Mr. Jones (1993 film)

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Mr. Jones
Mr jones poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Mike Figgis
Produced by Debra Greenfield
Alan Greisman
Written by Eric Roth
Michael Cristofer
Starring
Music by Maurice Jarre
Cinematography Juan Ruiz Anchía
Edited by Tom Rolf
Distributed by

TriStar Pictures

(Sony Pictures Releasing)
Release date
  • October 8, 1993 (1993-10-08)
Running time
114 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $25 million
Box office $8,345,845

Mr. Jones is a 1993 American romantic drama film starring Richard Gere, Lena Olin, Anne Bancroft, Tom Irwin and Delroy Lindo, and directed by Mike Figgis.

Plot[edit]

Mr. Jones (Richard Gere) is a man suffering from bipolar disorder, a disease that affords him periods of intense emotional pleasure and expansiveness but which also results in periods of suicidal depression. In one of his manic periods he jumps up onto the stage during a concert performance of Beethoven's ninth and starts conducting, resulting in his arrest. Libbie (Elizabeth Bowen), a doctor at a psychiatric hospital, takes an interest in his condition and falls for him, has sex with him, and has to resign from her position.

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

The film was released to mixed reviews; movie historian Leonard Maltin remarked that "Gere is fine, but his onscreen behavior turns this into The Jester of Tides." Indeed, Gere received praise for his performance as the troubled title character. Many critics noted that the film would have been better if the romance plot between Jones and Libbie was left out, since it appeared forced and contrived.[1]

The movie debuted at No. 7 at the box office.[2] Mr. Jones holds a 46% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Production[edit]

To prepare for the film, Richard Gere, Mike Figgis and Eric Roth did a tremendous amount of research and studying on bipolar disorder. Gere met with several people who have the disorder to gain insight and knowledge on what to accurately portray.[1] There is a shorter director's cut that Figgis presented at the Munich film festival in 2006.

Michelle Pfeiffer gave up the female lead to take on the part of Catwoman in Batman Returns.

Props[edit]

As in his earlier hit film, An Officer and a Gentleman, Gere's character rides a Triumph Bonneville motorcycle.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Roger Ebert (1993-10-08). "Reviews: Mr. Jones". RogerEbert.com. Retrieved 2018-01-26.
  2. ^ "Weekend Box Office : Stallone, Snipes: Action at Box Office". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-06-02.

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