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Theatrical release: December 17, 1999. Filmed on location in the San Fernando Valley, California. The Bible verse referred to in the film, Exodus 8:2, says, "And if thou refuse to let them go, behold, I will smite all thy borders with frogs." There are dozens of references to this verse scattered throughout the film. Tom Cruise said he would like to work with Paul Thomas Anderson after seeing BOOGIE NIGHTS. Anderson wrote the role of Frank T.J. Mackey specifically for Cruise. The phone number for ordering the "Seduce and Destroy" package actually led to a recording of Cruise in character selling his products. Actor Jason Robards had just recovered from a very serious illness before appearing in MAGNOLIA. The film featured his last screen role; he passed away a year after its release. The film's title refers to a major street in the San Fernando Valley, where the story takes place. There are also pictures of magnolia flowers scattered throughout the film. In addition, "magnolia" is a name coined by author Charles Fort for a theoretical place where frogs and other unusual things might fall out of the sky. One of the books Stanley Spector is reading in the school library is LEARNED PIGS AND FIREPROOF WOMEN by Ricky Jay, who appears in the film. A major scene involving the characters of Stanley Spector, Dixon, and the mysterious Worm was cut out of the film for various reasons. In the original screenplay, the three meet in a diner at the end of the film and it is revealed that the Worm had killed the man discovered by Officer Jim Kurring in Marcie's apartment. Marcie takes the blame for the murder, covering up for the Worm, her son.
John C. Reilly, Julianne Moore, Philip Baker Hall, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Philip S. Hoffman, Tom Cruise, Thomas Cruise Mapother, Jason Robards, Jason Robards, Melora Walters, William H. Macy, W. H. Macy, Michael Bowen, Melinda Dillon, Jeremy Blackman, Luis Guzmn, Luis Guzman, Alfred Molina, Michael Murphy, April Grace, Felicity Huffman
"...A major work highly in tune with the zeitgeist..."
Ranked #5 in Rolling Stone's "Ten Best Movies of 1999" -- "...[An] emotional powerhouse..."
"...A showy flower of a movie....The big emotions bring out the best in a stellar cast..." -- Rating: B+
"...Jaw-dropping audacity....MAGNOLIA's a source of astonishment..." -- 4 out of 5 stars
"...All performances are flawless....Artful...[With a] heartbreakingly dead-on insight into the human condition..." -- 4 out of 5 stars
"...It's an impressive piece of work with some fine acting..."
Los Angeles Times
"...MAGNOLIA is operatic in its ambition, a great, joyous leap into melodrama and coincidence....As its themes unfold, its characters strive against the dying of the light, and the great wheel of chance rolls on toward them..."
"Cruise isn't just self-mocking: his Mackey is fully realised."
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