White Palace (1990)

“Honey, I got everything you need.” – Nora

Number of Times Seen – 1 (17 Mar 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A young widower from a high class family falls in love with a poor waitress who is much older than him, but can their love survive the differences between them?

My Take on it – This is a film that I recall hearing about when it came out yet never had the urge to see what it was all about.

The overall premise is an enjoyable one that has been done numerous times in the past.

The difference here is the way that they add in both the social class and age elements that help make it stand apart from the others.

Unfortunately tho, the story itself is a bit too bland and that hurts things a bit too much.

James Spader and Susan Sarandon are both great actors and they have nice chemistry in this film that helps make us believe their quick relationship.

The problem is that the story drags along a bit too much and there are some scenes that take away from the plausibility of things which is a bit disappointing.

Loved seeing Jason Alexander in this film since we get to see him in his pre-George Costanza mode that shows us how he could play other kind of characters than the neurotic one he is best known for.

Bottom Line – Interesting idea that has been done quite often, but this film adds an element about the differences in social classes between the characters in addition to the age difference.  Spader and Sarandon are bot quite god here and I liked the way that both of there characters surprise along the way. They both have really nice chemistry together and that helps make parts of this film feel quite believable even if there are a few scenes that don’t manage to work as well. Fun seeing Alexander in this film in a Pre-George Costanza role that is very different from the kinds we are use to seeing him in.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Originally “White Palace” was to have been “White Castle”, and in the novel specific reference is made to a real White Castle location at the intersection of S. Grand Blvd. and Gravois Ave. in south St. Louis, Mo., but the White Castle chain wouldn’t give permission for their trademarked name to be used in either the novel or the movie, or allow the use of any of their restaurants for film locations. The diner used for the film’s “White Palace” restaurant tried to change its name to White Palace after the film was released, but the studio refused permission, so it was renamed “White Knight” by its owners instead. It still exists and is open for business. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)


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