|Directed by||Chris Terrio|
|Screenplay by||Amy Fox|
|Story by||Amy Fox|
|Produced by||Richard Hawley|
|Edited by||Sloane Klevin|
|Music by||Ben Butler|
|Distributed by||Sony Pictures Classics|
|Box office||$1.3 million|
Heights is a 2005 Merchant Ivory Productions film that follows a pivotal twenty-four hours in the interconnected lives of five New Yorkers. 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.
- Glenn Close - Diana Lee
- Elizabeth Banks - Isabel Lee
- James Marsden - Jonathan Kestler
- Jesse Bradford - Alec Lochka
- John Light - Peter Cole
- Rufus Wainwright - Jeremy
- Denis O'Hare - Andrew
- Eric Bogosian - Henry
- George Segal - Rabbi Mendel
- Andrew Howard - Ian
- Isabella Rossellini - Liz
- Matthew Davis - Mark
- Michael Murphy - Jesse
- Chandler Williams - Juilliard Macbeth
- Bess Wohl - Juilliard Lady Macbeth
- Thomas Lennon - Marshall
- Jim Parsons - Oliver
- Angel Desai - Laura
Release and reception
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. 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. Variety noted the quality of the ensemble acting.
The film received an award from the Casting Society of America for Best Independent Feature Film Casting (with the award going to James Calleri).
- Dargis, Manohla (June 17, 2005). "A Long Day for Brooding and Yearning in the City". The New York Times.
- Heights on Rotten Tomatoes
- Ebert, Roger (June 23, 2005). "'Heights' rises five stories".
- Nesselson, Lisa (January 25, 2005). "Heights".