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The Man from Elysian Fields (2001)



Critic Consensus: This story about a gigolo isn't plausible or compelling enough.

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George Hickenlooper directs this psychological drama about an impoverished writer lost in a world of money, power, and male escorts. Though happily married with a young child, Byron Tiller (Andy Garcia) is struggling to make ends meet as a novelist. His last work, called "Hitler's Child," had an ignoble run in the bookstore bargain bins and his editor is not interested in his latest work about migrant workers. One day, he is approached by a dapper Brit named Luther Fox (Mick Jagger) who actually read Tiller's last opus. Luther explains that he runs an escort agency named Elysian Fields, which caters to rich women looking for intelligent companionship. Desperate for any kind of income source, Tiller takes the job while keeping the whole thing a secret from his loving wife (Julianna Margulies). He soon is rubbing elbows with the beautiful wife (Olivia Williams) of an aging Pulitzer Prize-winning writer. Gradually, Tiller finds himself immersed in this strange new world that he cannot quite understand, much less explain to his spouse. This film was screened at the 2001 Toronto Film Festival.
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Andy Garcia
as Byron Tiller
Mick Jagger
as Luther Fox
Julianna Margulies
as Dena Tiller
James Coburn
as Tobias Alcott
Olivia Williams
as Andrea Allcott
Anjelica Huston
as Jennifer Adler
Joe Santos
as Domenico
Maureen McCormick
as Book Store Clerk
Kerry Li
as Man
Richard Bradford
as Edward Rogers
Rosalind Chao
as Female Customer
Xander Berkeley
as Virgil Koster
Elisa Gallay
as Lottie
Tracey Walter
as Bertender
Tommy Perna
as Street Car Vendor
Sherman Howard
as Paul Pearson
Asha Siewkumar
as Receptionist
J.B. White
as Waiter
Yasmin D'Mello
as Woman No.1
Sonia Sanz
as Woman No.2
Michael Hughes
as Car Valet
Hannah Sim
as Performance Artist
Mark Steger
as Performance Artist
Christopher Shreenan
as Nathaniel Hawthorne Tiller
Killian Shreenan
as Nathaniel Hawthorne Tiller
Julian Fleischer
as Jazz Singer
Joseph Paur
as Opera Singer
Jan Triska
as Marcus
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Critic Reviews for The Man from Elysian Fields

All Critics (70) | Top Critics (27)

Acting is what sustains the unstable plot lines.

March 12, 2003
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

The direction, by George Hickenlooper, has no snap to it, no wiseacre crackle or hard-bitten cynicism.

November 14, 2002
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Pompous and garbled.

Full Review… | November 1, 2002
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

A rare comedy of manners, witty, wicked and worldly, and one of the best movies of the year.

Full Review… | November 1, 2002
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Moves in such odd plot directions and descends into such message-mongering moralism that its good qualities are obscured.

October 31, 2002
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Only the charm and attractiveness of the cast keeps this movie from the remainder bin.

Full Review… | October 23, 2002
New York Observer
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Man from Elysian Fields

Good story, poor execution. The movie starts off as a comedy-drama and holds up quite well in the first half or so. Unfortunately, it changes direction and starts falling apart in the second half. Some acting was quite good, but the characters needed more development, especially the wife who was merely a sketch despite being a key character. There were also some glaring holes in the plot that I found distracting. It's a shame this movie falls flat, I could only attribute it to poor script and sloppy directing.

Gabriel Knight
Gabriel Knight

Watching Jagger struggle to look and sound natural on film is always painful, at least here he is in good company. The plot is so slow and dull and every scene is dingy in the hopes of delivering a noir feel totally beyond the capabilities of the production. It wants to speak to the human condition and the twists of life but in such routine ways as to be utterly bland.

Mark Nash
Mark Nash

A mature and worldly screenplay is executed by actors giving elegantly crafted performances. Garcia, Jagger and Coburn all work together (despite Coburn and Jagger never sharing a scene). It's the way actions affect others and how ones own selfish desires can make or break a person. The men not only assert their power to gain wealth and acceptance but are also exploited by their female counterparts. All characters evolve and learn life lessons without the screenplay coming across as a self help novel. Emotional and funny only hampered by a surprisingly uninspired montage and an ending that feels to happily rushed.

Luke Baldock
Luke Baldock

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