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Writers (WGA):
Craig Lucas (play)
Craig Lucas (screenplay)
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Release Date:
10 July 1992 (USA) See more »
A couple fall in love despite the girl's pessimistic outlook. As they struggle to come to terms with their relationship... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Alec Baldwin ... Peter Hoskins

Meg Ryan ... Rita Boyle

Kathy Bates ... Leah Blier

Ned Beatty ... Dr. Boyle

Patty Duke ... Mrs. Boyle

Richard Riehle ... Jerry Blier

Stanley Tucci ... Taylor
Sydney Walker ... Old Man

Rocky Carroll ... Tom

Debra Monk ... Aunt Dorothy
Ray Gill ... Uncle Fred
Ward Ohrman ... Minister

Annie Golden ... Tin Market Musician
Frank Carillo ... Tin Market Musician
Sally Murphy ... Bridesmaid #1

Salli Richardson-Whitfield ... Bridesmaid #2 (as Salli Richardson)
Victoria Haas ... Bridesmaid #3
Fern Persons ... Elderly Woman
JoBe Cerny ... Clerk
Josette DiCarlo ... Mother in Train Station
Peter Lloyd ... Jamaican Waiter
Richard C.W. Schutz ... Partygoer
Lucina Paquet ... Dancing Woman
Glendon Gabbard ... Dancing Man
Rob Riley ... Mr. Sokol
Jane Alderman ... Mrs. Sokol

Peter Hudson ... Hotel Band - Sax
Paul Hussey ... Hotel Band - Flute
Ozzie Wilkins ... Hotel Band - Trumpet
Robert Lindo ... Hotel Band - Trombone
Eric Miller ... Hotel Band - Piano
Andrew Fatta ... Hotel Band - Drums
Brian Jobson ... Hotel Band - Electric Guitar
Peter Couch ... Piano Player
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Larry Nazimek ... Office Employee (uncredited)

Directed by
Norman René 
Writing credits
Craig Lucas (play)

Craig Lucas (screenplay)

Produced by
Michael Gruskoff .... producer
Michael I. Levy .... producer
Craig Lucas .... co-producer
Catherine Meyers .... field producer: EPK
Jennifer Ogden .... executive producer
Norman René .... co-producer
Deborah Schindler .... associate producer
Original Music by
Howard Shore 
Cinematography by
Stefan Czapsky 
Film Editing by
Stephen A. Rotter 
Casting by
Natalie Hart 
Jason La Padura 
Production Design by
Andrew Jackness 
Art Direction by
W. Steven Graham 
Set Decoration by
Jennifer Chang Binns  (as Jennifer Chang)
Cindy Carr 
Costume Design by
Walker Hicklin 
Makeup Department
Lisa Collins .... additional makeup artist
Carl Fullerton .... makeup artist
Jacquie Gareave .... hair stylist: Jamaica
Jacquie Gareave .... makeup artist: Jamaica
Barbara Lorenz .... hair stylist
Tom Lucas .... makeup artist
Alan E. Schubert .... hair stylist
Gunnar Swanson .... hair stylist: Jamaica
Gunnar Swanson .... makeup artist: Jamaica
Kathe Swanson .... hair stylist
Kathe Swanson .... makeup artist
Production Management
JoAnn M. Laub .... post-production supervisor
Jennifer Ogden .... unit production manager
Jane Raab .... production supervisor: New York
Natalie Thompson .... production manager: Jamaica
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tony Adler .... first assistant director: New York
Julie A. Bloom .... second assistant director (as Julie Bloom)
Ellie Smith .... second second assistant director
Michael E. Steele .... first assistant director
Art Department
Paul V. Allen Sr. .... gang boss (as Paul Allen)
Jeff Balsmeyer .... storyboard artist
Edward England .... construction coordinator
Karen Fletcher Trujillo .... set designer (as Karen Fletcher)
Robert Griffon Jr. .... property master: New York
Kristen Kelly .... lead
Ray Kluga .... art director: New York
Quentin Matthys .... on set dresser
Anne McDermott .... lead person: New York
Michael Milgrom .... property master
Tyler Osman .... construction foreman
Susan Raney .... set decorator: New York (as Sue Raney)
Jon Ringbom .... scenic artist
Raymond M. Samitz .... construction coordinator: New York
Timothy W. Tiedje .... property master: Chicago
Lexa Van Doren .... art department assistant
Maxine Walters .... art director: Jamaica
Anthony Joseph Fatigato .... painter (uncredited)
Jeffrey Rollins .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
John Converso .... apprentice sound editor
Keiko Deguchi .... assistant adr editor
Gerald Donlan .... assistant adr editor
Tom Fleischman .... sound re-recording mixer
David Grossack .... assistant sound editor
Michael Jacobi .... adr editor
Les Lazarowitz .... sound mixer
Kevin Lee .... sound editor
Bitty O'Sullivan-Smith .... sound editor
Jac Rubenstein .... assistant sound editor
James Sabat .... sound mixer: Jamaica
Louis Sabat .... boom operator: Jamaica
Dan Sable .... supervising sound editor
Lynn Sable .... first assistant sound editor
Brian Vancho .... foley artist
Susan M. Wagner .... assistant sound editor (as Susan Wagner)
Deborah Wallach .... adr editor
Jeffrey A. Williams .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Sam Barkan .... special effects
Guy Clayton Jr. .... special effects
Jerry Lieberman .... special effects technician
Paul Meehan .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Randall Balsmeyer .... visual effects supervisor
Andy Hudson .... visual effects
Stacy Logan .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Alphonse Blumenthal .... best boy electric
Norman Buck .... key grip: New York
John F. Cassidy .... dolly grip: Jamaica
Eugene F. Crededio .... gaffer
Michael Green .... first assistant camera: New York
Roderick 'Sprinter' Levy .... best boy grip: Jamaica
Morgan Michael Lewis .... key grip (as Mike Morgan)
Dennis J. Lootens .... rigging gaffer
Bradley T. Matthys .... best boy grip
Danial Miller .... dolly grip (as Danny Miller)
Frank Miller .... camera operator
Kevin Murphy .... best boy grip: Jamaica
William R. Nielsen Jr. .... second assistant camera (as Billy Nielson Jr.)
Peter Norman .... camera operator: New York
Don Smetzer .... still photographer
Royburn 'Sugar' Thompson .... grip: Jamaica
Zoran Veselic .... first assistant camera
William Ward .... gaffer: New York
Keith Wheeler .... best boy electric: Jamaica
William Allen Jr. .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Laura Adler .... casting assistant
Catherine Jane Holzer .... extras casting (as Catherine Holzer-Ballowe)
Suzanne Jobson .... extras casting: Jamaica
David H. Kramer .... adr voice casting
Joan Philo .... extras casting
Mark A. Ridge .... extras casting
Susan Wieder .... casting associate: Chicago
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Irene Ferrari .... key costumer: New York
Ruth Francis .... costumer: Jamaica
Jennifer Jobst .... costume supervisor
Mitchell Ray Kenney .... costumer: Alec Baldwin (as Mitchell Kenney)
Cathy Newport-Logan .... costumer
Gina Panno .... costumer
Jennifer Weiss .... wardrobe department assistant
Editorial Department
Scott Bokun .... assistant editor
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Richard Friedlander .... first assistant editor
Agnes Grandits .... apprentice editor
Dennis McNeill .... color timer
Fred C. Vitale .... assistant editor (as Fred Vitale)
Steve Kraus .... editing systems technician (uncredited)
Music Department
Vince Caro .... assistant scoring engineer
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestra contractor
Homer Denison .... orchestrator
John Moses .... musician
Suzana Peric .... music editor
Nic Ratner .... assistant music editor
Howard Shore .... conductor
Lia Vollack .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Calvin Chin .... transportation captain
Richard Deangelo .... transportation coordinator
Wayne Jobson .... transportation coordinator: Jamaica
Other crew
Jacolyn Baker .... location manager
Raymond Bulinski .... craft service
Jeremy Francis .... location manager: Jamaica
Jack W. Haddox .... production auditor
Don J. Hug .... assistant location manager
West Humphries .... caterer
Mary A. Kelly .... script supervisor (as Mary Kelly)
Ernie Malik .... publicist
Rob McEntegart .... production legal
Deb K. Oyer .... production coordinator
Jacqui Popelka .... production coordinator
Thomas Reilly .... teamster captain: New York
Diana Schmidt .... production coordinator: New York
Douglas Tirola .... production assistant
Juan E. Torres .... location manager
Michael Vieira .... assistant: Alec Baldwin
Steve Kraus .... dailies projectionist (uncredited)
Dominic Marcus .... adr supporting artist (uncredited)

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Rated PG-13 for language (sex related dialogue)
105 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

The original stage production, a 1990 Tony Award nominee for Best Play by Craig Lucas, opened at the Helen Hayes Theatre on May 1, 1990 and played 440 performances before closing on May 19, 1991.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When they were in flight they were over Lake Michigan. No flight path for either airport would have taken them that way.See more »
Rita's a busman's holiday with you!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Serial Mom (1994)See more »
A Certain SmileSee more »


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49 out of 73 people found the following review useful.
Lots of reviewers don't get this movie., 3 August 2004
Author: contrarywise from Montana, U. S. A.

If you watch this movie expecting a romantic comedy like You've Got Mail--which I thought was garbage, by the way, but then conventional love stories make me go "yeah, right,"--or compare it to other apparently similar movies where people switch bodies, you are going to be disappointed--unless you can open your mind and see that this is not a comedy at all, though written with light touch. The key to the movie is in the advice the heroine's mom gives the hero when he talks to her on the phone. The movie is about the nature of love, and whether it means more than just being attached to an attractive exterior. The "magical" aspect is just a way of confronting this question in a new and powerful way. Also, notice that almost the first conversation the two lovers have is about a book, The White Hotel, which is a depiction of life where the word tragic is maybe an understatement. Like many movies made from plays, the writing is crisp and to the point. Meg Ryan is fine, but Alec Baldwin is riveting when his world falls apart. He is a walking picture of grief, unable even to be civil to the bartender who is a friend. There is a great soundtrack, from the Cowboy Junkies and Lou Reed to Annie Lennox. There is one sublime moment, when the hero rises above all convention and expresses his love, leaving behind all rational, normal ideas of what is okay to do. Well, needless to say I love this movie. But hey, it is not everybody's cup of tea. Especially if you are too dumb and superficial to "get" it.

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