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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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Incredible insight
9 March 2003 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

This movie has me in tears throughout; it portrays the mixed

feelings, emotions and total confusion of an alcoholic wife and

mother so perfectly - and I should recognize them, as an alcoholic

of 10 years myself. Especially moving is the wonderful

performance of the elder child "Jessie" - an amazing achievement

in one so young. It certainly strengthened my resolve never to go

down that path again. I recommend it to all families of alcoholics

for an insight into our way of thinking - our shame, our inability to

control our own addiction, and the possibilty of real recovery.

Thank you, all involved.


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