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The Proprietor (1996)

R | | Drama | 9 October 1996 (USA)
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An expatriated French novelist (Jeanne Moreau) returns to Paris when she learns that her childhood home is being placed on the auction block. What she doesn't count on is that she has to ... See full summary »

Director:

Ismail Merchant

Writers:

Jean-Marie Besset (screenplay), George W.S. Trow (screenplay) (as George Trow) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeanne Moreau ... Adrienne Mark
Sean Young ... Virginia Kelly / 'Call me French' - Sally
Sam Waterston ... Harry Bancroft
Christopher Cazenove ... Elliott Spencer
Nell Carter ... Millie Jackson
Jean-Pierre Aumont ... Franz Legendre
Austin Pendleton ... Willy Kunst
Charlotte de Turckheim ... Judith Mark
Pierre Vaneck Pierre Vaneck ... Raymond T.K
Marc Tissot Marc Tissot ... Patrice Legendre
Josh Hamilton ... William O'Hara
Joanna Adler ... New York - F. Freemder
James Naughton ... New York - Texans
J. Smith-Cameron ... New York - Texans
Michael Bergin ... New York - Bobby
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Storyline

An expatriated French novelist (Jeanne Moreau) returns to Paris when she learns that her childhood home is being placed on the auction block. What she doesn't count on is that she has to confront many old issues dating back to her childhood and bringing herself full circle to her present day life. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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A story of changing times, constant relationships, and reconciliation with the past.

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Drama

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Rated R for brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | UK | USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

9 October 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Proprietária See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$113,649
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jean-Pierre Aumont's final film appearance. See more »

Soundtracks

If I Didn't Care
Written by Jack Lawrence
Performed by Marc Tissot
Arranged by Colin Good
by kind permission of Warner Chappell Music Limited
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A bold vision for a film
22 June 2000 | by zero_kellySee all my reviews

I had seen previews for this film for several years before I could find it in the local Blockbuster and waiting was worth it. The story is tender, without being overdone. All of the characters are connected in meaningful ways, although I have to say casting Sam Waterson as an art auctioner may appear to be an odd role for him, he handled it well.Jeanne Moreau was delightful in the lead. The triumph of the film is her ability to move in and out of the visions with her mother and her lover. While some viewers may have found this far-fetched, just remember that grief creates many levels of reality. The friendship that developed with Josh Hamilton's character (William O'Hara) is great. Despite the fact Moreau finds him a total bore when they first meet, and they then become friends becomes the universal message of this story. Throw in the reconcilation of a marriage gone bad, and the young couple overcoming their cultural differences, and the story comes full circle. The scenes of racial problems in Frances brought the issue to light. Few Americans see this side of France. I give the movie an eight.


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