Man From Elysian Fields

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A los angeles novelist, whose latest novel wasn't published, finds the difficulties of paying the bills to support his wife and son compel him to join an elite male escort service called elysian fields (run by jagger). He soon begins an affair with the beautiful wife of one of the world's most successful writers


Studio Sony
SKU 40217256
UPC 043396002722
UPC 14 00043396002722
Format DVD
Release Date 3/18/2003
Rating Rating
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Editors Note
Note In this sophisticated saga, Andy Garcia (who also produced) plays a struggling author who reluctantly (at first) takes a job as a high-priced male escort to support his family. Rock icon Mick Jagger is Luther, his suave, enigmatic employer, and ex-E.R. star Julianna Margulies plays the wife kept waiting at home. It's a classic morality play given a modern twist as Byron (Garcia) winds up hired by the beautiful young wife (Olivia Williams) of famous, terminally old writer Tobias Alcott (James Coburn). Mr. Alcott is okay with the arrangement and even takes a shine to his wife's new "friend." Soon Byron is a near-permanent resident at their decaying mansion, helping Tobias finish his final novel in addition to bedding his wife. But if he thinks his ship has come in, Byron has some lessons to learn about a gigolo's place in the world. Lush cinematography and profound, witty dialogue are key here, with director Hickenlooper making good use of color and composition to enhance the story. Performances are all fine, but the show is stolen by Jagger and Coburn. One campily posh, the other vibrantly crusty, the film lights up with old-school majesty whenever either is onscreen.
Los Angeles Times "...A shimmering fable of innocence and experience....This is an elegant film with often surprising twists and an intermingling of naivete and sophistication. It is bolstered by a dream cast..." 09/27/2002 p.C6
New York Times "...When Mr. Coburn is in full billy-goat bluster or Mr. Jagger is purring in his snug designer suits, THE MAN FROM ELYSIAN FIELDS has a raffish, unpredictable charm..." 10/02/2002 p.E5
Movieline's Hollywood Life "...[Featuring] a smart, humorous script and a cluster of skillful performances..." 11/01/2002 p.31
Sight and Sound "This sharply scripted Hollywood morality tale provides Andy Garcia one of his best roles in years." 03/01/2004 p.78
George Hickenlooper
Andy Garcia
Mick Jagger
Cast & Crew
Anjelica Huston - Actor
James Coburn - Actor
Julianna Margulies - Actor
Michael Des Barres - Actor
Mick Jagger - Actor
Olivia Williams - Actor
Andy Garcia - Actor
Kramer Morgenthau - Cinematographer
George Hickenlooper - Director
Michael Brown - Editor
Andrew Pfeffer - Producer
David Kronemeyer - Producer
Donald Zuckerman - Producer
Andy Garcia - Producer
Franckie Diago - Production Designer
Phillip Jayson Lasker - Writer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2002
Catalog ID 00272
UPC 00043396002722
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 106 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English
Available Audio Tracks English
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Andy Garcia's performance took some courage, because his Byron is not a very strong man. Not strong enough to tell his wife the novel didn't sell. Not strong enough to resist the temptations of Elysian Fields, or the flattery of Tobias' attention. By the time the ending comes around, we observe that it is happy, but we also observe that the movie has earned it: Most movies are too eager to wrap things up by providing forgiveness before it has been deserved. Not this one.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 7
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital Stereo, English, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Jagger,Mick
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times One of the Best Films of the Year!
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone A Seductive Morality Tale.
Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer Garcia, Coburn and particularly Jagger surprise throughout.

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