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Writers (WGA):
Chazz Palminteri (play)
Chazz Palminteri (screenplay)
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Release Date:
3 April 1996 (USA) See more »
A comedy about a wife, her husband and his hit man. See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Cher ... Margaret

Chazz Palminteri ... Tony

Ryan O'Neal ... Jack Connor

Paul Mazursky ... Dr. Susskind

Amber Smith ... Debbie

Elisa Leonetti ... Maria
Mark Nassar ... Maria's Boyfriend

Stephen Spinella ... Young Man at Rolls

Jeffrey Wright ... Young Man at Rolls
David Marino ... Little Tony
Steven Randazzo ... Tony's Father
Olinda Turturro ... Tony's Mother
Max Norat ... Jewelery Store Salesman

Allison Janney ... Saleslady
Chris O'Neill ... Priest
Michael Mulheren ... Foreman

Jerry Walsh ... Trucking Dispatcher

Gianna Palminteri ... Teacher (as Gianna Ranaudo)
Omar Scroggins ... Kid (as Omar Sharif Scroggins)
Zakee Howze ... Kid

Paul Ronan ... Young Guy in Car

Steve Carrieri ... Young Guy in Car
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

George G. Colucci ... Man on the Street (uncredited)

Directed by
Paul Mazursky 
Writing credits
Chazz Palminteri (play)

Chazz Palminteri (screenplay)

Produced by
Nan Bernstein Freed .... line producer
Henry Bronchtein .... associate producer
Robert De Niro .... producer
Peter Gatien .... executive producer
Dan Lauria .... executive producer
Jane Rosenthal .... producer
Geoffrey Taylor .... co-producer
Original Music by
Phillip Johnston 
Cinematography by
Fred Murphy (director of photography)
Conrad L. Hall (segment) (uncredited)
Film Editing by
Nicholas C. Smith 
Casting by
Ellen Chenoweth 
Production Design by
Jeffrey Townsend 
Art Direction by
Caty Maxey 
Set Decoration by
Justin Scoppa Jr. 
Costume Design by
Hope Hanafin 
Makeup Department
Colleen Callaghan .... hair stylist: Cher
Leonard Engelman .... makeup artist: Cher
Michael Laudati .... makeup assistant
Renate Leuschner .... wig maker (as Renate Lauchner-Pless)
Craig Lyman .... makeup artist
Peggy Schierholz .... key hair stylist
Production Management
Nan Bernstein Freed .... unit production manager
Craig Gering .... executive in charge of production: Tribeca
Michael J. Harker .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Henry Bronchtein .... first assistant director
Michael DeCasper .... second assistant director
Michael Smith .... dga trainee
Art Department
Richard T. Allen .... carpenter (as Dick Allen)
Lawrence Amanuel .... assistant property assistant
James J. Archer .... set dresser (as James Archer)
Shirley Belwood .... assistant property master
Tommy Boles .... construction coordinator
Peter K. Dunbar .... lead man
Jim Fredericks .... set dresser (as James Fredericks)
Tom Gilligan .... construction grip
Peter Hackman .... scenic charge
Lee Howard .... set dresser
Jessica Johnson Tavenner .... production assistant (as Jessica Johnson)
Barbara A. Kastner .... property master (as Barbara Kastner)
Caryl Loeb .... camera scenic artist
Emily Loreto .... art department coordinator
Roger Shank .... assistant to production designer
Joan Winters .... graphic designer
Jeffrey Rollins .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Mark Berger .... supervising re-recording mixer
Ed Callahan .... sound editor
Abby Cantor .... apprentice sound effects editor
Yin Cantor .... additional dialogue editor
Patrick Cyccone Jr. .... additional dialogue recording mixer
Bill Daly .... sound mixer
Peter Darmi .... sound mixing engineer
Peter Darmi .... sound recording engineer
Adam De Coster .... additional foley walker
Francesca Dodd .... adr editor
Patrick Dodd .... supervising dialogue editor
Patrick Dodd .... supervising sound editor
Richard Duarte .... foley mixer
Malcolm Fife .... foley editor
Frank Fleming .... sound recordist
Keith Gardner .... boom operator
Samuel H. Hinckley .... sound effects editor
Erik R. Kraber .... assistant sound effects editor
Patricio A. Libenson .... dialogue editor
Hugh Little .... cable person
Jennifer Myers .... foley artist
Jennifer Myers .... foley walker
Margie O'Malley .... foley walker
David Parker .... sound effects editor
Richard D. Rogers .... additional effects recording mixer
Daniel Sperry .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Lisa Storer .... first assistant sound editor
Linda Lew .... foley recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Mark Bero .... special effects assistant
Wilfred Caban .... special effects foreman
Steven Kirshoff .... special effects supervisor (as Steve Kirshoff)
Peter Bucossi .... stunt coordinator
Peter Bucossi .... stunts
Vic Bucossi .... stunt driver
Camera and Electrical Department
Bob Becchio .... second assistant camera
Joe Collins .... second assistant camera
Jerry DeBlau .... gaffer
Peter Girolami .... electrician
Donald Glenn .... grip
Louis Goldman .... still photographer
Dennis Green .... 24 frame video operator
Larry Huston .... first assistant camera
Paul Kinghan .... electrician
Sal Lanza .... grip
Edward W. Lowry .... dolly grip
Richard Mader Jr. .... video playback operator
Larry McConkey .... Steadicam operator
Larry McConkey .... camera operator
Fred Muller .... electrician
John Panuccio .... key rigging grip
Peter John Petraglia .... best boy electric
Robert T. Prate .... grip
Tom Prate .... key grip
Sean Strong .... camera trainee
Joseph Trammell .... 24 frame video operator (as Joe Tramell)
Casting Department
Grant Wilfley .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
William A. Campbell .... wardrobe supervisor
Irene Ferrari .... wardrobe supervisor
Cheryl Kilbourne-Kimpton .... costumer
Juliet Polcsa .... assistant costume designer
Mirena Rada .... costume illustrator
Editorial Department
Eric Bergman .... post-production assistant
Scott Bokun .... assistant editor: New York
Pamela Chmiel .... assistant editor: New York
Daniel Craven .... apprentice editor: Los Angeles
Samuel Craven .... assistant editor: Los Angeles
Greg Finton .... assistant editor: Los Angeles
Simeon Hutner .... assistant editor: Los Angeles
Dan O'Grady .... negative cutter
Tom Salvatore .... color timer
Nicole Smith .... associate editor
John Spence .... assistant editor: Los Angeles
Peter Mergus .... post-production assistant (uncredited)
Music Department
Chandra Beard .... music supervisor
Chris Berg .... score preparation
Dick Bernstein .... additional music editor (as Richard Bernstein)
Samantha Black .... assistant music producer
Sally Boldt .... music editor
David Brendel .... associate music producer
Andrew Caploe .... music producer
Jamie Madden .... music coordinator: Irish music
Transportation Department
Robert Buckman .... driver
Thomas Buckman .... driver
Fred Forster .... picture cars finishing
Michael Hedderman .... driver
Richard Holston .... teamster coordinator
Michael Hyde .... teamster captain
Jon M. Johnson .... parking coordinator (as Jon Johnson)
Robert 'Bull' Maher .... driver
Edward O'Donnell .... driver
Other crew
Maria Arago .... assistant: Mr. Palminteri
Laura Berning .... location assistant
Maria T. Bierniak .... location coordinator
Kenneth G. Brown .... set production assistant
Cara Butler .... choreographer
Al Cerullo .... helicopter pilot
Kay Chapin .... script supervisor
Daniel Coss .... location assistant
Michael Crimi .... production assistant
Nick Dolan .... house manager
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer
Ted Flaxman .... video consultant
Zetna Fuentes .... assistant: Ms. Rosenthal
Betsy Fuhr .... post-production accountant
Kathleen Gallagher .... assistant: Mr. Mazursky
Ken Gerson .... adr loop group
Michele Giordano .... production coordinator
Donny Golden .... dance coordinator: Irish dance
Michele Grant .... production secretary
Dylan Hopkins .... set production assistant
Jessica Johnson Tavenner .... production assistant (as Jessica Johnson)
Kate Kelly .... assistant production coordinator
Amy Lauritsen .... key production assistant
Sirr Less .... production assistant
Preston Miller .... production assistant
Tracy Mitchell .... payroll clerk
Preston Nunez .... production assistant
Gerald Orange .... security officer
Gina Salerno .... assistant: Mr. Mazursky
Dana Seltzer Levin .... assistant production accountant
Michael Sena .... trainer: Mr. Palmenteri
Lucille Smith .... production accountant
Betsy Sokolow .... publicist
Adam Sternin .... production assistant
Tony Vitale .... location coordinator
Cheryl Wright .... assistant post-production accountant

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Also Known As:
Rated R for language and sex-related dialogue
91 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Canada:14A (Ontario) | Germany:12 | Iceland:12 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:NC-16 | Spain:13 | UK:15 (TV rating) | USA:R (certificate #33683)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman were originally down to play the parts later taken up by Cher and Ryan O'Neal.See more »
Continuity: The sandwich that Margaret is eating.See more »
Margaret:Does your mother know what you do for a living?
Margaret:Well, she wouldn't like it.
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References The Rains of Ranchipur (1955)See more »
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8 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Underrated, 14 March 2008
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

Faithful (1996)

*** (out of 4)

Jack (Ryan O'Neil) is a lying, cheating husband who is having an affair with his 24-year-old secretary while his wife Margaret (Cher) sits at home living in a state of depression wondering what has gone wrong with her life. Margaret has all the money in the world but this isn't enough because she missing the touch of her husband plus she's too scared to leave him even though she knows he's cheating on her. With their twentieth anniversary here Margaret decides to make a change.

Before any change can take place, Jack (Chazz Palminteri), a Mafia hit man enters the house at gunpoint and tells the wife that she's going to die. Jack ties Margaret to a chair and tells her that he's waiting for the phone to ring twice, which is the signal from her husband that he's got an alibi and that the killing can take place. While waiting for the phone call Jack and Margaret begin talking and Jack is shocked to learn that the change the wife was going to do was kill herself. When Jack hears this he realizes that he has saved her life and the two also begin to realize that they have more in common than Margaret ever did with her husband.

Faithful was released to limited theaters back in 1996 and died a quick death without much buzz around the film. The box office take was small and there wasn't too much critical talk about the film but to me this is a very underrated art film with some very deep drama and a twisted sense of black humor, which sadly tried to be sold to the public as some sort of lighthearted comedy. This is the type of film that's about nothing at all. There's not too much going on throughout the film except for the appeal of its cast and the dialogue being spoken by them.

When I said the film was about nothing that's the honest truth because there isn't a single thing that happens in the film. We are given a setup but a minute later we know there's not going to be anything bad that happens. We can see it in the characters and we can see the silly setup and while we're expecting something funny to happen the screenplay by Palminteri takes a different approach and goes for some heavy handled drama, which seems out of place yet the actors are so convincing that we are brought deeper into the situation. This story was originally a stage play by Palminteri and while it doesn't translate too well to the screen there's still plenty to enjoy here.

Cher has always been a reliable actress and she does a wonderful job here in a demanding role that takes her from a suicidal case to an overly powerful and vengeful wife seeking answers in her life. The suicide part of the performance is done without words and we can just look at her eyes and see how she's feeling and know exactly why she's feeling it. At the end of the film Cher confronts her cheating husband and while this could have gone over the top, Cher's performance is so compelling that everything comes off believable and makes up from the heavy drama earlier in the film. Ryan O'Neil has never been an actor I've overly enjoyed but he's also very nice here. Chazz Palminteri on the other hand is one of my favorite character actors who has proved himself in Robert DeNiro's A Bronx Tale as well as Woody Allen's Bullets Over Broadway. His thick New York accent and mobster like personality is very charming and his dramatic turn here comes off wonderfully well.

I think Faithful has been forgotten because it's not really a film with any sort of payoff. There's never any suspense that someone is going to get killed and there's not enough laughs to keep a mainstream audience interested. Instead we are given a dialogue driven film with two depressed people and an adulterous husband who tries to have his wife killed. I think the film could have used a bit more comedy and the stuff with Palminteri's shrink never really works. This is the type of film that when it's over the viewer will probably ask themselves what was the point of the film. There isn't a point to the movie. Instead, we're given wonderful dialogue and three wonderful performances making the situation more interesting than it should be.

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