Synopsis: Smart-but-ineffectual journalist Dan "We use euphemisms!" cannot decide between his girlfriend, loving-but-clingy waitress Alice, or his lover cold-but-intellectual photographer Anna; herself indecisive between Dan and honest-but-thuggish "You're bloody gorgeous!" doctor Larry. The film puts the four leading characters in a box and strips them apart.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Mike Nichols
Production: Sony Pictures
  Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 21 wins & 47 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
104 min

Yeah. Ruth.

She's called Ruth. She's a linguist.

-What's your name?


My name is Alice Ayres.


I'm just gonna change the film.

Are you okay for time?

-Do you mind if I smoke?

-lf you must.

-I don't have to.

-Then don't.

I liked your book.


-When's it published?

-Next year. How come you've read it?

Your publisher sent me a manuscript.

I read it last night.

You kept me up till 4:.00.

I'm flattered.

Is your heroine

based on someone you know?

Yes. She's someone called Alice.

How does she feel

about you stealing her life?

Borrowing her life.

I'm dedicating the book to her.

She's pleased.

Do you exhibit?

Sometimes. I have a thing next year.


-Of who?


How do your strangers feel

about you stealing their lives?


Am I a stranger?

No. You're a job.

And you're a sloucher. Sit up.

You didn't find it obscene?


-The book.

I thought it was accurate.

About what?

About sex. About love.

In what way?

-You wrote it.

-You read it till 4:.00.

Don't raise your eyebrows.

It makes you look smug.

-But you did like it?

-Yes, but I could go off it.

Stand up.

Any criticisms?

I'm not sure about the title.

Got a better one?

The Aquarium.

So you liked the filth.

-You like aquariums.

-Fish are therapeutic.

-Hang out in aquariums, do you?

-When I can.

Good for picking up strangers?

Photographing strangers.

Come here.

You're beautiful.

I don't kiss strange men.

Neither do l.

Do you and this Alice live together?


Are you married?


-No. Yes.



-Do you have any children?


-Would you like some?

-Yes, but not today.

Would Alice like children?

She's too young.

She works in a caf near here.

She's coming to meet me.

Quite soon.

Why are you wasting her time?

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Patrick Marber

Patrick Albert Crispin Marber (born 19 September 1964) is an English comedian, playwright, director, actor, and screenwriter. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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