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Screenwriters Ted Tally and Alvin Sargent adapted the novel by Glenn Savan into this intelligent comedy-drama about a May-December romance where the woman is the senior partner. James Spader is Max Baron, a 27-year-old St. Louis advertising executive who has completely shut himself off from the world in the two years since the auto accident death of his wife. When he meets free-spirited, 43-year-old burger joint waitress Nora Baker (Susan Sarandon), his attraction to the earthy, outspoken woman is immediate and overpowering. The difference in age isn't their only obstacle happiness: Nora's into Marilyn Monroe, drinking beer, and lives in Dogtown, the city's low-rent district, while Max is cultured, sophisticated, and wealthy. Despite their differences, Max and Nora are alike in their suffering and in their deep need for connection, but their charged relationship is put to the emotional test when it becomes clear that Max is hiding his affair with Nora from his upper middle-class, Jewish social circle. White Palace co-stars Renée Taylor, Eileen Brennan, Kathy Bates, Jason Alexander, and Corey Parker. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

  • Release date:October 19, 1990

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Susan Sarandon Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 1990 Nominee

Cast

Susan Sarandon
as Nora Baker
James Spader
as Max Baron
Jason Alexander
as Neil Horowitz
Kathy Bates
as Rosemary Powers
Eileen Brennan
as Judy
Steven Hill
as Sol Horowitz
Rachel Levin
as Rachel Horowitz
Corey Parker
as Larry Klugman
Renée Taylor
as Edith Baron
Jonathan Penner
as Mary Miller
Hildy Brooks
as Ella Horowitz
Judi M. Durand
Paige Pollack
Rosanna Huffman
Robert Plunket
as Director
Jan Rabson
Greg Finley
John Flack
as Advertising Executive
Michael Arnett
as Country Western Singer
Janet Lofton
as Supermarket Checker
Joan Crosby
Jeremy Piven
as Kahn
Maria Pitillo
as Janey
Javier Grajeda
Lance Harshbarger
as Bachelor Party Man
Vernon Dudas
as Jimmy, the Bartender
Wilma Myracle
as Helen
Harvey Jason
Mitzi McCall
as Sophie Rosen
Bart Braverman
David McCharen
Suzanne Stone
Spiros Focas
Barbara Iley
Griffin Dunne
Jonathan Ames
as Restaurant Customer
Robert Bourgeois
as Bachelor Party Man
Glenn Savan
as White Palace Customer
Gary Schwartz
Maryann Kopperman
as Reba Parker

Crew

Luis Mandoki
Director
Sydney Pollack
Producer
Ted Tally
Screenwriter
Glenn Savan
Book Author
Alvin Sargent
Screenwriter
Lajos Koltai
Cinematographer
George Fenton
Composer (Music Score)
Carol Littleton
Editor
Jeannine Oppewall
Production Designer
John Wright Stevens
Art Director
Griffin Dunne
Co-producer
Bill Finnegan
Co-producer
Mark Rosenberg
Co-producer
Amy Robinson
Co-producer
Lisa Fischer
Set Designer
Lisa Jensen
Costume Designer
Gary Hymes
Stunts
Jerry Spicer
Stunts
Ike Mizen
Stunts
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