Heights (film)

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Heights -- movie poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed byChris Terrio
Screenplay byAmy Fox
Chris Terrio
Story byAmy Fox
Produced byRichard Hawley
James Ivory
Ismail Merchant
StarringGlenn Close
Elizabeth Banks
James Marsden
Jesse Bradford
CinematographyJim Denault
Edited bySloane Klevin
Music byBen Butler
Martin Erskine
Distributed bySony Pictures Classics
Release dates
  • January 24, 2005 (2005-01-24) (Sundance Film Festival)
  • June 17, 2005 (2005-06-17)
Running time
93 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1.3 million[1]

Heights is a 2005 Merchant Ivory Productions film that follows a pivotal twenty-four hours in the interconnected lives of five New Yorkers.[2] It stars Elizabeth Banks as Isabel, a photographer, James Marsden as Jonathan, a Jewish lawyer and Isabel's fiancé, Glenn Close as Diana, Isabel's mother, Jesse Bradford as Alec, an actor, and John Light as Peter, a journalist. Numerous prominent actors such as Eric Bogosian, George Segal, and Isabella Rossellini appear in supporting roles.


Over the course of 24 hours, a group of New Yorkers, whose lives are interconnected, must make pivotal decisions about their relationships. Most notably, Isabel (Banks), a photographer, is having second thoughts about her engagement to Jonathan (Marsden), while her award-winning actress mother Diana (Close) suspects that her husband is having an affair and thus questions the open nature of her marriage.


Release and reception[edit]

The film premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival before receiving a theatrical release that June.

The film received generally positive reviews with a 64% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[3] Roger Ebert gave the film a positive review, stating that "its chief pleasure comes through simple voyeurism. It is entertaining to see the lives of complex people become brutally simple all of a sudden.[4] Variety noted the quality of the ensemble acting.[5]

The film received an award from the Casting Society of America for Best Independent Feature Film Casting (with the award going to James Calleri).


  1. ^ "Heights".
  2. ^ Dargis, Manohla (June 17, 2005). "A Long Day for Brooding and Yearning in the City". The New York Times.
  3. ^ Heights on Rotten Tomatoes
  4. ^ Ebert, Roger (June 23, 2005). "'Heights' rises five stories".
  5. ^ Nesselson, Lisa (January 25, 2005). "Heights".

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