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The Proprietor Details


Noted producer Ismail Merchant stepped up to the director's chair for this drama. Adrienne Mark (Jeanne Moreau) is the most acclaimed French novelist of her generation, whose best known work, Je M'Appelle France, was an international best-seller made into an award-winning French film (and a disastrous Americanized remake). Adrienne is living in New York City when she learns that the flat in Paris where she grew up (as Adrienne Markowsky) is up for sale. Looking for a key to her past, she buys the apartment and discovers a cache of letters written by her late mother. Adrienne's mother died in a Nazi concentration camp during WWII, but while she's been led to believe that her mother was betrayed while working with the resistance, the letters suggest that the truth was far more troubling. Along the way, Adrienne is romantically pursued by a young fan, William O'Hara (Josh Hamilton), though he instead finds love with Virginia Kelly (Sean Young), an American film producer eager to work with the great writer. The Proprietor also features Sam Waterston, Nell Carter, and Austin Pendleton. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:September 9, 1996


Jeanne Moreau
as Adrienne Mark
Josh Hamilton
as William O'Hara
Sean Young
as Virginia Kelly
Austin Pendleton
as Willy Kunst
Sam Waterston
as Harry Bancroft
Christopher Cazenove
as Eliott Spencer
Nell Carter
as Millie Jackson
Jean-Pierre Aumont
as Franz Legendre
Charlotte de Turckheim
as Judith Mark
Marc Tissot
as Patrice Legendre
Pierre Vaneck
as Raymond
Marc Tissot
as Patrice Legendre
Charlotte de Turckheim
as Judith Mark


Ismail Merchant
Donald Rosenfeld
Humbert Balsan
Jean-Marie Besset
Kevin Thompson
Production Designer
Bernadette Saint-Loubert
Art Director
Osman Eralp
Executive Producer
Paul Bradley
Executive Producer
Anne Delaugardiere
Costume Designer
Abigail Murray
Costume Designer
Larry Loewinger
Sound/Sound Designer
Didier Sain
Sound/Sound Designer
Christopher Granier-Deferre
First Assistant Director
Larry Pizer
Camera Operator
Frederique Moidon