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Heartburn (1986)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 25 July 1986 (USA)
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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Two Oscar Winning Stars Combine With An Oscar Winning Director [UK Theatrical] See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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25 July 1986 (USA)  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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$25,314,289 (USA)
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Trivia

According to Jon Danziger at the website 'Digitally Obsessed', "the word back in the day was that Mandy Patinkin was originally slated to play the [lead male] role [of Mark Forman], but somehow got tainted by too much contact with [Carl] Bernstein [Nora Ephron's ex-husband who the character is based on], and wanted to make the character more likable; [director Mike] Nichols quickly snuffed that out, and brought in a last-minute replacement, his leading man from Carnal Knowledge (1971)...Jack Nicholson". See more »

Goofs

After saying she was making a key lime pie for dinner, Rachel is seen at a produce dept buying regular limes, rather than key limes. See more »

Quotes

Mark Forman: When we're married, I want this once a week.
Rachel Samstat: I'm never getting married again. I don't believe in marriage.
Mark Forman: Neither do I.
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Connections

References Inherit the Wind (1960) See more »

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Beer Barrel Polka
Written by Jaromir Vejvoda, Wladimir A. Timm (as W.A. Time) and Lew Brown
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Poor Use of Splendid Cast
1 March 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

When viewing this movie, I en visualized a film making challenge. It was almost like presenting a class of senior year cinematic arts students with a graduate project. Take Jack Nicholson, Meryl Streep and add a few seasoned comedic supporting members such as Catharine O'Hara, and produce the most boring movie imaginable.

The set was dreary, repetitive, and depressing. Nicholson and Streep took to their characters well, but even their efforts couldn't save this one. The lackluster plot was commonplace and predictable. It played out like a slow moving expanded drama that replicates itself millions of times in American homes. In fact many of you could have watched the same drama unfold in the homes of your neighbors, co-workers or family. So why go to the theater or rent this DVD?


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