Oleanna

1994, Drama, 1h 29m

18 Reviews 1,000+ Ratings

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Flustered college student Carol (Debra Eisenstadt) visits John (William H. Macy), one of her professors, and asks how she can pass his class. The narcissistic instructor barely seems to notice her presence, and goes off on tangents relating to his own personal philosophies and problems while failing to answer the pupil. Later, a more assured Carol returns and accuses John of sexual harassment. The professor is baffled, but Carol remains steadfast in her claim, and their feud escalates nastily.

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  • Aug 27, 2021
    Not as incendiary as the play but that's mostly because you aren't trapped in an enclosed space with the characters and a live audience. I think the movie still works because you're emotionally invested in the tragedy of the piece. Mamet's writing is often derided unfairly as unrealistic and/or impenetrable but the language here is the key to why it doesn't feel too dated.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 28, 2011
    In 'Oleanna', a two-character drama, the beauty of the play and movie adaptation is that in it both of the characters are right and wrong. It's obviously stiff and stagey but the drama leaves no room for melodramatic scenes between the professor and his family. I haven't seen anyone top Macy and I had to study play extensively.
    Jonny B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 13, 2008
    An interesting movie.
    Leo L Super Reviewer
  • Jul 12, 2007
    A compelling, elocuent, dialogue-driven, unpretentious, well made two characters drama. Mamet's prose really works.
    Pierluigi P Super Reviewer

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