Magnolia

On one random day in the San Fernando Valley, a dying father, a young wife, a male caretaker, a famous lost son, a police officer in love, a boy genius, an ex-boy genius, a game show host and an estranged daughter will each become part of a dazzling multiplicity of plots, but one story.

Genre: Drama
Production: New Line Cinema
  Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 28 wins & 53 nominations.
 
IMDB:
8.0
Metacritic:
77
Rotten Tomatoes:
83%
R (Restricted)
Year:
1999
188
Website
5,279 Views

Narrator:
In the New York Herald, November 26, year 1911, there is an account of the hanging of three men. They died for the murder of Sir Edmund William Godfrey; Husband, Father, Pharmacist and all around gentle-man resident of: Greenberry Hill, London. He was murdered by three vagrants whose motive was simple robbery. They were identified as: Joseph Green, Stanley Berry, and Daniel Hill. Green, Berry, Hill. And I Would Like To Think This was Only A Matter Of Chance. As reported in the Reno Gazzette, June of 1983 there is the story of a fire, the water that it took to contain the fire, and a scuba diver named Delmer Darion. Employee of the Peppermill Hotel and Casino, Reno, Nevada. Engaged as a blackjack dealer. Well liked and well regarded as a physical, recreational and sporting sort, Delmer's true passion was for the lake. As reported by the coroner, Delmer died of a heart attack somewhere between the lake and the tree. A most curious side note is the suicide the next day of Craig Hansen. Volunteer firefighter, estranged father of four and a poor tendency to drink. Mr. Hansen was the pilot of the plane that quite accidentally lifted Delmer Darion out of the water. Added to this, Mr. Hansen's tortured life met before with Delmer Darion just two nights previous. The weight of the guilt and the measure of coincidence so large, Craig Hansen took his life. And I Am Trying To Think This Was All Only A Matter Of Chance. The tale told at a 1961 awards dinner for the American Association Of Forensic Science by Dr. Donald Harper, president of the association, began with a simple suicide attempt. Seventeen year old Sydney Barringer. In the city of Los Angeles on March 23, 1958. The coroner ruled that the unsuccessful suicide had suddenly become a succesful homicide. To explain: The suicide was confirmed by a note, left in the breast pocket of Sydney Barringer. At the same time young Sydney stood on the ledge of this nine story building, an argument swelled three stories below. The neighbors heard, as they usually did, the arguing of the tenants and it was not uncommon for them to threaten each other with a shotgun, or one of the many handguns kept in the house. And when the shotgun accidentaly went off, Sydney just happend to pass. Added to this, the two tenants turned out to be: Fay and Arthur Barringer. Sydney's mother and Sydney's father. When confronted with the charge, which took some figuring out for the officers on the scene of the crime, Fay Barringer swore that she did not know that the gun was loaded. A young boy who lived in the building, sometimes a vistor and friend to Sydney Barringer said that he had seen, six days prior the loading of the shotgun. It seems that the arguing and the fighting and all of the violence was far too much for Sydney Barringer and knowing his mother and father's tendency to fight, he decided to do something. Sydney Barringer jumps from the ninth floor rooftop. His parents argue three stories below. Her accidental shotgun blast hits Sydney in the stomach as he passes the arguing sixth floor window. He is killed instantly but continues to fall, only to find, three stories below, a safety net installed three days prior for a set of window washers that would have broken his fall and saved his life if not for the hole in his stomach. So Fay Barringer was charged with the murder of her son and Sydney Barringer noted as an accomplice in his own death. And it is in the humble opinion of this narrator that this is not just "Something That Happened." This cannot be "One of those things..." This, please, cannot be that. And for what I would like to say, I can't. This Was Not Just A Matter Of Chance. Ohhhh. These strange things happen all the time.

Quiz Kid Donnie Smith:
I used to be smart, but now I'm just stupid.

Thurston Howell:
Brad, dear, who was it that said..."A man of genius has seldom been ruined but by himself"?

Quiz Kid Donnie Smith:
[quietly; to himself] ... Samuel Johnson...

Thurston Howell:
It was the lovely Samuel Johnson! Who also spoke of a fellow "who was not only dull... but a cause of dullness in others."

Quiz Kid Donnie Smith:
"The cause of dullness in others."

Thurston Howell:
Picky picky!

Quiz Kid Donnie Smith:
Let me tell you this; Samuel Johnson never had his life shit on... and taken from him, and his money stolen! Who took his life and his money? His parents? His mommy, and daddy? Make him live this life like this... A man of genius who gets shit on as a child!... and that scars! That hurts! Have you ever been hit by lightning? It hurts. It doesn't happen to everyone. It's an electrical charge. It finds its way across the universe... and it lands in your body, and your head! And as for ruined, but by himself... not if his parents took his freaking life... and his money, and tell you to do this... and to do that, and if you don't...!

Smiling Peanut Patron #1:
Your parents took your money you won on that game show?

Quiz Kid Donnie Smith:
Yes! They did. [to Thurston] What does that mean, a spoke in the wheel?

Thurston Howell:
Things go round and round, don't they?

Quiz Kid Donnie Smith:
Yes, they do... They do. But I'll make my dreams come true.

Thurston Howell:
Sounds sad as a weeping willow.

Quiz Kid Donnie Smith:
I used to be smart. But now I'm just stupid.

Thurston Howell:
[raising his glass] Shall we drink to that?

Quiz Kid Donnie Smith:
I'm sick... I'm sick here now. I confuse melancholy with depression sometimes. You see?

Thurston Howell:
Why don't you run along now, friend? Your dessert is getting cold.

Quiz Kid Donnie Smith:
I'm sick.

Thurston Howell:
Stay that way.

Quiz Kid Donnie Smith:
I'm sick, and I'm in love.

Thurston Howell:
You seem the sort of person who confuses the two.

Quiz Kid Donnie Smith:
That's right! That's the first time you've been right. I confuse the two, and I don't care! [to Brad] I love you. I love you, and I'm sick. I'll talk to you - I'll talk to you tomorrow. I'm getting corrective oral surgery tomorrow... for my teeth. I love you, Brad. Brad the bartender. You want to love me back? I'll be good to you. I'll be goddamn good for you. I won't be mad if you don't know who said what. I won't punish you if you get the answer wrong. I can teach you, and tell you...

Thurston Howell:
Brad, you have a special secret crush over there, I think. Don't treat him too lovely. He might get hurt...

Quiz Kid Donnie Smith:
You, shut up! Mind your own business!

Thurston Howell:
Gently, son!

Quiz Kid Donnie Smith:
Brad, I know you don't love me now.

Thurston Howell:
It's a dangerous thing to confuse children with angels.

Quiz Kid Donnie Smith:
Brad, I know you don't love me now...You wanna know the common element for the entire group like he asked? I'll tell you the answer: I'll tell you 'cause I had that one. [pointing to the TV] I had that question. Carbon. Carbon. In pencil lead, it's in the form of graphite. In coal, it's mixed up with other impurities and in the diamond, it's in hard form. [in the voice of Jimmy Gator, the TV quiz show announcer] 'Well, all we really wanted to know was the common element, Donnie, but thank you for all that unnecessary knowledge. Ha, ha, kids! Head's so full of useless knowledge. Thank you. Thank you.' And the book says: 'We may be through with the past, but the past is not through with us!' [To Howell] And no, it is not dangerous to confuse children with angels!

Linda Partridge:
[to her lawyer] I have to tell you something, I have something to tell you. I want to change his will. Can I change his will? I need to....No, no, no, you see, uhm, I never loved him. I never loved him. Earl. When I met him, when I started, I met him, I fucked him, and I married him because I wanted his money. Do you understand? I'm telling you this. I've never told anyone, I didn't love him, but now, you know, I know I'm in that will. I mean, we're all there together. We made that fucking thing and all the money I'll get. And I don't want it, because I love him so much now. I've fallen in love with him now for real as he's dying. And, uhm, I look at him, and he's about to go, Alan. He's moments. I took care of him through this, Alan. What now, then? I don't want him to die. I didn't love him when we met, and I did so many bad things to him that he doesn't know. Things that I want to confess to him, but now I do. I love him....This isn't any fucking medication talking! This isn't -- I don't know, I don't know. Can you give me nothing? You, you have power of attorney! Can you go, can you go in the final fucking moments and change the will? I-I don't want any money. I couldn't live with myself with this thing that I've done. I've done so many bad things. I fucked around. I fucking cheated on him. I fucking cheated on him, Alan! There. There. You're his lawyer, our lawyer. I am his wife. We are married. I broke the contract of marriage. I fucked around on him many times. I sucked other men's cocks...

Alan Kligman:
Linda, stop. Now you take a moment, you breathe, and one thing at a time.

Linda Partridge:
Shut the fuck up.

Alan Kligman:
You know what would help you, Linda?

Linda Partridge:
Shut the fuck up. Shut the fuck up.

Alan Kligman:
You need to sober up.

Linda Partridge:
Now, you must really shut the fuck up now, please - shut the fuck up.

Alan Kligman:
Linda.

Linda Partridge:
I have to go.

Alan Kligman:
Let me call you a car, Linda.

Linda Partridge:
Shut the fuck up.

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