Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001)

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In New York City, the lives of a lawyer, an actuary, a house-cleaner, a professor and the people around them intersect as they ponder order and happiness in the face of life's cold unpredictability.




  • John Turturro in Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001)
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  • Matthew McConaughey at an event for Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001)
  • Amy Irving in Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001)
  • Alan Arkin at an event for Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001)

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18 June 2015 | SnoopyStyle
| Great cast doing good work
This is divided into sections each about an aphorism. Lawyer Troy (Matthew McConaughey) is celebrating a win at a bar with his colleagues. Then he hits a pedestrian and decides to drive off. Walker (John Turturro) is a physics professor who is cheating on his wife Patricia (Amy Irving) and she suspects him. Beatrice (Clea DuVall) is a maid but her sweet blissful nature is shaken after getting run over by Troy. Gene (Alan Arkin) is a cynical insurance claims manager with family problems and bitter at his happy co-worker.

There are interesting stories and good performances. The cast is amazing. It aspires to be philosophically deep and meaningful. The meandering nature of the story telling leaves me wondering if the movie is actually saying anything. The rotating characters do not allow the tension to build. It needs to rebuild every 15 minutes. I wonder if the movie would be a lot better following one character and dropping the philosophical pretense.

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In an interview, the director said: "We finished the script for 13 Conversations in eight weeks--it was finished before Clockwatchers actually came out. What happened was I had to do a lot of traveling with Clockwatchers to festivals and we actually won a prize at the Turin Festival. Thankfully, it was a cash prize, about $18,000, and we took that money and worked on 13 Conversations. But right after Clockwatchers we actually went back to doing temp work and trying to raise funding to make our next movie, and suddenly it's three-and-a-half years later. We took odd jobs, used credit cards--we kept thinking that big break was just right around the corner. I think we would've walked away from it altogether, but periodically something encouraging would happen to keep us going."


Walker: Why do you wanna be a doctor anyhow?
Chris Hammond: So I can help people.
Walker: How? By keeping them alive today so you can prolong their misery until tomorrow?


Walker writes the formula for acceleration incorrectly on the blackboard. It should be f/s2, where he writes (f/s)2. Then, a student says: "Don't you have to assume that the velocity is constant during the deceleration period?", and Walker partly agrees. Deceleration means that the velocity (or rather the speed) diminishes - constant velocity means there is no deceleration or acceleration. A physics teacher should never make these mistakes.

Crazy Credits

Shawn Elliott is correctly spelled in the first set of credits, but is spelled as 'Shawn Elliot" in the end credits.


Wohl denen die da Wandeln
Music by
Heinrich Schütz (as Heinrich Schuetz)
Vocal arrangement by Richard Erickson
Sung by Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Parish Choir


Plot Summary




Release Date:

5 July 2002


English, German, Italian

Country of Origin


Filming Locations

New York, USA

Box Office


$4,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$89,499 27 May 2002

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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