The City of Your Final Destination

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The City of Your Final Destination
Theatrical release poster
Directed by James Ivory
Produced by
Screenplay by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
Based on The City of Your Final Destination by Peter Cameron
Music by Jorge Drexler
Cinematography Javier Aguirresarobe
Edited by John David Allen
Distributed by Screen Media Films
Release date
  • March 21, 2009 (2009-03-21) (Golden State Film Festival)
  • April 16, 2010 (2010-04-16) (United States)
Running time
118 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $8.3 million
Box office $1.4 million[1]

The City of Your Final Destination is a 2009 American drama film directed by James Ivory and starring, Anthony Hopkins, Laura Linney, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Omar Metwally and Norma Aleandro. It was written by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala and based on the eponymous novel by Peter Cameron.

The film is the first Merchant Ivory film without producer Ismail Merchant and composer Richard Robbins.


The film follows a graduate student, Omar Razaghi (Omar Metwally), who wishes to write a biography on an obscure writer, Jules Gund, who died years before. Omar must travel to Uruguay to persuade the Gund family to authorize the biography.


Most of the story in the novel takes place in a small town in Uruguay. The novel's beginning chapter takes place in Lawrence, Kansas, where the protagonist is a graduate student at the University of Kansas. The story ends at New York City Opera Hall.


(in order of appearance)



The soundtrack contains the following music:


It had an early preview in New York City on November 27, 2007 (at the ceremony of the Trophée des Arts for James Ivory from the French Institute New York). In October 2009, James Ivory brought the film to Rome, where it received its official world premiere at the International Rome Film Festival, out of competition, then showing at Tokyo International Film Festival for Hiroyuki Sanada's special screening. Screen Media distributed it in the United States on April 16, 2010.


Critical reception[edit]

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 39% based on 56 reviews, and an average rating of 5.3/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "A stellar cast can't elevate this leaden adaptation that, while just as beautiful as anything director James Ivory's made before, comes off as dusty and dry."[2] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 52 out of 100, based on 19 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[3]


In early 2007, Anthony Hopkins claimed he had yet to be paid for his work on the film, and that Merchant Ivory had short-changed the cast and crew.[4] Merchant Ivory counter-argued that Hopkins' payment terms had, in fact, recently been renegotiated higher. Later in the year, the actor filed court papers to take the company to an arbitrator. In October 2007, Hopkins filed a lawsuit against Merchant Ivory for payment of his salary of $750,000.[5]

In 2008, actress and singer Susan (Suzy) Malick[6] also filed suit against Merchant Ivory and James Ivory for producer credit and half a million dollars in an unpaid loan, used when the film was threatened to be shut down due to lack of funding.[7][8] In 2012 Malick moved for trial by jury and the suit was finally settled out of court.


  1. ^ "The City of Your Final Destination (2010)". Box Office Mojo. 2010-08-15. Retrieved 2013-04-22.
  2. ^ "The City of Your Final Destination (2010)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  3. ^ "The City of Your Final Destination Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  4. ^ "Merchant Ivory Denies Hopkins Non-Payment Claims". PR Inside. April 5, 2007.
  5. ^ "People: Ellen DeGeneres, Anthony Hopkins, Meryl Streep"Associated Press – (c/o International Herald Tribune) – October 18, 2007
  6. ^ es:Sussie 4
  7. ^ "Give Me Credit, Says Actress". Page Six. 2008-04-21. Retrieved 2016-09-10.
  8. ^ Barnes, Brooks. "Movies - The New York Times". Retrieved 2016-09-10.

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