The Year of Kevin Kline: A Look Back at His Three Films in 1997

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1997, The Year of Kevin Kline
1997, The Year of Kevin Kline. Photo: IMDB - is one of the most versatile and acclaimed actors in Hollywood, with a career spanning over four decades and multiple genres. He has won an Oscar, two Tonys, and three Golden Globes, among other awards.

He is also known for his comedic timing, his dramatic range, and his musical talent. But perhaps one of his most memorable years was , when he starred in three very different films that showcased his diverse skills and earned him critical and commercial success.

In & Out: A Comedy About Coming Out

is a 1997 directed by Frank Oz and written by Paul Rudnick. It stars Kevin Kline as Howard Brackett, a high school English teacher in a small town in Indiana, who is outed as gay by his former student Cameron Drake (Matt Dillon), a Hollywood star who wins an Oscar for playing a gay soldier.

The film follows Howard's struggle to deal with his sexuality, his relationship with his fiancée Emily (Joan Cusack), and the media frenzy that surrounds him. The film also features Tom Selleck as Peter Malloy, a gay reporter who falls for Howard, and Debbie Reynolds as Howard's supportive mother.

The film was inspired by Tom Hanks's acceptance speech at the 1994 Oscars, where he thanked his gay teacher and a gay classmate. The film was praised for its humor, its heart, and its positive portrayal of gay characters.

It was also a box office hit, grossing over $63 million in the US. Joan Cusack was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Emily, but lost to Kim Basinger in L.A. Confidential.

Fierce Creatures: A Satire of Corporate Greed

is a 1997 comedy film directed by Robert Young and Fred Schepisi, and written by John Cleese. It is a spiritual sequel to the 1988 film A Fish Called Wanda, as it reunites the same four main actors: Kevin Kline, John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Michael Palin.

However, the film has a different plot and characters, and is not a direct continuation of the previous film.

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