History Film / Magnolia

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.
10th Jun '17 7:24:59 PM jamespolk
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Creator/AlfredMolina has a small role as Donnie's boss. A 30-year-old Creator/PattonOswalt appears as Delmer the blackjack dealer in one of the opening vignettes.

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Creator/AlfredMolina has a small role as Donnie's boss. A 30-year-old Creator/PattonOswalt appears as Delmer the blackjack dealer in one of the opening vignettes.
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