One from the Heart (1981)

R  |   |  Romance  |  6 August 1982 (Sweden)
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Hank and Frannie don't seem to be able to live together anymore. After a five-year relationship, lustful and dreamy Fanny leaves down-to-earth Hank on the anniversary of their relationship.... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Leila (as Nastassia Kinski)
Restaurant Owner (as Allen Goorwitz)
Jeff Hamlin ...
Airline Ticket Agent
Italia Coppola ...
Couple in Elevator
Carmine Coppola ...
Couple in Elevator
Edward Blackoff ...
James Dean ...
Understudy (as Rebecca de Mornay)


Hank and Frannie don't seem to be able to live together anymore. After a five-year relationship, lustful and dreamy Fanny leaves down-to-earth Hank on the anniversary of their relationship. Each one of them meets their dream mate, but as bright as they may seem, they are but a stage of lights and colours. Will true love prevail over a seemingly glamorous passion? Welcome to Coppola's Broadway-like romantic musical. Written by umyde

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Release Date:

6 August 1982 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Golpe al corazón  »

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$27,000,000 (estimated)


$900,000 (USA)

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1.37 : 1
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Carmine Coppola:  The director's father appears with his wife Italia as a couple in an elevator. See more »


When Hank removes Frannie from Ray's room, Ray puts on a robe, and he is not wearing any underwear. However, after Ray yells at Hank from the balcony, his robe falls open, and he is shown wearing jockey shorts. See more »


Leila: If you wanna get rid of a circus girl, all you've gotta do is close your eyes.
Hank: Yeah? Then what, circus girl?
Leila: She disappears. Like spit on a griddle.
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References Casablanca (1942) See more »


It's Raining Cuban Cigars
Written by Tom Waits (uncredited)
Played on piano and sung by Raul Julia (uncredited)
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The musical beauty of romance, as only Coppola or Woody Allen could picture it
5 November 2002 | by (Monte Estoril, Portugal) – See all my reviews

I have never been in the United States, least of all in New York. But through some directors' works I have built up an image of the city that never sleeps that's made of jazz, petty crooks and gangsters, Godard-lovers, intellectual wanna-be socialite... For all I know, New York is what can be seen through the eyes of Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese... and Francis Ford Coppola.

I would pretty much compare ONE FROM THE HEART to Allen's MANHATTAN, in the sense that both are new-yorkers visions of romance and beauty, filtered through a broadway theatrical and glamorous sensibility. This film, however, unlike MANHATTAN, isn't about New York. It's about spining through the spotlights of a city that parties all night long (cabarets, jazz, dance and magical flirts), only to realize that in the end, it's going to be your simple significant other waiting for you in the backstage.

The staging of the whole movie helps a lot, in the sense that's it's all filmed in studio. Magical skies and dawns that make it easy to pass from a store-window directly to a sunset in Bora-Bora; lust and life and music in what I would consider the last great musical. Every once in a while, Coppola gives us a glimpse of his more passionate side. This would then be the sunny side of the melancholic DRACULA.

Add to the magical staging the nightly cabaret-like musical score by Tom Waits and Crystal Gayle and one can't help but be amazed with it all. And I thought I was surprised by Woody Allen's EVERYONE SAYS I LOVE YOU.

If this is the way new-yorkers see life, that's the city I want to live in.

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