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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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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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The Baboon Heart  »

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$7,500,000 (estimated)

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$18,899,204 (USA)
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Johnny Depp turned down the role of Adam. See more »

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When Caroline is done getting the cigarettes for Howard, she forgets to grab the key from the machine. When she walks away, she magically gives the key to Rosie Perez's character even though she forgot it in the machine. See more »

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Caroline: I think I'll go inside now.
Steve: I'll call you later, alright?
Caroline: No, don't do that. Just leave me alone.
Steve: I didn't mean to hurt you, Caroline.
Caroline: Yeah, well. You did.
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References Candid Camera (1960) See more »

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Blue Moon Revisited (Song for Elvis)
Written by Margo Timmins (as Timmins), Michael Timmins (as Timmins), Richard Rodgers (as Rodgers) and Lorenz Hart (as Hart)
Performed by Cowboy Junkies
Courtesy of The RCA Records, Label of BMG Music
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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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