The epic film by Paul Thomas Anderson depicts eleven lives intertwined in the span of 24 hours in the San Fernando Valley. But to Los Angelinos it's just another day of raining cats & dogs- or is it frogs?
Production Year: 1999
August 11, 2016 21:00 (KSA) ~ August 11, 2016 20:00 (CLT)
In 24 hours in the San Fernando Valley in LA, eleven lives will go through changes. An old man dying of cancer named Earl Partridge (Jason Robards) lays in a bed through the whole movie. He is married to Linda (Julianne Moore) -seen as a gold-digger- and is looked after by nurse Phil Parma (Phillip Seymour Hoffman). Earl's last wish is to speak with his son, Frank (Cruise) who teaches self-help misogynist seminars.
Earl is also the executive producer of a children's TV game show that is introducing Stanley Spector (Jeremy Blackman)who is close to breaking the record for consecutive wins held by former quiz kid Donnie Smith (William H. Macy). Jimmy Gator (Phillip Baker Hall) is the host of the show who is also dying of cancer. He's burnt bridges between his wife, Rose (Melinda Dillon), and estranged daughter Claudia (Melora Walters), who he can't recall if he had actually abused.
Claudia is addicted to cocaine and plays her music too loud. Neighbors call Officer Jim Kurring (John C. Reilly) who seems to fall in love with Claudia in a heartbeat.
The eleventh character, Dixon (Emmanuel Johnson), the candy selling, ten year old "rapper" drops clues as to what might unfold to Officer Jim in an early freestyle flow, that for the most part goes unheeded.
- Jason Robards
- Tom Cruise
- John C. Reilly
- Julianne Moore
- William H. Macy
- Philip Seymour Hoffman
- Philip Baker Hall
Directed by: Paul Thomas Anderson
Rating: R for strong language, drug use, sexuality and some violence.