Director: Stanley Kubrick
Writer(s): Stanley Kubrick (screenplay), Frederic Raphael (screenplay), and Arthur Schnitzler (novella "Traumnovelle") (inspiration)
Cast: Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Todd Field
Running Time: 159 minutes
The final work of legendary director Stanley Kubrick, who died within a week of completing the edit, stars Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, at the time Hollywood’s most bankable celebrity couple. Cruise and Kidman play William and Alice Harford, a physician and a gallery manager who are wealthy, successful, and travel in a sophisticated social circle; however, a certain amount of decadence crosses their paths on occasion, and a visit to a formal-dress party leads them into sexual temptation when William is drafted into helping a beautiful girl who has overdosed on drugs while Alice is charmed by a man bent on seduction. While neither William and Alice act on their adulterous impulses, once the issue has been brought into the open, it begins a dangerous season of erotic gamesmanship for the couple, with William in particular openly confronting his desire for new sexual experiences.
“Kubrick, exactly in character, has left us as the unchallengeable champion of the enigma.” -Jeff Millar, Houston Chronicle