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Random Hearts (1999)

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A police sergeant and a congresswoman both lose their spouses in a plane crash, and they soon discover that their spouses were having an affair with each other.

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Sydney Pollack

Writers:

Warren Adler (novel), Darryl Ponicsan (adaptation) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Harrison Ford ... Dutch Van Den Broeck
Kristin Scott Thomas ... Kay Chandler
Charles S. Dutton ... Alcee
Bonnie Hunt ... Wendy Judd
Dennis Haysbert ... Detective George Beaufort
Sydney Pollack ... Carl Broman
Richard Jenkins ... Truman Trainor
Paul Guilfoyle ... Dick Montoya
Susanna Thompson ... Peyton Van Den Broeck
Peter Coyote ... Cullen Chandler
Dylan Baker ... Richard Judd
Lynne Thigpen ... Phyllis Bonaparte
Susan Floyd ... Molly Roll
Bill Cobbs ... Marvin
Kate Mara ... Jessica Chandler
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After the death of their loved ones in a tragic plane crash Harrison Ford and Kristin Scott Thomas find keys in their loved ones' possessions and realize that they were having an affair and must figure out all the details. Written by Andy Heitz

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In a perfect world, they never would have met. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Mystery | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brief violence, sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official Site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 October 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ahava Mikreat See more »

Filming Locations:

Baltimore, Maryland, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$64,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,012,585, 10 October 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$31,054,924, 21 November 1999

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$74,160,911
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Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The names of the main characters in the novel on which "Random Hearts" is based are Edward and Vivien. This was likely changed for the film as Edward and Vivien are well known as the names of the main characters in "Pretty Woman". See more »

Goofs

When Kay arrives at the cabin, there is a motorcycle parked on her left as she exits her car. When she leaves, that motorcycle has become a large SUV. See more »

Quotes

Kay Chandler: Don't you... *fuck* with me!
Dutch Van Den Broeck: If you don't like that word, don't use it.
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Referenced in Micmacs (2009) See more »

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Feliz
Written by Gregory Alper
Performed by The Alper Quartet
Courtesy of Magnum Opus Records
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absorbing, ultimately unsatisfying
26 February 2006 | by nelsoneddySee all my reviews

Random Hearts snuck up on me. Criticized for the implausibility of a) the premise and b) the pairing of an IA cop and a Congresswoman, as well as for its slowness, the film felt just fine to me , and even ended up being surprisingly absorbing. I found my interest engaged as the film cut back and forth between Ford's and Thomas's lives as they first found out about, and dealt in very different ways in very different environments with, their spouses' deaths and the subsequent revelation that they were involved with other people. It could happen; two people's philandering spouses could be on the same plane, the plane could go down, the survivors could be brought together by the aftermath. So what if it's improbable? Improbable is not the same as far-fetched. So..what if it did happen? Why not speculate?

Ford's and Thomas's performances are believable and nuanced. Instead of finding their coupling implausible (opposite sides of the tracks--give me a break) I felt it driven by a grief and betrayal neither party knew how to deal with. The script does not bring them together too soon or too easily, and the end of the film does not resolve their relationship conventionally, either. Where I find it unsatisfying is when the dialogue brings up interesting wrinkles in or insights into the ramifications of the situation, personal and professional, but never seems to pursue any of them very far. And if you make the mistake of thinking about it too hard, Harrison Ford does seem about 10 years too old for the part.

For five and a half bucks at Wal-Mart, with full length director commentary and behind-the-scenes featurette, the DVD is well worth owning. I don't think I would pay $20 for it on a bet, but my wife might. OK, ten...


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