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When a Man Loves a Woman (1994)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  13 May 1994 (USA)
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An airline pilot and his wife are forced to face the consequences of her alcoholism when her addictions threaten her life and their daughter's safety. While the woman enters detox, her husband must face the truth of his enabling behavior.

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The onscreen chemistry between Garcia and Ryan sometimes seems a bit intrusive, but make no mistake, this movie hits to the very heart of what happens to a relationship, when one or the other slips into the depravity of alcohol addiction. Garcia is superb as the loving husband, who's job as an airline pilot, takes him away from the household quite a bit. Ryan, in one of her more darker roles, as the oft blitzed wife and mother, who's daily struggles eventually catch up with her and her loving family. The real question to be asked in this tour de force, is who is the one who can save Ryan from herself? Garcia or Rehab. For all of his enduring qualities in this movie, one is left wondering whether Garcia is a patron Saint to his wife or an enabler. Written by David Smith

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£1,634,249 (UK) (9 September 1994)
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Tom Hanks and Debra Winger were originally cast as Michael and Alice Green. See more »

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When Michael takes the bottles out to the trash, a cameraman can be seen slinking past the open doorway of the house. See more »

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Michael Green: You are okay?
Alice Green: Never better.
Michael Green: What happened, something at A.A.?
Alice Green: Uh... I'll be okay. It's just a really bad day.
Michael Green: You wanna tell me what's wrong? Something I can do?
Alice Green: Thank you, but...
Michael Green: Can't fix it, unless we know it's broke.
Alice Green: How was your meeting?
Michael Green: First time, I'll get used to it. There was a lot of people there feeling sorry for themselves. It's like an alcoholic has ruined their lives and they'd rather be a victim than try and fix it.
Alice Green: Fix it, huh?
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A Great Movie that is Hard to Watch
27 November 1999 | by (Olathe, KS, USA) – See all my reviews

I first saw this movie in the theater when it came out. I remember feeling frustrated. I watched it again last night on satellite and decided this really is a great movie, but it is hard to watch. It is a very real love story, but don't confuse that as meaning it is a typical romantic story.

Meg Ryan and Andy Garcia play a couple definitely in love, but struggling with their relationship after Meg Ryan's character comes back from detox. Instead of being cured, she is confused and they realize there is a wedge that comes from an experience they can't share. She has AA friends that her husband can't relate to, but she needs someone who can understand and her husband isn't it.

One mark of great writing is when the characters are not saintly or demonic, but shades of grey. Andy Garcia's character is a really nice guy, but he's not saintly. He resorts to sarcasm out of his frustration in not being able to help his wife. Of course, she doesn't want his help, she wants his understanding. She is basically a good person, but she can't sort through her feelings and ends up being unknowingly cruel to her husband.

After one scene, my wife stated, "Now HE frustrated me". I said, "I was frustrated too, but BY HER". This movie really pegs male and female relationships.

Superbly written, superbly acted. It hurts to watch it, but a movie that can evoke real emotion and not pander to the audience with contrived plot lines is a great movie. THIS is a great movie.


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