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Untamed Heart (1993)

A waitress hardly notices a shy busboy who secretly loves her; until one night she's attacked and he comes to her rescue. From there a relationship sparks but one secret could mean disaster for these fated lovers.

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Caroline has not had much luck in love. Boyfriends seem to either leave her or cheat on her. Then she meets a shy, introverted man at work named Adam. When leaving work one day, two men attack her. Adam comes to her rescue. Unfortunately, retaliation by the attackers sends Adam to the hospital where he finds out he has a diseased heart. Adam is an orphan and was told he had a baboon's heart. He refuses a transplant, as he believes his love for Caroline is contained in his damaged heart. Before tragedy can strike, they have a passionate but brief romance. Adam opens up to Caroline and he, in turn, heals her broken heart. Written by msdebello@aol.com

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He doesn't make sense. She doesn't make sense. Together they make sense.

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Rated PG-13 for some strong language and violence, and for sensuality | See all certifications »

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12 February 1993 (USA)  »

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$7,500,000 (estimated)

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$18,899,204 (USA)
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A hot property before it went into production, stars like Geena Davis, Demi Moore and Brad Pitt were all vying for roles. Madonna had been particularly interested in the film, lobbying hard for Jason Patric to land the male lead. However, she finally quit trying when the studio decided to go with William Baldwin instead, although ironically Christian Slater has the part in the finished film. See more »

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When Caroline and Cindy are standing at the front counter refilling the salt and pepper shakers, when Caroline is talking about her Christmas plans, Cindy has a pen stuck in the right side of her ponytail. A few minutes later, as the two women walk to the back counter to start on the sugar jars, the pen has disappeared. See more »

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Adam: I wonder if you think about me.
Caroline: Of course I think about you!
Adam: I wasn't finished!
Caroline: Finish.
Adam: I wonder if you think about me half as much as I think about you.
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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Only You/Second Best/Pulp Fiction (1994) See more »

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This Time Of The Year
Written by Cliff Owens and Jesse Hollis
Performed by Brook Benton
Courtesy of PolyGram Special Markets, A division of PolyGram Group Distribution, Inc.
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A different love story
10 May 2006 | by (Connecticut) – See all my reviews

UNTAMED HEART tells the story of the romance between a lovelorn diner waitress (Tomei) and shy busboy (Slater). It is a sad, sweet movie without the usual gloss and pretension that ruin so many filmed love stories. These are working class people living working class lives. Tomei is touching as a woman who has been hurt once too often but who still holds out hope. Slater gives one of his best performances as the virtually mute busboy with both social and health problems. A heart-tugging vignette at the very beginning, involving the busboy as child in a Catholic orphanage, foreshadows later events in the film. Slater underplays beautifully, and thankfully so as this is Tomei's film all the way. She never looked more beautiful than she does here. Watch for the Christmas morning scene. Tomei wakes up to a special magic thanks to her busboy pal, and magnificently conveys her sense of wonder. Beware, however: UNTAMED HEART (BOY WITH A BABOON HEART would have been a better title) is a two-box of Kleenex.


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