Oleanna (film)

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Oleanna Movie Cover.jpg
Oleanna DVD cover
Directed by David Mamet
Written by David Mamet
Music by Rebecca Pidgeon
Cinematography Andrzej Sekuła
Edited by Barbara Tulliver
Distributed by The Samuel Goldwyn Company
Release date
  • November 4, 1994 (1994-11-04)
Running time
89 min.
Country United States
Language English
Box office $124,693 (USA)

Oleanna is a 1994 drama film written and directed by David Mamet based on his play Oleanna and starring William H. Macy and Debra Eisenstadt. The film was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead.

Critical reception[edit]

Roger Ebert, whose review of the film[1] is primarily about the off-Broadway production he saw over a year earlier, was "astonished" to report that Oleanna was not a very good film, characterizing it as awkward and lacking in "fire and passion". In his review of the film, Ebert expressed his feelings about the original play:

"Experiencing David Mamet's play Oleanna on the stage was one of the most stimulating experiences I've had in a theater. In two acts, he succeeded in enraging all of the audience - the women with the first act, the men with the second. I recall loud arguments breaking out during the intermission and after the play, as the audience spilled out of an off-Broadway theater all worked up over its portrait of . . . sexual harassment? Or was it self-righteous Political Correctness?"[1]


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