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Dying Young (1991)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  21 June 1991 (USA)
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After she discovers that her boyfriend has betrayed her, Hilary O'Neil is looking for a new start and a new job. She begins to work as a private nurse for a young man suffering from blood ... See full summary »

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After she discovers that her boyfriend has betrayed her, Hilary O'Neil is looking for a new start and a new job. She begins to work as a private nurse for a young man suffering from blood cancer. Slowly, they fall in love, but they always know their love cannot last because he is destined to die. Written by Harald Mayr <marvin@bike.augusta.de>

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She's giving him something nobody else could. A reason to live.

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$33,669,178 (USA)
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Trivia

Daniel Day-Lewis, Cary Elwes, Andy Garcia, Mel Gibson and James Spader all turned down the role of Victor Geddes, until Campbell Scott was eventually cast. See more »

Goofs

Snow covers the ground the night of the big party in Mendocino, and the roads are frozen over with ice, but the next morning, the snow and ice is completely gone from the entire landscape. See more »

Quotes

Hilary O'Neil: I told Estelle you have a terminal disease.
Victor Geddes: What?
Hilary O'Neil: Assholeitis.
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Connections

Referenced in The Golden Girls: Hey, Look Me Over (1991) See more »

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LOVE THEME FROM DYING YOUNG
Written by James Newton Howard
Produced and performed by Kenny G
Courtesy of Arista Records, Inc.
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Wonderful, moving film
28 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As many other comments have said, this is a truly moving film. I had a friend who suffered from leukemia, but she didn't make it. All the despair, hope, and courage she displayed is displayed by Campbell Scott.

And Campbell Scott - what an actor, who has never made it "big", but perhaps he doesn't want to. My favorite comment I ever read about him is this: with George C. Scott and Colleen Dewhurst as his parents, this guy could run the Kentucky Derby and win.

Julia Roberts, way before Erin Brockovich, shows compassion and a resilience to helping Vincent. Of course we know that she will eventually fall in love with him, as he does with her.

I like that the movie ends in a "grey" area. We are left to wonder if Vincent makes it and if Hilary stays with him. Truly a well-made film that deserved more notice.


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