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The Other Man is a 2008 British-American psychological thriller film directed by Richard Eyre. It stars Liam Neeson and Antonio Banderas as competitors for a woman s (Laura Linney) love. Released in 2008, the film was a box office bomb, earning just over $1 million against its $15 million budget.


Lisa, from the United States, is a shoe designer, married for 25 years to Peter Ryman, a software CEO from Northern Ireland. They live in Cambridge, and Lisa frequently travels to Milan on business. Peter disapproves of their daughter Abigail s boyfriend, George, and Lisa makes an oblique attempt to discuss her and Peter s monogamy, which he dismisses.

After Lisa dies, Abigail gives Peter a note with the message “Lake Como” from inside one of her mother s shoes. Peter discovers a romantic voicemail on Lisa s cell phone and a similar email on her computer from “Ralph,” as well as a password-protected folder named “Love.” Convinced that Lisa was having an affair, Peter wrongly accuses her colleague of the same name of being her lover. He replies to the email, “The Lisa you loved is no longer here,” but Ralph continues to write, believing he is still communicating with Lisa. Peter accesses Lisa s folder with the password “Lake Como,” discovering intimate pictures of her in Milan with another man. He has an employee illegally trace Ralph s IP address, revealing his physical address in Milan.

Peter travels to Milan and follows the half-Spanish, half-English cosmopolitan Ralph Cortés, striking up a conversation with him at a chess café. Over several meetings, Ralph – unaware of Peter s true identity – explains his twelve-year-long affair with Lisa. Having fallen in love with her despite knowing she was married, Ralph believes Lisa will soon rekindle their relationship. Concerned about her father, Abigail finds Ralph s messages and calls Ralph on Lisa s phone, confirming the affair. She confronts Peter in Milan, realizing he has become dangerously obsessed. Fixated on revenge, Peter goes to Ralph s apartment and discovers he is not the wealthy man he appears, but an impoverished building superintendent. Preparing to kill Ralph, Peter changes his mind and leaves.

Posing as Lisa, Peter emails Ralph, asking him to meet her at Lake Como. Ralph excitedly informs Peter, who gives him money to throw Lisa a lavish dinner party in London to seal their relationship. Buying expensive new clothes, Ralph arrives at the Villa d Este to reunite with Lisa, only to be met by Peter, who reveals that he was Lisa s husband and that she died of cancer. In flashbacks, as Peter and Abigail care for the dying Lisa, Peter asks her to write down the place where she was happiest; Lisa writes down “Lake Como” for Peter to find, and has Abigail hide the note in one of the shoes she was wearing when she first met Ralph. Admitting that his pretensions of wealth are a lie, Ralph explains that Lisa knew the truth and paid off his debts, declaring that she truly loved him, and Peter leaves.

Back home, Peter decides to attend the dinner Ralph has arranged to celebrate Lisa, and invites Abigail and George. With Lisa s friends and loved ones gathered, Peter swallows his anger at Ralph and gives a heartfelt toast to his wife s memory, reconciling with Abigail and finally welcoming George to their family. As Ralph starts a new life as a hospital orderly in London, Peter and Abigail – having finally found closure in Lisa s death – return home.


  • Liam Neeson as Peter Ryman
  • Antonio Banderas as Ralph Cortés
  • Laura Linney as Lisa Ryman
  • Romola Garai as Abigail Ryman
  • Pam Ferris as Vera
  • Paterson Joseph as Ralph, Lisa s colleague
  • Craig Parkinson as George
  • Richard Graham as Eric
  • Emma Fielding as Gail
  • Amanda Drew as Joy
  • Paul Ritter as Guy
  • Joseph Long as Maître d hôtel


The Other Man received negative reviews from film critics. It currently holds a 15% rating on Rotten Tomatoes with the consensus: “Despite the best efforts of a talented cast, The Other Man is talky, witless and tension-free.” It was a box office bomb as well, earning just over $1 million against its $15 million budget.

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Year 2008
ReleaseDate 2009-05-27
RuntimeMins 88
RuntimeStr 1h 28min
Plot The story of a husband who suspects his wife of adultery, and sets out to track down the other man in her life.
Directors Richard Eyre
Writers Richard Eyre, Charles Wood, Bernhard Schlink
Stars Liam Neeson, Antonio Banderas, Laura Linney
Produced by Frank Doelger,Michael Dreyer,Richard Eyre,Ute Leonhardt,Jan Mojto,Mary Beth O Connor,David Richenthal,Tracey Scoffield
Music by Stephen Warbeck
Cinematography by Haris Zambarloukos
Film Editing by Tariq Anwar
Casting By Nina Gold
Production Design by Gemma Jackson
Art Direction by Christina Moore
Set Decoration by Sarah Whittle
Costume Design by Consolata Boyle,Phoebe De Gaye
Makeup Department Yasmin Bentaieb,Georgiana Creanga,Allison Edwards,Lisa Grimwade,Swajunas Grybe,Marie Le Bihan,Tara McDonald,Nora Nona,Luca Saccuman,Nena Smarz,Jo Sugar,Noriko Watanabe,Terrance Wilson,Sue Wyburgh,Wakana Yoshihara
Production Management Aisha Bicknell,Alessandro Biraghi,Tania Blunden,Francesca Cingolani,Tim Porter,Emma Pike
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Enrico Clerico Nasino,Heidi Gower,Martin Harrison,Miguel Lombardi,Chris Stoaling,Ilaria Valentini,Charlie Waller,Nikolay Yordanov,Daniel Jerome Gill
Art Department Paul Bale,Ornella Baraldo,Ian Bee,Perry Bell,Jo Berglund,Bobby Betts,Lee Betts,Satarupa Bradley,Chris Brough,Damian Butlin,Amos Caparrotta,John Chamberlain,Pat Cronin,Gary Davies,Jack Dyer,Roy Elston,Kevin Fleet,Annie Gilhooly,Rohan Harris,David Haynes,Harry Haynes,John Haynes,G. Hosler,Aen Kavanagh,Carol Kupisz,Rob MacPherson,Piero Mandica,Steve Marquis,Stephen McGregor,Jonathan Millward,Campbell Mitchell,Graham Mitchell,Marco Neroni,Martin O Connor,Eddie O Neill,Cristina Onori,Dave Pesky,Tom Pleydell-Pearce,Floriano Porzionato,Kenny Richards,Brett Ridge,Steve Summersgill,Pietro Tessera,Leigh Thurbon,Stefano Vigato,Wolfgang Walther,Stuart Watson,Alex Wells,Su Whitaker,Chris White,Graham Caulfield
Sound Department Christopher Ackland,Harry Barnes,Roberto Cappannelli,Ed Colyer,Glen Gathard,Jim Greenhorn,Peter Hanson,Jethro Hegarty,Craig Irving,Andrea King,Keith Marriner,Steve Single,Jack Stew,Tristan Tarrant,Judah Getz,Chris Sturmer
Special Effects by Jem Lovett
Visual Effects by Lucy Ainsworth-Taylor,Richard Baillie,Michael Brazelton,Kelly Bruce,Stuart Bullen,Chris Coupland,Luan Davis,Alec Feegrade,Philip Greenlow,Charley Henley,Jeremy Hey,Max Horton,Jay Johnson,Toby Langley,Douglas Larmour,Victoria Mowlam,Scott Patton,Anthony Peck,Olivier Pron,Mark Streatfield,Giuseppe Tagliavini,John Van Hoey Smith,Paul Alexiou
Camera and Electrical Department Simon Baker,Stefano Biscaro,Ashley Bond,Paul Brewster,Antonio Coppola,Onofrio Coppola,Kat Cornes,Davide Martino Cortesi,James Cronin,Howard Davidson,Nicola Dove,Hamish Doyne-Ditmas,Mario Falco,Daniele Giuffrè,Felice Guzzi,Rawdon Hayne,Alice Hobden,Jon Hurley,Malcolm Huse,David Kempner,Chris Knoll,Alexis Lanitis,Brad Larner,Fortunato Maccotta,Iain MacKay,Marco Merlini,Romano Molter,Sam Phillips,Andrew Purdy,Laura Redpath,Tony Rowland,Emanuele Salvatore,Dave Sherman,James Smith-Pryor,Ricky Stelling,Alex Stevenson,Marco Tortora,Julian White,Matt Wilson,Steve Fitzpatrick,Jay Handscomb,Julian Perrin
Casting Department Robert Sterne,Abigail Barbier,Rose Wicksteed
Costume and Wardrobe Department Natalia Georgiadou,Jules Goldsmith,Tom Hornsby,Barbara Kuznar,Poli Kyriacou,Holly Waddington,Marion Weise,Rosie Grant
Editorial Department Matthew Bristowe,James Cundill,Richard Etchells,Max Horton,Jaime Leonard,Begoña Lopez,Tony Tromp,Pat Wintersgill,Mark Wright
Location Management Ali,Jo Beckett,Stefano Biraghi,Andy Davis,Sergio De Vidovich,Emilio Ferrari,Tom Forsyth,Richard Hill,Dean Hoskin,Andy McCloud,Amanda Stevens,Georgette Turner
Music Department Eleanor Alberga,Martin Allen,Mark Berrow,Peter Clarke,Paul Clarvis,Nick Cooper,Marcia Crayford,Chris Dibble,Andrew Dudman,Paul Englishby,Andrew Green,Isobel Griffiths,Tim Harries,Lewis Jones,Andy Kitchen,Charlotte Matthews,Rob Millet,John Parricelli,Nyree Pinder,Frank Ricotti,Jill Streater,Allen Walley,David Walter,Stephen Warbeck,Lucy Whalley,Robert White,Jonathan Williams,Rachel Bolt
Script and Continuity Department Karen Jones,Samantha Barber
Transportation Department Michael Bevan,Martin Birmingham,Roy Clarke,Adrian Davies,Saverio Del Zio,Gordon Farmer,Liam Fellowes,Fraser Henry,Paul Jones,Rob MacKnight,Bruce McCallum,Federico Mussato,David Ott Jr.,David Ott,John Ott,Steve Rodgers,Robert Smith,Pete Tabecki
Additional Crew Luca Alunni,Colette Appleby,Annie Barclay,Joanna Beckett,David Blank,Franca Boccabella,Olly Butler,Annabella Campiotti,Elena Casnati,Valeria Cavallaretto,Laura Cavallegtto,Federica Cinquepalmi,Ferdinando Cito Filomarino,Matt Curtis,Fabrizio De Angelis,Pierpaolo Di Sotto,Marie Dong,Federica Durigon,Elton Farla,Willy Faso,Fleur Fontaine,Geoffrey Garrett,Christian Giuliani,Gavin Hale,Hattie Harper,Boyd Harvey,Adrian Hubbard,Mick Hurrell,Daniel Johnson,Claudia Kalindjian,Ozgur Kaplan,Beth Hearn Keech,Gabby Le Rasle,Giorgina Melini,Paul Murphy,Jamie Newton,Clive Noakes,Andrea Pampallona,Alessandro Pantano,Lewis Partovi,Carla Maria Perrina,Yolanda J. Polonio,Shruti Shah,Roisin Stevenson,David Tanner,Helen Turner,Rocco Volpatti,Joan Washington,Doug Yates,Julian David Birri,Francesco Carignani,Emily Gardner,Adam Del Giudice,Paul Hayes,Alex Molden
Thanks Hardy Amies,Martin Armstrong,Hugo Boss,François Ivernel,Miles Ketley
Genres Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Companies Rainmark Films
Countries UK, USA
Languages English
ContentRating R
ImDbRating 5.4
ImDbRatingVotes 12006
MetacriticRating 34
Keywords cheating wife,plot twist,female nudity,female rear nudity,shoes