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Heartburn (1986)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  25 July 1986 (USA)
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An autobiographical look at the breakup of Ephron's marriage to Carl "All the President's Men" Bernstein that was also a best-selling novel. The Ephron character, Rachel is a food writer at... See full summary »

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An autobiographical look at the breakup of Ephron's marriage to Carl "All the President's Men" Bernstein that was also a best-selling novel. The Ephron character, Rachel is a food writer at a New York magazine who meets Washington columnist Mark at a wedding and ends up falling in love with him despite her reservations about marriage. They buy a house, have a daughter, and Rachel thinks they are living happily ever after until she discovers that Mark is having an affair while she is waddling around with a second pregnancy. Written by Lisa Todorovich

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Sex... Love... Marriage. Some people don't know when to quit! See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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25 July 1986 (USA)  »

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A Difícil Arte de Amar  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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$25,314,289 (USA)
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The film doesn't make this explicit, but in real-life, Nora Ephron had been so upset by her husband's infidelity that she went into labor prematurely. See more »

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When Rachel begins a tape recording of her life with the baby, she identifies herself as "Rachel Samstat". There is no reason for her to use her maiden name, and in the rest of the movie she uses her married name. See more »

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Mark Forman: [taking a very pregnant Rachel to the hospital] Just keep breathing, you can do it.
Rachel Samstat: [panting] I don't want to do it, honey. Can't we get somebody else to do it?
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References An Officer and a Gentleman (1982) See more »

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Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Sung by Jack Nicholson
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Very Good Drama
24 April 2002 | by (Carmel, NY) – See all my reviews

Heartburn is probably classified as a "chick flick", but I don't care. It is a very good story about real people living in the real world. I'm sure there are many men out there that would probably fall asleep during this, due to lack of machine gun fire or kung foo fighting. But for women it is a great slice of life piece. I could watch it over and over again. It has some great comedic moments, from Mark (Jack Nicholson) and his friend Arthur (Richard Masur) several times as they have profound discussions about every day things in a Woody Allen type banter. One part that always touches me is when Rachel finds out about Mark's affair and confronts him. A few minutes later she is packing up to leave and we hear Carly Simon's song "Coming Around Again" on the soundtrack. If you listen to the lyrics of the song it perfectly fits the action that is going on at that moment. It helps the viewer understand Rachel's despair. Her idea of the perfect marriage has been shattered.

Anyway, if you want to watch a movie with heart, then this is it. I think many of the people who say this movie is boring or garbage are too used to today's action standards and dismiss it too quickly. By the way, this is also a semi biographical account of now director Nora Ephron's marriage to a Washington journalist. The book is also a good read as well. If you think Mark treated her badly in the movie, it is nothing compared to the book.

In summary, Heartburn is a movie for people who are emotional and intelligent.


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