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Kevin Kline stars as Errol Flynn, the swashbuckling Hollywood star and notorious ladies man, in this stylish biopic about the actors' final years and high-flying, May-December romance with underage starlet, Beverly Aadland (Dakota Fanning).
In October 1959, when actor Errol Flynn
died of a heart attack at the age of fifty (in the
Vancouver apartment of Dr. Grant Gould,
uncle of pianist Glenn), his reputation as a
legendary roué was already entrenched in the
mind of a scandal-loving public. When that
same public learned that Flynn had died in the
arms of a seventeen-year-old starlet named
Beverly Aadland, the frenzied avalanche of
publicity was unprecedented. The story of
their May-December romance is stylishly
captured here in all of its Old Hollywood glory
by filmmakers Richard Glatzer and Wash
Beverly (Dakota Fanning, also at the
Festival in Night Moves) is only fifteen when,
she is spotted on a Warner Bros. sound stage
by Errol (Kevin Kline). The actor's hugely
successful career as a swashbuckling hero is
on the wane, derailed by some bad box office
and a publicized penchant for underage
girls. When Flynn first pursues her, Beverly
is hesitant; it is her ambitious mother,
Florence (Susan Sarandon), her own
dreams of stardom shattered, who encourages
the relationship. Given his troubled
past with women and the law, Flynn adopts
the principle of "hide in plain sight," and
enlists Florence as a third wheel, maintaining
a facade of propriety.
Despite their age difference, Beverly and
Errol find themselves to be kindred spirits.
He provides her with excitement and freedom
from the tyranny of pursuing a career only her
mother wants; she offers him true affection
as his popularity fades.
Fanning is sweetly genuine as the mature
nymphet, and Sarandon paints a sharp yet
sympathetic portrait of misdirected ambition.
Kevin Kline is superb as Errol Flynn,
charming, immature, generous, and ultimately
afraid; a man who would shield himself with
youth against the looming spectre of death.
- Richard Glatzer
- Richard Glatzer was born in New
York. His directing credits include
Grief (93), The Fluffer (01), both of
which screened at the Festival, and
Quinceañera (06), which won the
Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize
at Sundance. The Last of Robin Hood
(13) is his latest feature.
- Wash Westmoreland
- Wash Westmoreland was born in
Leeds, England. His features include
The Fluffer (01), which screened at
the Festival, Quinceañera (06), and
the documentary Gay Republicans
(04). With Glatzer he co-produced
Pedro (08), which also screened at
the Festival. The Last of Robin Hood
(13) is his latest film.