White Palace (1990)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5

USA, 1990.  Universal Pictures, Mirage Enterprises, Double Play.  Screenplay by , , based on the novel by . Cinematography by .  Produced by , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by , .  Film Editing by .  

Rich, young advertising executive  stops at a local diner and orders food from a forty-something waitress (Susan Sarandon). Somehow, these people from completely different spheres of life manage to take a liking to each other, crossing generational and social barriers and falling deeply in love. Even better, the film itself doesn’t indulge in any offensive preconditioned ideas about either character. Neither of them are encouraged to ignore the other’s difference in order to be happy, but instead are forced to overcome their own prejudices. Luis Mandoki has often done a wonderful job of infusing romantic stories with a healthy of sense of realism, and as in his later film Angel Eyes, none of the harsh reality dampens the enjoyment of the story, rather making the fruits of the characters’ labour all the more rewarding in the end. Sarandon and Spader are both fantastic.

Golden Globe Award Nomination:  Best Actress-Drama (Susan Sarandon)

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