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Heights is a 2005 Merchant Ivory Productions film that follows a pivotal twenty-four hours in the interconnected lives of five New Yorkers. It stars Elizabeth Banks as Isabel, a photographer, James Marsden as Jonathan, a Jewish lawyer and Isabel s fiancé, Glenn Close as Diana, Isabel s mother, Jesse Bradford as Alec, an actor, and John Light as Peter, a journalist. Numerous prominent actors such as Eric Bogosian, George Segal, and Isabella Rossellini appear in supporting roles.


Over the course of 24 hours, a group of New Yorkers, whose lives are interconnected, must make pivotal decisions about their relationships. Most notably, Isabel (Banks), a photographer, is having second thoughts about her engagement to Jonathan (Marsden), while her award-winning actress mother Diana (Close) suspects that her husband is having an affair and thus questions the open nature of her marriage.


  • Glenn Close – Diana Lee
  • Elizabeth Banks – Isabel Lee
  • James Marsden – Jonathan Kestler
  • Jesse Bradford – Alec Lochka
  • John Light – Peter Cole
  • Rufus Wainwright – Jeremy
  • Denis O Hare – Andrew
  • Eric Bogosian – Henry
  • George Segal – Rabbi Mendel
  • Andrew Howard – Ian
  • Isabella Rossellini – Liz
  • Matthew Davis – Mark
  • Michael Murphy – Jesse
  • Chandler Williams – Juilliard Macbeth
  • Bess Wohl – Juilliard Lady Macbeth
  • Thomas Lennon – Marshall
  • Jim Parsons – Oliver
  • Angel Desai – Laura

Release and reception

The film premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival before receiving a theatrical release that June.

The film received generally positive reviews with a 64% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Roger Ebert gave the film a positive review, stating that its chief pleasure comes through simple voyeurism. It is entertaining to see the lives of complex people become brutally simple all of a sudden. Variety noted the quality of the ensemble acting.

The film received an award from the Casting Society of America for Best Independent Feature Film Casting (with the award going to James Calleri).

Year 2005
ReleaseDate 2005-07-15
RuntimeMins 93
RuntimeStr 1h 33min
Plot Spanning twenty-four hours, Heights follows five New Yorkers challenged to choose their destiny before the sun comes up the next day.
Awards Awards, 1 win & 1 nomination
Directors Chris Terrio
Writers Amy Fox, Chris Terrio
Stars Elizabeth Banks, Glenn Close, James Marsden
Produced by John P. Adams,Paul Bradley,Richard Hawley,James Ivory,Ismail Merchant,Pierre Proner
Music by Ben Butler,Martin Erskine
Cinematography by Jim Denault
Film Editing by Sloane Klevin
Casting By James Calleri
Production Design by Marla Weinhoff
Art Direction by Diane Lederman
Costume Design by Marina Draghici
Makeup Department Martial Corneville,Kabuki,Christine Leiter,Claus Lulla
Production Management George Norfleet
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director David Blazina,Thomas Fatone,Patrick D. Gibbons
Art Department Sarah Berney,Andrew Call,Ana Katharina Drechsler,Maus Drechsler,Eric Friedewald,Ruth Marcus,Julian Peploe,Jennifer Scarlata,Duke Scoppa,Isaac Scranton,Lance Turnbow,Cedar Valentine,Gary Wattson,Crystal River Williams,Kyle Willshire,Meghan Duran
Sound Department Coll Anderson,Brian Bowles,Nancy Cabrera,Ryan Collison,Robert Hein,Andy Kris,Marshall McGee,Stuart Stanley,Thomas Varga,Akil Wilson,Chris Fondulas,Larry Hopkins,Chris Navarro
Visual Effects by Luke DiTommaso,Markus Janner,Jennifer Russomanno,Keith Yurevitz
Stunts Peter Epstein
Camera and Electrical Department David Armstrong,K.C. Bailey,Ken Billington,Maria Calvaruso,Paola Cantoni,James Casey,Dennis de Jesus,Glenn Fishel,Dennis Green,Steven Hampoff,Tom Kempf,Brenda Ann Kenneally,Joe Monge,Thomas O’Connor,Benjamin Pearcy,John Pirozzi,Brad Robertson,Eddie Rodriguez,Susan Shacter,Jack Sheer,Mauricio Soto,Joia Speciale,Walter Thomson,James Thorne,Timothy Wood,George Bianchini,Riad Deeb,Alec Jarnagin,Jose Lorente,Mike Morini,Paul Niccolls,David Troutman,J. Dan Wright
Casting Department Alaine Alldaffer,Lindsay Chag,Pat Golden,Keith Gunthorpe,Kristen Jackson,Nicole Lorenzetti
Costume and Wardrobe Department Lynn Falconer,Amanda Ford,Rachel Greene,John Kristiansen,Nina Schelich,Elizabeth Semrai,Julie Trainer
Editorial Department Steve Blakely,Tim Bond,Perri B. Frank,Diana Oliva,Noëlle Penraat,Dave Pultz,Larry Schmitt,Katherine Skjerping,Ben Stauffer
Location Management Meghan Glennon,Charlynne J. Hopson,Alexander Kalkines,Rob Roy
Music Department Ramsay Adams,John Carbonara,Richard Hawley,Dave Hnatiuk,Alex Proner,Martin Erskine
Script and Continuity Department Rebecca Fulton
Transportation Department Gary Mahr,Ray Nevin Sr.,Ken Nevin
Additional Crew Vikas Bandhu,Abigail Barrett,Steve Blakely,Susan H. Bodine,Michael J. Cargill,Jeremy Crane,Martin Crimp,Meghan Duran,John Eremic,Irin Evers,Marta Forns-Escudé,Ben Forrer,Bruce Hall,Linda Hanrahan,Marlus Harding,Jackson Kaufelt,Sunil Kirparam,Bernard-Marie Koltès,Sarah Kramer,Brian Mait,Jennifer Markowitz,Sam Masotto,Richard McCune,Anne McSweeney,Jennifer Monatlik,Katy Oliver,Leah Ramella,Justin Ritson,Nabeel Sarwar,Melanie Shanley,Matthew Signer,Ben Spencer,Thevaki Thambirajah,Clayton Thomas,Kim Thompson,Frank Troutman,James Wilson,Michael Barnes,Georgina Cabrera,Alex Harder,Brett Hauze,Angela Jensen,Shara Lerman,Stacy Pagac
Thanks Merrick Adrianson,Sam Bhadha,Darlene Charence,Adam Feldman,Susan Friedman,Nathan Slate Joseph,Rod Lamborn,Chazz Levi,Jesse Lichtenstein,Latifa Medjdoub,Jeffrey Muhs,Charlotte Newhouse,Jesse Newhouse,Sarah Oliphant,Greg Owens,Jon Paul Riggle,William Vincent,Irwin Young
Genres Drama, Romance
Companies Merchant Ivory Productions
Countries USA
Languages English, Spanish, Hebrew
ContentRating R
ImDbRating 6.8
ImDbRatingVotes 4729
MetacriticRating 59
Keywords voyeurism,voyeur,forbidden love,adultery,pantyhose