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The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996)

A shy, middle-aged professor enters into a romantic but non-physical relationship with an unlucky-in-love colleague.

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Claire
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Alex
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Doris
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Barry
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Candy
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Sara Myers
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Female Professor
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Felicia (as Lucy Avery Brooks)
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Rose and Gregory, both Columbia University professors meet when Rose's sister answers Gregory's "personals" ad. Several times burned, the handsome-but-boring Gregory believes that sex has ruined his life, and has deliberately set out to find and marry a woman with absolutely no sex appeal. Greg thinks he's found what he's looking for in Rose, a plain, plump English Lit professor who can't compete with her gorgeous mother and sister. More out of mutual admiration and respect than love, Greg and Rose marry. Greg assumes that Rose understands that he is not interested in a sexual relationship. He's mistaken, and their marriage is nearly destroyed when Rose tries to consummate their relationship. While Gregory is out of the country on a lecture tour, Rose diets and exercises to transform herself into a sexy siren in a last-ditch attempt to save her marriage. Written by Anthony Bruce Gilpin <agilpin@pacbell.net>

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There are two things a woman knows: what she's looking for and what she'll settle for. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for language, sensuality and some mature thematic material | See all certifications »

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15 November 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El espejo tiene dos caras  »

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Budget:

$42,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,210,868 (USA) (15 November 1996)

Gross:

$41,252,428 (USA) (28 February 1997)
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Dudley Moore was originally cast in the role that went to George Segal. He was fired by Barbra Streisand for not remembering his lines. These were the first symptoms of Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, a brain disorder that would later kill Moore. Conversely, in the earlier 10 (1979), Segal was replaced by Moore. See more »

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Camera operator visible when Rose rejects Alex. See more »

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Claire: [to Rose about Alex] ... I'm in the middle of one of my lesbian orgy dreams and he's staring at me like I'm suppose to include him. I can't even fantasize in private.
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A Fine Work By Streisand
15 May 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

THE MIRROR HAS TWO FACES **** There are close to no gentlemen callers who are waiting to romance professor Rose Morgan (Barbra Streisand), so she's learning to settle for a life with no man by her side. To her surprise, she is eventually pursued by a Math teacher (Jeff Brydges) who seeks a platonic marital relationship. Needlessly appreciative of the fact that any man - much less an attractive man - wants her, she becomes frustrated with the lack of intimacy between them as they draw together and eventually wed. The role-playing between Streisand and her antagonistic mother (Lauren Becall) adds intensity to the story. A fine work by Streisand.


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