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Faithful (1996)

 -  Comedy | Crime | Drama  -  3 April 1996 (USA)
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A depressed housewife whose husband is having an affair contemplates suicide, but changes her mind when she faces death by a killer hired to do her in.

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Margaret
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Jack Connor
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Debbie
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Young Man at Rolls
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Young Man at Rolls
David Marino ...
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For their 20th wedding anniversary, Jack gets Maggie a diamond necklace and a hit man. But when Tony shows up and, waiting for the signal from Jack in Connecticut to do the hit, he and Maggie begin to talk - perhaps Tony can come to value Maggie even more than her husband does. And when Jack shows up, things get very tricky. Written by Bruce Cameron <dumarest@midcoast.com>

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After 20 years of marriage, she thought she was the target of her husband's affection. She was only half right. See more »

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3 April 1996 (USA)  »

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$13,000,000 (estimated)

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ITL 55,401,000 (Italy) (4 April 1997)
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Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman were originally down to play the parts later taken up by Cher and Ryan O'Neal. See more »

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The sandwich that Margaret is eating. See more »

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[two men are admiring a Rolls Royce parked near the sidewalk]
Young Man at Rolls: Nice Rolls. Beautiful. Incredible.
Young Man at Rolls: You see the line, though?
Young Man at Rolls: It's incredibly beautiful. I wonder what it costs.
Young Man at Rolls: More than we could ever afford.
Young Man at Rolls: Yeah, well, wouldn't it be great to have a car like this? Totally awesome.
Margaret: [looking miserable] It wont make you happy.
Young Man at Rolls: [realizing her presence] What?
Margaret: This car, it won't make you happy.
Young Man at Rolls: [scoffs] I'll look happy, though.
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"Eternally'
Performed by Sarah Vaughan (as Sarah Vaughn)
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Published by Bourne Co. (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Mercury Records
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An unexpected delight
18 September 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Comcast cable gave "Faithful" just 2 stars, so I wasn't sure I wanted to see it. But I love films Cher has starred in, so I watched it not expecting too much. It's a small but delightful film about the interaction of a woman and the hit-man hired to kill her.

Maggie (Cher) is an extremely wealthy housewife. She drives a Rolls, and lives in a modern mansion that seems large enough to house a hotel or resort. But she is depressed. Her husband of 20 years, Jack (Ryan O'Neal), has been neglecting her. They haven't had sex for months and she is sure he is having an affair. A hit-man, Tony (Chazz Palminteri), sneaks into her house and ties her to a chair. He explains that her husband hired him to kill her, but he has to wait until the husband signals (by phoning and hanging up after two rings) that he has reached his alibi location.

While waiting, Maggie tries to convince Tony to work for her instead of her husband. Tony becomes distressed and calls his psychotherapist, Dr. Susskind (Paul Mazursky, who also was the film's Director).

While this does not sound like a comedy, in what drama does a hit-man call his therapist during a job? Besides, there is the anticipation that Maggy will come out on top. She is Cher after-all!

Chazz Palminteri is excellent as the troubled hit-man. He also wrote the play the film is based on, and wrote the screenplay. Robert De Niro is listed as the Producer.

There are some minor problems that I didn't think about until writing this review. They don't really matter:

1. Maggie considers herself a housewife. But how does she spend her days? Wouldn't such a person have a circle of girlfriends who discuss each others family problems?

2. Shouldn't such a large home have a staff to run it? It has an elaborate security system but no staff to respond to intrusions? A cook? A maid to keep the many rooms clean? 3. Cher's acting seemed to me to somehow to be a little off, as if she didn't put her full effort into it. In other films she has been a superb actress.

The film was adapted from a play, so it is not surprising that nearly all the scenes are in the mansion.


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