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This movie purports to be based on a real couple. Probably the real couple was more interesting and complex, but surely not as attractive. I generally have problems with Baldwin and Basinger -- normally I find them both rather cold. That's not true in this movie though, perhaps because they were (I've read) having a torrid affair during the filming. In any event, there is real electricity between them, and I like the period atmosphere. I also like the sort of "Disney-fied feel" the movie has; they have filtered out all of the messy parts of reality and made everything comprehensible. It's fake, but it's an appealing fake.
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