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Déjà Vu (1997)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 22 April 1998 (USA)
L.A. shop owner Dana and Englishman Sean meet and fall in love at first sight, but Sean is married and Dana is to marry her business partner Alex.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dana Howard
Glynis Barber ...
Graydon Gould ...
Dana's Father
John Stoner
Aviva Marks ...
Woman in Cafe
Fern Stoner
Skelly's Mother
Wael Jolani ...
Jerusalem Shopkeeper
Karin Loevy ...
Young Couple in Cafe
David Rubin ...
Young Couple in Cafe
Amnon Meskin ...
Tel Aviv Cab Driver


Dana, a young American woman traveling on business in Jerusalem, meets a mysterious older French woman at a café who shares a fascinating story of lost love revolving around the expensive antique ruby pin she's wearing. The woman exits the café abruptly, leaving the pin behind and Dana, who is on her way to meet her fiancé in London, finds herself forced to reschedule her trip - and her life - as an unexpected but expected stranger crosses her path. Or has he already? Written by Rainbow

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language, brief sexuality and a scene of drug use | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

22 April 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Déjà vu - matka rakkauteen  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$29,018 (USA) (17 April 1998)


$821,997 (USA) (17 July 1998)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was Rachel Kempson's final film before her death on May 24, 2003 at the age of 92. See more »


Sean: To cheat oneself out of love is the most terrible deception, it is an eternal loss for which there is no reparation, neither in time or eternity.
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References The White Cliffs of Dover (1944) See more »


The White Cliffs Of Dover
Written by Walter Kent and Nat Burton
Published by B. Feldman and Co. Ltd.
Performed by Vera Lynn
Courtesy of EMI Records Ltd.
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"What a strange crazy trip...."
11 January 2000 | by (California) – See all my reviews

From the appearance of the mysterious woman in the cafe to the 2 lovers standing in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, I was spellbound by this film. Although the acting on the part of the female lead was not world-class, she did manage to convey the shock and tortured emotions of her character. This film seemed to make use of an almost mythological concept of Fate, where humans are simply pawns in the hands of the gods. People can be fated to be together, and nothing will be able to stop them. It is so with this film. When Dana is left with a butterfly pin in an Israeli cafe, she travels to Paris to find its owner. A kind jewelry store owner leaves it in the front window in the hopes that the owner might see it. As she has to travel to London to meet her fiance, Dana sees a movie poster for the white cliffs of Dover. There she meets and falls in love with a painter named Sean. The mention of Dover and the song become a recurring motif in the film. Characters at the dinner party, namely Vanessa Redgrave, consider it a sign that everything would turn out all right. I enjoyed Redgrave's performance immensely, especially when she advised everyone to "jump into life!" All of the strange coincidences with the pictures and chance meetings of individuals present the characters with definite choices. Do they favor the steady, predicatable life with their fiance or do they see they take their chance with their man across the room, their mysterious man in the car? I think that this film can be applicable to everyone. If we all take that chance that we feel is right, that one decision that will change our lives forever-then at least we will have lived life fully. I do not care to spoil the end of this film, so I will simply call it "picture-perfect," and recommend it to anyone who wishes to see something different.

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