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Untamed Heart (1993)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  12 February 1993 (USA)
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Girl meets boy. They fall in love. Tragedy strikes.



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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

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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


$18,899,204 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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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 »


The scar shown on Adam's chest is on an angle, from top right to bottom left. Heart surgery requires the sternum to be split, leaving a 7-10 inch vertical scar from top center, just below the collar bone, to middle center, just above the abdomen. See more »


Adam: I love hockey.
Caroline: You didn't even know what a power-play was.
Adam: I know. But next time you can tell me.
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References Candid Camera (1960) See more »


Devolution Workin' Man's Blues
Written by Eddie MacDonald and Mike Peters
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Now, that's real love!
8 March 2001 | by (Vienna, Austria) – See all my reviews

As the german title says this is Real Love. I never saw a film with such a believable and strong relationship. And I am happy that this film introduced Marisa Tomei to me, my all time favourite actress. This is her second best performance (the best she did in Unhook The Stars which should have get her the oscar which she actually got for My Cousine Vinnie. I am still wondering why!).

I really hope that she will have equal roles in the near future that will bring her more response from the audience who only seem to recognize cuties as Sandra Bullock and Julia Roberts who are always playing the same characters over and over again. Of course all actors are great in this film but Marisa stands out.

If there are some people out there who gave up believing in real love then watch this film. I did give up believing but now I know that one time I will find it too.

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