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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
Location Management
Gerard Averill .... location manager
Andy Clark .... location manager: New York
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
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
Aspect Ratio:
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Monica:Something happened to the world and nobody understood it. It was confusing and people started jumping to conclusions. There are no more absolutes. Time space good evil the things we know the things we believe in the things we see we thought we understood these things but maybe we don't maybe they're all relative.See more »
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6 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Beautiful!, 25 July 2005
Author: farid98 from Pakistan

Geat movie. Salma and Russell really shine together, and the dialog is amazingly good and really hits the spot.

The two main characters spend a lot of time talking about relationships, but it never gets cheesy - quite the opposite. Its real, its insightful, and it vividly portrays the complex emotions that go into relationships and the conflicting feelings that make them so exasperating and yet so irresistible.

And of course Salma is absolutely a treat to the eyes.

If you've been in love, and if you've ever felt the pain of parting - even temporarily - you'll just fall in love with this move.

A must see.

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