Oleanna (film)

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Oleanna film poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byDavid Mamet
Produced by
Screenplay byDavid Mamet
Based onOleanna
by David Mamet
Music byRebecca Pidgeon
CinematographyAndrzej Sekuła
Edited byBarbara Tulliver
Distributed byThe Samuel Goldwyn Company[1]
Release date
  • November 4, 1994 (1994-11-04)
Running time
89 minutes[2]
  • United States
  • United Kingdom[1]
Box office$124,693 (North America)[2]

Oleanna is a 1994 drama film written and directed by David Mamet based on his play 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[3] 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?"[3]


  1. ^ a b c "Oleanna (1994)". American Film Institute. Retrieved June 7, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Oleanna (1994)". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved June 7, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Ebert's review of the film version of Oleanna, from the Chicago Sun-Times website

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