teeth

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** Porn star Veronica Hart is one of the dental hygienists taking molds of Donnie's teethteeth.



--> '''Linda Partridge (to the pharmacist #1):''' You motherfucker. You motherfucker, you fucking asshole, who the fuck are- who the fuck do you think you are? I come in here, you don't know me, you don't know who I am, what my life is, and you have the balls, the indecency to ask me a question about my life? '''(to pharmacist #2)''' And fuck you too, don't you call me lady!... I have sickness all around me, and you fucking ask me my life? What's wrong? Have you seen death in your bed? In your house? Where's your fucking decency? And that I'm asked fucking questions, what's WRONG? Suck my dick! That's what's wrong! And you! You fucking call me lady!
* CompartmentShot: Donnie's face over the opening his company's safe.

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--> '''Linda Partridge (to the pharmacist #1):''' You motherfucker. You motherfucker, you fucking asshole, who the fuck are- are -- who the fuck do you think you are? I come in here, you don't know me, you don't know who I am, what my life is, and you have the balls, the indecency to ask me a question about my life? '''(to pharmacist #2)''' And fuck you too, don't you call me lady!... I have sickness all around me, and you fucking ask me my life? What's wrong? Have you seen death in your bed? In your house? Where's your fucking decency? And that I'm asked fucking questions, what's WRONG? Suck my dick! That's what's wrong! And you! You fucking call me lady!
* CompartmentShot: Donnie's face over the opening his company's safe.



* DrivenToSuicide: The boy in the prologue as well as Linda who couldn't bear the guilt about her infidelity.

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* DrivenToSuicide: The boy in the prologue prologue, as well as Linda Linda, who couldn't bear the guilt about her infidelity.



* FlippingTheTable: Frank does this on stage in anger over the interview he just came out of.

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* FlippingTheTable: Frank does this on stage on-stage in anger over the interview he just came out of.



* GoldDigger: Linda Partridge. She [[UglyGuyHotWife married Earl]] for his money, but then fell in love with him...as he was dying.

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* GoldDigger: Linda Partridge. She [[UglyGuyHotWife married Earl]] for his money, but then fell in love with him... as he was dying.



* HeManWomanHater: Frank T.J. Mackey. [[CatchPhrase "Respect… the cock! Tame… the cunt!"]] [[spoiler: Eventually revealed to be something of a subversion. Mackey's real hatred is for his father (and himself, in that he loves and leaves them just as his father did), and part of the reason he treats women poorly is because he can't stand the thought of getting close enough to one that he'd love them the way he loved his mother.]]

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* HeManWomanHater: Frank T.J. Mackey. [[CatchPhrase "Respect… the cock! Tame… the cunt!"]] [[spoiler: Eventually [[spoiler:Eventually revealed to be something of a subversion. Mackey's real hatred is for his father (and himself, in that he loves and leaves them just as his father did), and part of the reason he treats women poorly is because he can't stand the thought of getting close enough to one that he'd love them the way he loved his mother.]]
27th Jun '17 11:07:36 PM arilicious
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* ExtremelyShortTimespan: The film focuses on a group of intersecting characters in the span of a day.
11th Jun '17 2:36:50 PM jamespolk
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The AllStarCast includes Cruise (Frank T.J. Mackey, producer of really sleazy pick-up-artist tapes), Creator/JohnCReilly (Jim, a kindly LAPD beat cop), Creator/JasonRobards in his last role (Earl Partridge, dying of cancer), Creator/JulianneMoore (Earl's wife Linda), Creator/PhillipSeymourHoffman (Earl's hospice nurse Phil), Phillip Baker Hall (Jimmy Gator, host of TV children's quiz show "What Do Kids Know?", which is produced by Earl Partridge), Melora Walters (Claudia, Jimmy's troubled daughter), Creator/WilliamHMacy (Donnie Smith, former champion of the show 30 years ago), and Jeremy Blackman (Stanley Spector, current champion of the show).

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The AllStarCast includes Cruise (Frank T.J. Mackey, producer of really sleazy pick-up-artist tapes), Creator/JohnCReilly (Jim, a kindly LAPD beat cop), Creator/JasonRobards in his last role (Earl Partridge, dying of cancer), Creator/JulianneMoore (Earl's wife Linda), Creator/PhillipSeymourHoffman Creator/PhilipSeymourHoffman (Earl's hospice nurse Phil), Phillip Baker Hall (Jimmy Gator, host of TV children's quiz show "What Do Kids Know?", which is produced by Earl Partridge), Melora Walters (Claudia, Jimmy's troubled daughter), Creator/WilliamHMacy (Donnie Smith, former champion of the show 30 years ago), and Jeremy Blackman (Stanley Spector, current champion of the show).
11th Jun '17 2:26:09 PM jamespolk
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The AllStarCast includes Cruise (Frank T.J. Mackey, producer of really sleazy pick-up-artist tapes), Creator/JohnCReilly (Jim, a kindly LAPD beat cop), Creator/JasonRobards in his last role (Earl Partridge, dying of cancer), Creator/JulianneMoore (Earl's wife Linda), Creator/PhillipSeymourHoffman (Earl's hospice nurse Phil), Phillip Baker Hall (Jimmy Gator, host of TV children's quiz show "What Do Kids Know?"), Melora Hardin (Claudia, Jimmy's troubled daughter), Creator/WilliamHMacy (Donnie Smith, former champion of the show 30 years ago), and Jeremy Blackman (Stanley Spector, current champion of the show).

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The AllStarCast includes Cruise (Frank T.J. Mackey, producer of really sleazy pick-up-artist tapes), Creator/JohnCReilly (Jim, a kindly LAPD beat cop), Creator/JasonRobards in his last role (Earl Partridge, dying of cancer), Creator/JulianneMoore (Earl's wife Linda), Creator/PhillipSeymourHoffman (Earl's hospice nurse Phil), Phillip Baker Hall (Jimmy Gator, host of TV children's quiz show "What Do Kids Know?"), Know?", which is produced by Earl Partridge), Melora Hardin Walters (Claudia, Jimmy's troubled daughter), Creator/WilliamHMacy (Donnie Smith, former champion of the show 30 years ago), and Jeremy Blackman (Stanley Spector, current champion of the show).
11th Jun '17 2:22:33 PM jamespolk
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A 1999 drama film about dysfunctional people in Los Angeles, with LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters (as the page quote illustrates), written and directed by Creator/PaulThomasAnderson (''Film/BoogieNights'', ''Film/ThereWillBeBlood'') and partly inspired by the songs of Aimee Mann. Told in a series of [[HyperlinkStory interlocking stories]]. Known for being over three hours long, and for [[GainaxEnding possibly the most non-sequitur third-act twist of all time]], as well as for getting an Oscar Nomination for Creator/TomCruise.

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A 1999 drama film about dysfunctional people in Los Angeles, with LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters (as the page quote illustrates), written and directed by Creator/PaulThomasAnderson (''Film/BoogieNights'', ''Film/ThereWillBeBlood'') and partly inspired by the songs of Aimee Mann.Music/AimeeMann. Told in a series of [[HyperlinkStory interlocking stories]]. Known for being over three hours long, and for [[GainaxEnding possibly the most non-sequitur third-act twist of all time]], as well as for getting an Oscar Nomination for Creator/TomCruise.



* EnsembleCast

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* EnsembleCastEnsembleCast: A true ensemble cast, with none of the principals getting more screen time than any of the others.


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* TitleDrop: Right before the rain of frogs, Claudia (in a cab) and Rose can be seen crossing Magnolia Avenue in downtown LA, going in opposite directions.
11th Jun '17 1:01:21 PM jamespolk
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The AllStarCast includes Cruise (Frank T.J. Mackey, producer of really sleazy pick-up-artist tapes), Creator/JohnCReilly (Jim, an LAPD beat cop), Creator/JasonRobards in his last role (Earl Partridge, dying of cancer), Creator/JulianneMoore (Earl's wife Linda), Creator/PhillipSeymourHoffman (Earl's hospice nurse Phil), Phillip Baker Hall (Jimmy Gator, host of TV children's quiz show "What Do Kids Know?"), Melora Hardin (Claudia, Jimmy's troubled daughter), Creator/WilliamHMacy (Donnie Smith, former champion of the show 30 years ago), and Jeremy Blackman (Stanley Spector, current champion of the show).

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The AllStarCast includes Cruise (Frank T.J. Mackey, producer of really sleazy pick-up-artist tapes), Creator/JohnCReilly (Jim, an a kindly LAPD beat cop), Creator/JasonRobards in his last role (Earl Partridge, dying of cancer), Creator/JulianneMoore (Earl's wife Linda), Creator/PhillipSeymourHoffman (Earl's hospice nurse Phil), Phillip Baker Hall (Jimmy Gator, host of TV children's quiz show "What Do Kids Know?"), Melora Hardin (Claudia, Jimmy's troubled daughter), Creator/WilliamHMacy (Donnie Smith, former champion of the show 30 years ago), and Jeremy Blackman (Stanley Spector, current champion of the show).



!!''Tropes include:''

* AbortedArc: The murder of the guy that Officer Jim finds in the closet is forgotten after a while.

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!!''Tropes include:''

!!Tropes include:

* AbortedArc: The murder of the guy that Officer Jim finds in the closet is forgotten after a while. (In the script the murderer is "The Worm", son of the belligerent obese woman and father to the little rapping boy. Orlando Jones played the part but those scenes were cut from a movie that was already three hours long, and Jones appears only as the mysterious hooded figure that Jim chases in the rain.)



** Porn star Veronica Hart is one of the dental hygienists at Donnie's dentist.

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** Porn star Veronica Hart is one of the dental hygienists at taking molds of Donnie's dentist.teeth



* JustKeepDriving: When the frogs start falling from the sky, none of the vehicles in the movie stop driving leading to two accidents. Played particularly straight with the ambulance that goes on an on until it finally tips over. Justified in the case of Jim who keeps driving to reach the burgler he just saw on the side of the street.

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* JustKeepDriving: When the frogs start falling from the sky, none of the vehicles in the movie stop driving leading to two accidents. Played particularly straight with the ambulance that goes on an on until it finally tips over. Justified in the case of Jim who keeps Mostly justified--Jim is driving to reach catch the burgler he just saw on burglar that turns out to be Donnie, Rose is racing to get to her daughter after finding out disturbing news, and of course the side of ambulance is rushing an OD victim to the street.emergency room.
11th Jun '17 12:33:25 PM eroock
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* TheCameo

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* TheCameoTheCameo:
10th Jun '17 10:30:19 PM jamespolk
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%%* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: See ThisIsThePartWhere.

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%%* * LeaningOnTheFourthWall: See ThisIsThePartWhere.ThisIsThePartWhere below. Phil Parma with his dialogue actually narrates his scene, where he is attempting to reach Frank. ("This is the part where you help me out.")



* UrbanLegends: The three anecdotes that open the movie are not true stories. Well, the first one sort of is, but in actuality the hill was called "Greenberry Hill" [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edmund_Berry_Godfrey#Miles_Prance after the fact]], when it was named after murderers Green, Berry, and Hill. The last anecdote, about the man shot while jumping off the roof of a building, was also used in ''Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'', and is also apparently used as a test case in criminal law classes.

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* UrbanLegends: The three anecdotes that open the movie are not true stories. Well, the first one sort of is, but in actuality the hill was called "Greenberry Hill" ''after the fact'', when [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edmund_Berry_Godfrey#Miles_Prance after the fact]], when it was named after after]] murderers Green, Berry, and Hill. The last anecdote, about the man shot while jumping off the roof of a building, was also used in ''Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'', and is also apparently used as a test case in criminal law classes.
10th Jun '17 10:27:45 PM jamespolk
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* UrbanLegends: The three anecdotes that open the movie are not true stories. The last anecdote, about the man shot while jumping off the roof of a building, was also used in ''Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'', and is also apparently used as a test case in criminal law classes.

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* UrbanLegends: The three anecdotes that open the movie are not true stories. Well, the first one sort of is, but in actuality the hill was called "Greenberry Hill" [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edmund_Berry_Godfrey#Miles_Prance after the fact]], when it was named after murderers Green, Berry, and Hill. The last anecdote, about the man shot while jumping off the roof of a building, was also used in ''Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'', and is also apparently used as a test case in criminal law classes.
10th Jun '17 10:21:43 PM jamespolk
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* EpicTrackingShot: A hallmark of P.T. Anderson's career, here seen in a long sequence where the camera follows Stanley through the narrow, snaking hallways of the TV studio.

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* EpicTrackingShot: A hallmark of P.T. Anderson's career, here seen in a long sequence where the camera follows Stanley through the narrow, snaking hallways of the TV studio. A second long, snaking tracking shot follows the kids through the studio and out into the TV set.
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