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Losing Chase (1996)

Chase (Mirren), a lifetime resident of Martha's Vineyard, married Richard (Bridges), and like the area, grew into the Upper-Middle-Class. Her distaste for artificiality leads her to a wild ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Chase Phillips
Elizabeth Cole
Mr. Richard Phillips
Michael Yarmush ...
Little Richard Phillips
Lucas Denton ...
Jason Phillips
Elva Mai Hoover ...
Margaret Thompson
Nancy Beatty ...
Cynthia Porter
Rino Romano ...
B.J. McLellan ...
Bunty Webb ...
Kate Hennig ...
Cheryl Swarts ...
Ron Gabriel ...


Chase (Mirren), a lifetime resident of Martha's Vineyard, married Richard (Bridges), and like the area, grew into the Upper-Middle-Class. Her distaste for artificiality leads her to a wild breakdown, and Richard dutifully tries to restore their family unit as best he knows how by hiring a 'Mother's Helper', Elizabeth (Sedgwick). Chase is broken, and wickedly caustic towards Elizabeth, until they discover each other's similarities. A strong relationship develops, affecting their personal and familial salvation, and destruction. Written by Lew Jacobs <titus@idirect.com>

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A love they never dreamed of. A summer they would never forget.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brief language | See all certifications »




Release Date:

18 August 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Abschied von Chase  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$31,176 (USA) (6 December 1996)


$31,176 (USA) (6 December 1996)

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Did You Know?


Producing debut of Kyra Sedgwick. See more »


During the finale, when Richard is driving to the ferry, he is wearing a dark blue short sleeved shirt, yet is wearing a long sleeved bleached (white?) shirt after arriving. See more »


References Captain Kangaroo (1955) See more »

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Very well acted and directed
16 August 2011 | by (US) – See all my reviews

While the first half feels predictable and very TV movie, the performances are good enough (especially Helen Mirren) to keep it going.

And in the second half, this tale of a collage student mother's helper hired to help a woman in an angry depression after suffering a nervous breakdown gets more complex and unpredictable.

The relationship between the two women, and they way their damaged souls play off each other is quite moving and grown up.

Strong subtle direction by Kevin Bacon.

Does take a hit for over the top performances from the kids, and other key small roles, all playing types, not human beings.

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