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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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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

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

November 14, 2002 | Rating: 2/5

Pompous and garbled.

November 1, 2002 | Rating: C

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

November 1, 2002 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

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

October 31, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/4

A pointed, often tender, examination of the pros and cons of unconditional love and familial duties.

October 27, 2002 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Man from Elysian Fields

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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Plays out better than it sounds, due to the cast.

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

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