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Reckless (1995)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Fantasy  |  17 November 1995 (USA)
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On Christmas Eve, a regretful husband admits to his high-spirited wife that he has hired a contract killer to take her out. She immediately flees. A nice couple offers her shelter, but everyone have dark secrets in this wacky movie.

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Cast

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Tom
Juana Barrios ...
Female Reporter Re: Fire
Mike Heibeck ...
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Anchor Person Re: Jogger
Jack Gilpin ...
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William Duell ...
Roy
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Trish
Anthony Pagano ...
Small Boy In Therapy
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Host Tim Timko
Joanne Krispin ...
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Lisa Krispin ...
Beautiful Twin
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On Christmas Eve, a regretful husband admits to his high-spirited wife that he has hired a contract killer to take her out. She immediately flees. A nice couple offers her shelter, but everyone have dark secrets in this wacky movie.

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Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

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Rated PG-13 for complex psychological themes and some disturbing images | See all certifications »
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17 November 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aconteceu no Natal  »

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$103,351 (USA)
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Reckless was first staged by The Production Company in 1983 under the direction of Norman René, who also directed the movie. It underwent some revisions and had other productions, with the first performance of the 1985 published version occurring on 14 September 1988 at New York's Circle Repertory Company, again directed by Norman René. More recently it had a Broadway revival. Previews began on 23 September 2004; the opening on 14 October 2004 and closing on 19 December 2004 after 77 total performances. Mary-Louise Parker who played Pooty in the movie, took the lead role as Rachel and Debra Monk repeated her movie role in the Broadway run. See more »

Quotes

Therapist: What is a heart attack? Isn't it a broken heart?
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Thanks to ... The Pagano Family ... See more »

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Everybody Loves Somebody
(1948)
Music by Ken Lane
Lyrics by Irving Taylor
Performed by Warren Weibe
Produced by Greg Curtis, Henry W. Sanicola (as Henry Sanicola) & Claude Gaudette (as Claude Gaudett)
Courtesy of Barion Music & Affiliates
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A Guilty Pleasure Movie
5 January 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a movie that I cannot turn away from. Although I have seen it twice in its entirety, I have watched it several more times from the point at which I've stumbled upon it while channel surfing. It's truly a train wreck of a movie - from the claustrophobic scaled-down set of the marital home to the way that Mia Farrow's character becomes the unwitting victim of fate over and over. Although she is the protagonist, for me the story is also about the identity-seeking behaviors of all the supporting characters, their search for meaning and wholeness in their lives, the secrets they keep from each other and their perpetual estrangement and lack of intimacy... just like real life, only narrower and slightly more absurd. For anyone who has had experience with mental health practitioners, who couldn't relate to the parade of therapists projecting their own issues onto Rachel's character, and then validating themselves for helping her? Yes, overall "Reckless" is a sad story but its quirky comedic elements give it enough spice to make it a satisfying if not guilty pleasure.


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