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Down with Love

101 min
Comedy | Romance
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Peyton Reed
4 wins & 7 nominations
Country: USA
Release Date: 2003-05-16
Filming Locations: Hollywood Center Studios - 1040 N. Las Palmas Avenue, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA
Opening Weekend: $45,029 (USA) (11 May 2003)
Gross: $20,298,207 (USA) (27 July 2003)
Renée Zellweger
Renée Zellweger
Down with Love
Jeri Ryan
Jeri Ryan
Down with Love
Ewan McGregor
Catcher Block
Sarah Paulson
Vikki Hiller
David Hyde Pierce
Peter MacMannus
Rachel Dratch
Jack Plotnick
Tony Randall
Theodore Banner
John Aylward
Warren Munson
Matt Ross
Michael Ensign
Timothy Omundson
Ivana Milicevic
Melissa George
Dorie Barton
Laura Kightlinger
Chris Parnell
TV Emcee
Robert Katims
Dry Cleaner
Florence Stanley
Dry Cleaner's Wife
John Storey
Maitre D' (as John Christopher Storey)
Peter Spruyt
David Doty
Jude Ciccolella
Private Eye
Will Jordan
Ed Sullivan
Brad Hanson
Johnny Trementus
Beth LaMure
CBS Switchboard Operator #1
Christie Cronenweth
CBS Switchboard Operator #2
Megan Denton
Astronette #1
Melanie Lewis
Astronette #2
Sybil Azur
Astronette #3
Joanna Collins
Astronette #4
Sandra McCoy
Astronette #5 (as Sandra C. McCoy)
Norman Fessler
Marc Shaiman
Scott Wittman
Pat Cusick
Waiter (as Patrick Cusick)
Rick Scarry
Narrator (voice)
Basil Hoffman
C. W. (uncredited)
Beatnik (uncredited)
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To create this movie's vivid, stylized appearance, cinematographer Jeff Cronenweth digitally color-timed the movie to simulate the appearance of three-strip Technicolor.
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Tony Randall, who plays publisher Theodore Banner, appeared with Rock Hudson and Doris Day in Pillow Talk (1959), Lover Come Back (1961), and Send Me No Flowers (1964). In all three films, Randall played Hudson's employer and nebbish sidekick (the role played by David Hyde Pierce in "Down With Love").
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There are several pieces of dialogue that mention "Nazi rocket scientists." This is a reference to Operation Paper Clip, the post-World War 2 U.S. Government project that transferred the Nazi scientists who developed the V-2 rockets that bombed London to the U.S. to work on the beginnings of the U.S. Space Program, largely in Huntsville, Alabama. The most famous of these scientists, Wernher Von Braun, had been the technical director of a Nazi rocket factory that was staffed by slave labor from the nearby Mittelbau-Dora Concentration Camp. Von Braun was essential in the creation of the Redstone missile, the basis for the U.S. Missile program, and the Saturn V rocket, the basis of the Apollo program, which sent American astronauts to the moon.
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The final shot, in which Novak and Block fly over Manhattan in a helicopter, the W.R. Grace Building is featured in the foreground. This tower wasn't built until 1974.
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In an early scene a shot is taken of the UN building showing the flags from different countries. The flag for Canada shows the 11-pointed, red maple leaf. This flag was only adopted in 1964 and made its first appearance on February 15, 1965. Since this movie takes place in 1962 the correct Canadian flag would have been the Red Ensign which had a small version of the British Union Jack in the upper left hand corner and the coat of arms for Canada in the middle right-hand side on a background of red.
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The movie is set in 1962. Judging by the scenes of Barbara sunbathing, it is likely set in late spring or summer. But Catcher references the Cuban Missile Crisis and that did not occur till October 1962.
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Catcher Block: But this "Down with love"-chick is too busy? Doing what? Eating chocolate?
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Barbara Novak: This is Barbara Novak!
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Peter MacMannus: I think Vickie was only talking about marriage so I'd wanna have sex with her. And then I did, and now she never talks to me, except to come back for more. And I always give in. I feel so used.
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Photos from cast
Renée Zellweger Jeri Ryan Sarah Christine Smith Lynn Collins