White Palace (1990)




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The White Palace is a Midwestern fast-food joint not unlike Chicago's ubiquitous White Castle restaurants. Susan Sarandon plays a 43-year-old White Palace waitress who hasn't quite completely recovered from the death of her child. James Spader portrays an upwardly mobile 27-year-old advertising man whose own cross to bear is the recent death of his wife. The two are physically attracted to one another at the outset; it is only as an afterthought that Sarandon and Spader find themselves in love.

Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Ted Tally, Alvin Sargent
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 15, 1999
MCA Universal Home Video

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Critic Reviews for White Palace

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (9)

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | October 19, 1990
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for White Palace

First off, for all you flixsters who live in the Seattle area, I gotta envy you all being able to read Paula Nechak movie reviews all the time. Team flixster scoring her reviews is wonderful. I've read many synopses on this site, but I have to say that this one about White Palace is the most interesting one I've ever run across.
I definitely agree with Nechak's assessment of the fairytale element of this movie. It's hard to imagine this pair making a permanent match. But it's Hollywood, baby, so what happens . . . happens.
Had to add Sarandon to my favorite actor list right away. Stunning. She always is; she should have been on my list earlier. Eileen Brennan, in a small role, is mesmerizing. Not to mention that this was Spader when he had his stuff. A great movie, especially thanks to Susan Sarandon. Definitely, as Nechak says, Oscar-worthy work. Reminds me so much of Atlantic City.

Lanning : )

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The superb performances from Susan Sarandon and James Spader sweep us along in this often sexy love story with a difference.

Dean McKenna

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Sure it isn't a great movie but I like the unlikely chemistry between Susan Sarandon's character and James Spader's. It works in a really humourous way.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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