About The Movie
Paramount Pictures' "TWILIGHT," starring Paul Newman, Susan Sarandon, Gene Hackman, Stockard Channing, Reese Witherspoon, Giancarlo Esposito and James Garner, paints a portrait of present-day Los Angeles infused with blackmail, murder, sexuality, moral ex
Paramount Pictures' "TWILIGHT," starring Paul Newman,
Susan Sarandon, Gene Hackman, Stockard Channing, Reese Witherspoon,
Giancarlo Esposito and James Garner, paints a portrait of present-day
Los Angeles infused with blackmail, murder, sexuality, moral excess
and the memorable characters that cloud its landscape. The Cinehaus
production is directed by Robert Benton, produced by Arlene Donovan
and Scott Rudin and written by Robert Benton & Richard Russo.
Michael Hausman serves as executive producer. Paramount Pictures
is part of the entertainment operations of Viacom Inc.
"TWILIGHT" reunites Academy Award winner Paul
Newman with director/screenwriter Robert Benton, producers Arlene
Donovan and Scott Rudin, executive producer Michael Hausman and
co-screenwriter Richard Russo with whom he previously worked on
"I liked working with Richard Russo during the making of
'Nobody's Fool,' and mentioned if he got the urge to write a screenplay,
I'd like to collaborate," says Benton. "Richard told
me he wanted to do a private eye movie. In fact, I had shot a
movie here about twenty years ago called 'The Late Show' with
Art Carney and Lily Tomlin and it had been a particularly enjoyable
experience for me. We knew right away we wanted to write for Paul."
Still, Benton continues to be fascinated by detective stories.
"The private eye is kind of a romantic urban hero. He is
caught between cynicism and idealism and by tradition, he's a
complicated figure and that has always interested me.
"I have come to realize that when I start writing a picture,
I'm going to spend two years or more with these people, beginning
with the writing, going through directing and editing -- and I'd
better love these people. That's really my criterion for characters
and it seems to me the private eye form offers you such a wide
spectrum of society, from the very wealthy to the sleaziest low-rent
characters you can find. And those are always interesting characters
to write about," says Benton.
"The real story of the movie is the unraveling of people's
lives...how rich and complicated life gets. It's so beautiful
here (in Los Angeles) and these are very extraordinary, beautiful
people. Their sense of privilege, beauty, wealth and intelligence
is such a part of their lives that they take it for granted. It's
a gift given to them...it's become like breathing for them. It
must be deeply agonizing when you come to the end of the run after
things have always gone right for you," notes Benton. "Within
this movie there are all kinds of layers of love stories and things
that happen in a mystery. And I think the mystery unfolds out
of character in this, not from a set of traditional clues,"
Newman concurs with Benton. "The film is nostalgic and bittersweet.
It's really about gains and losses ...what people gain in terms
of their own insight. What they begin to lose to other people
in terms of their own personality. Things don't turn out the way
you want them to or the way the main characters hope that it will
turn out. There's an enigma about the whole film. The mystery
is really the people and the detective part is a springboard for
With respect to the casting, Benton comments "this is as
good a cast as I can imagine ever being. Paul is a great actor,
lots of fun to w
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