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Breaking Up -- Russell Crow stars with Salma Hayek in the passionate story of two lovers swept up in an intense relationship, a man and a woman who cannot live with--or without--each other in Breaking Up.


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Writers (WGA):
Michael Cristofer (play)
Michael Cristofer (screenplay)
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Release Date:
17 October 1997 (USA) See more »
When the sex is great. When the passion is intense. When the love is strong. It's time for... breaking up.
Monica teaches, Steve's a photographer. They've dated more than two years. They're arguing, and she leaves for her apartment... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Russell Crowe ... Steve

Salma Hayek ... Monica
Abraham Alvarez ... Minister
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Carlo Corazon ... Gym Trainer (day dream sequence) (uncredited)
Marty Granger ... Steve's date - kissing (uncredited)

Mary Ann Schmidt ... Dream Scene Fitness Model (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Greenwald 
Writing credits
Michael Cristofer (play "Breaking Up")

Michael Cristofer (screenplay)

Produced by
Cas Donovan .... associate producer
Brad Gordon .... associate producer
Robert Greenwald .... producer
David Matalon .... executive producer
Arnon Milchan .... executive producer
George Moffly .... producer
Craig Thurman Suttle .... line producer
Original Music by
Mark Mothersbaugh 
Cinematography by
Mauro Fiore 
Film Editing by
Suzanne Hines 
Casting by
Ronnie Yeskel 
Production Design by
Terrence Foster 
Set Decoration by
Karen E. Burnett 
Costume Design by
Kelly Zitrick 
Makeup Department
Ermahn Ospina .... key hair stylist
Ermahn Ospina .... key makeup artist
Noelle Thurin .... makeup artist (as Deborah Noelle Thurin)
Production Management
Andy Clark .... unit manager: New York
Philip K. Kleinbart .... executive in charge of production
George Moffly .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Cas Donovan .... assistant director
Amy Schmidt .... assistant director
Art Department
Michelle Fort .... scenic artist
Mark Hurtado .... storyboard artist
Charles Miller .... construction foreman
Paul A. Still .... construction coordinator
Tim Woodruff .... property master: Los Angeles
Sound Department
Felipe Borrero .... production sound mixer
Thomas Chan .... sound post-production coordinator
Dee Dee Davis .... sound post-production coordinator
Al Decker .... sound effects editor
Bruce Greenspan .... dialogue editor
Kurt Kassulke .... sound re-recording mixer
William Kozy .... sound recordist: New York
Mark Linden .... sound effects editor
Paul Ratajczak .... sound re-recording mixer
Paul Ratajczak .... supervising sound editor
Paul Tinta .... foley recordist
Joe White .... boom operator
Kerri Wilson .... adr editor
Kerri Wilson .... adr recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Steven A. Adelson .... Steadicam operator
Andrew Blauner .... best boy electric: New York
Darwin Montana Browne .... key grip
Al Bruce .... electrician
Kelly Clear .... camera operator
Edmundo Gonzales .... electrician
Marty Granger .... still photographer
Ted LeHane .... third grip
Tony Olivieri .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Kevin Sanders .... best boy
Susanna Virtanen .... first assistant camera
Casting Department
Joyce Kurtz .... adr voice casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michael Castellano .... costume supervisor
Niamh Murphy .... costume intern
Editorial Department
Charles Jevremovic .... editor: video sequence
Steve Johnson .... colorist
C.L. Monrose .... editor: video sequence
Music Department
Bruce Young Berman .... musician: guitar
Marcella Detroit .... composer: song "You're History"
Marty Flores .... musician: percussion/drums
Larry Klimas .... musician: Flute/saxophone
Paul Morin .... musician: bass
Mark Mothersbaugh .... musician: keyboards/mallets
Kim Naves .... music editor
Ralf Rickert .... musician: trumpet/clarinet
Alex Steyermark .... music supervisor
Hope Sugarman .... music supervisor: New Regency
Other crew
Gerard Averill .... location manager
Andy Clark .... location manager: New York
Jean Costello .... production coordinator
Wendy Cutler .... adr loop group
Dana Eshghi .... unit production coordinator
Marilyn Frandsen .... type design
Malcolm Groome .... adr loop group
Chiemi Karasawa .... script supervisor: New York
Joyce Kurtz .... adr loop group
Reid Nicholson .... production assistant
Jason Ninness .... assistant production coordinator
Paul Pape .... adr loop group
Deborah Ross .... title designer
Jill Sprecher .... production coordinator: New York
Cheryl Starbuck .... script supervisor
Ken Rudolph .... title designer (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"Turning Love" - Japan (English title)
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Rated R for language and sexuality
90 min
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Monica:You really make me sick.
Steve:Oh, thank you very much!
Monica:If I eat, I wanna throw up. If I don't, I get a headache. If I sleep, I have nightmares. If I don't sleep, I get depressed. I can't move. I am stuck on a chair, just going over every word, and it just makes me even sicker.
Steve:This is your idea of a conversation?
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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Inventive, quirky film with high aspirations for itself, 30 January 2001

I have always thought that we should fall in love with people for their dreams, and for their efforts to fulfill those dreams--not for their accomplishments. Love a man because he's a brilliant actor and aspires to greatness--not because he can take you to the Oscars when he's nominated for Best Actor.

That philosophy informs my opinion of this movie. It sets out many lofty goals for itself. It wants to demonstrate and lay out for examination the entire plight of heterosexual love/lust. It wants two actors to carry an entire movie virtually by themselves, playing against each other, giving the film a stifled, claustrophobic feeling--where the viewer feels just like Steve and Monica. You love the movie, but you feel breathless and spent, like you've given too much. It wants to tell a story using live on-the-street interviews, black-and-white still photography, slow-mo vignettes, traditional Hollywood-styled cinematography, and a split-screen interview of Steve and Monica post-relationship. It wants to use music and sound to resonate with the storyline. My favorite ten minutes of the film center around the "carrot scene," where Steve criticizes Monica for putting carrots in the pasta. The action stops and moves to b&w stills, with the sounds of their argument carrying over. This technique highlights the alienation that Steve and Monica feel from themselves and their own relationship. Even in the most heated, passionate argument, it's as if they're just going through the motions.

Like I said, this film wants to do a lot of things, and it doesn't succeed at all of them. For instance, it doesn't really pull off its attempt at using Freud, Einstein, and Marx to lend some credence to its own conclusions (or inconclusions) about love. Some people say they never do become very attached to Steve and Monica--indeed, as people, the characters kind of suck. I would not want either one of them for a friend. That does not mean that they do not deserve to be loved, however--they very much deserve each other, that much is clear. So, I bawl like a baby every time I watch this. (I've seen it about 6 or so times). And I love this movie for the greatness it strives toward. I would rather watch a film that fails at its grand project than a little movie that has low expectations and meets them. Big whoop, right? More than this, Breaking Up features two brilliant performances by Russell Crowe and Salma Hayek, who are both quite easy on the eye, and look great together. Salma's fiery spirit is quite a cinematic match for Russell's own undercurrent of simmering violence (even if Steve is a bit whimpy for my tastes). I love this film. Technically, there is so much going on--the director had so many great ideas, so many dreams, and you see them right there, in the movie. I can't think of another Hollywood movie with such a major confluence of established styles and innovative techniques. Brilliant.

Buy this film. It is absolutely worth it, and fans of Russell and/or Salma should know that there are some beautifully-shot, utterly sensuous and compelling love scenes in this film. Those two have *chemistry*.

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