Magnolia is a 1999 motion picture, written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, which tells the story of a peculiar interaction among several individuals during one apparently normal day in the San Fernando Valley, California.
Interweaving nine separate yet connected storylines, Magnolia was self-consciously produced with heavy independent film influences, in a style quite far from what's currently common in mainstream Hollywood films - although it was well financed by New Line Cinema.
The length of the film also defied convention at 188 minutes (3h:08m).
It featured an ensemble cast of Julianne Moore, Jason Robards, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Tom Cruise, Luis Guzman, Philip Baker Hall, April Grace, Ricky Jay, Orlando Jones, William H. Macy, Alfred Molina, Jeremy Blackman, Michael Murphy, John C. Reilly, Melinda Dillon, Melora Walters, Michael Bowen, Thomas Jane and Felicity Huffman.
Cruise was nominated for best supporting actor in the Academy Awards and won the award in the same category at the Golden Globes of 2000.
Robards was memorable as an elderly invalid, dying at home in bed.
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