The Dying Gaul

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Released 2005


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Craig Lucas
The Dying Gaul is a 2005 drama film written and directed by Craig Lucas. The story is set in 1995 and follows Robert Sandrich (Peter Sarsgaard), a homosexual Hollywood writer. After losing his lover and agent Malcolm Cartonis (Bill Camp) to AIDS related cerebral tuberculosis, Robert begins to write a play, drawing inspiration from his pain and experiences, titled "The Dying Gaul" about a homosexual man and his lover. Upon its completion, Robert is approached by a successful movie producer named Jeffrey Tishop (Campbell Scott) and his wife Elaine (Patricia Clarkson) who are impressed by the depth of the script. Jeffrey offers to turn it into a movie, but only if Robert agrees to remove the homosexual characters and change to protagonist to a female. At first Robert refuses, but then concedes to making the changes when he is offered a large amount of money. Production goes along smoothly and Robert gets closer and closer to the married couple. Elaine eventually starts to become attracted to the writer, but she soon discovers a shocking secret that may end her marriage and change her life forever.moreless


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Metacritic Score

  • 90

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Mr. Sarsgaard gives the riskiest screen performance of his career. Save perhaps for Sean Penn's outbursts in "Dead Man Walking" and "Mystic River," no actor in a recent American fi...

  • 60

    Variety Robert Koehler

    Despite a reliable cast led by Scott, Patricia Clarkson and Peter Sarsgaard, the human impact is ultimately lost in a too calculated scenario.

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    Although The Dying Gaul tries to evoke the pathos of Greek tragedy and the stars strive heroically, there's none of the requisite grandeur in this trio of creeps to make it worth c...

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