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Untamed Heart (1993)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Cada ...
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Gary Groomes ...
Bill #2
Claudia Wilkens ...
Pat Clemons ...
Lotis Key ...
Vanessa Hart ...
Charley Bartlett ...
Orphan Boy
Wendy Feder ...
Nancy Marvy ...


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.


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

12 February 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Baboon Heart  »

Box Office


$7,500,000 (estimated)


$18,899,204 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Christian Slater doesn't speak until 33 minutes and 36 seconds in to the movie. See more »


On Caroline's first day back to work after she was attacked, she tells her brother to pick her up at 2a.m. Yet later that night she tells Adam that she always knows she got good tips if come 3a.m. her sugar jars are empty. See more »


[During her beauty exam]
Caroline: Lady, I'm not butchering your hair! It's a free haircut so stop your bitching before I cut it all off, you fat cow!
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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Only You/Second Best/Pulp Fiction (1994) See more »


Written by Conning / Laurie Mayer (as Mayer) / William Orbit
Performed by LAPD
Courtesy of I.R.S. Records
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24 February 2000 | by (Tucson, AZ, USA) – See all my reviews

"Untamed Heart" is an absolutely touching tear-jerker romance. Every once in a while, I just want to find a movie that allows me to let go and just cry. This is definitely one for the records. The chemistry between Christian Slater and Marisa Tomei is so strong that you just can't help but believe these two people actually care about one-another. Marisa Tomei as Caroline, a waitress that seems to work all hours of the night and Christian Slater as Adam, her quiet, secret admirer dishwasher with a heart problem. Throw in Rosie Perez as Caroline's smart-ass best friend and what more could you ask for? These characters have such depth that, even though the plot is a bit predictable, you feel so much for them and by the end, you will be reduced to tears. I still tear up every time I see this movie. The perfect film for any sap with a taste for sentiment. It will always have a special place in my heart. A romance to go down in movie history. 9/10!

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