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The New Age Details

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A wealthy Beverly Hills husband and wife are forced to reevaluate their lives after losing their jobs in writer-director Michael Tolkin's aloof satire. Peter Witner (Peter Weller) and Katherine Witner (Judy Davis) have become so accustomed to their high-class, shallow lifestyle that they feel helpless when circumstances leave them facing imminent bankruptcy. Lost and confused, their marriage on the verge of collapse, they seek help from a number of spiritual gurus, who offer ineffectual New Age philosophies as the solution to their problems. These remedies provide little comfort, however, and the Witners' attempt to make their own way by opening a hip clothing store also disappoints, leaving them ostracized and desperate for a direction in life. Best known for the cutting screenplay of Robert Altman's Robert Altman (1992) and for his own earlier film Robert Altman (1991), Tolkin provides sharp dialogue and a well-observed critique of the Los Angeles high life. This film continues the social criticism of those earlier efforts, as Tolkin consistently portrays American life as mindlessly materialistic, spiritually hollow, and bereft of meaningful purpose or moral direction. While some viewers may feel distanced from the unsympathetic characters and detached tone, Tolkin continues to be one of the most trenchant social satirists in contemporary American movies. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

  • Release date:September 16, 1994

Cast

Peter Weller
as Peter Witner
Judy Davis
as Katherine Witner
Patrick Bauchau
as Jean Levy
Corbin Bernsen
as Kevin Bulasky
Jonathan Hadary
as Paul Hartmann
Patricia Heaton
as Anna
Samuel L. Jackson
as Dale Deveaux
Audra Lindley
as Sandi Rego
Paula Marshall
as Alison Gale
Maureen Mueller
as Laura
Tanya Pohlkotte
as Bettina
Bruce Ramsay
as Micha
Rachel Rosenthal
as Sarah Friedberg
Sandra Seacat
as Mary Netter
Susan Traylor
as Ellen Saltonstall
Adam West
as Jeff Witner
Deborah Aquila
John C. McGinley
Assumpta Serna
John Diehl
as Lyle
Kimberley Kates
as Other Catherine
Scott Layne
as Swimmer
Lily Mariye
as Sue
Jeff Weston
as Tab
Kimberley Kates
as Other Catherine
Jeff Weston
as Tab
John Diehl
as Lyle
Lily Mariye
as Sue
Scott Layne
as Swimmer

Crew

Michael Tolkin
Director
Arnon Milchan
Producer
Nick Wechsler
Producer
Keith Addis
Producer
Oliver Stone
Producer
Michael Tolkin
Book Author
Michael Tolkin
Screenwriter
John J. Campbell
Cinematographer
Mark Mothersbaugh
Composer (Music Score)
Suzanne Fenn
Editor
Robin Standefer
Production Designer
Iya Labunka
Production Designer
Iya Labunka
Co-producer
Janet Yang
Co-producer
Alison Balian
Associate Producer
Claire Jenora Bowin
Set Designer
Richard Shissler
Costume Designer
Stephen Halbert
Sound/Sound Designer
Deborah Aquila
Casting
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