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(1998)

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In the film, the characters played by Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon are often at odds with each other. In reality, the two are close friends, and chose this project specifically to work on together.
The film was dedicated "In loving memory of Irene Columbus", director Chris Columbus's mother, who died of cancer the year before the movie was released.
Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon were looking for a project worth working together on. They eventually settled on this script.
The song that Isabel (Julia Roberts) sings to Ben (Liam Aiken) in the hospital is "If I Needed You". It was recorded by Roberts' ex-husband Lyle Lovett on his 1998 album "Step Inside This House". The song was originally written and performed by Texas singer-songwriter Townes Van Zandt in 1972.
This was the first theatrical film to premiere on the WB television network.
Each of the leads (Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon, Ed Harris) was nominated for an Oscar for playing real people - Sarandon as Sister Helen Prejean in Dead Man Walking (1995), Roberts as Erin Brockovich-Ellis in Erin Brockovich (2000), and Harris as Jackson Pollock in Pollock (2000). Roberts and Sarandon both won; Harris lost.
Rejected titles include "Goodnight Moon," "Promises Kept," "See You in My Dreams" and "Always, Always".
Chris Columbus's daughter, Eleanor Columbus makes an appearance as the little girl in ballet class (but is uncredited).
Jena Malone plays Susan Sarandon's daughter in this film. Six years later, she would go on to star in the teen comedy Saved (2004) with Sarandon's real life daughter Eva Amurri Martino.
The restaurant called "The '76 House", featured in two dinner scenes, one with Jackie and Luke and one with Jackie and Isabel, is a National Historical Site in Tappan, Rockland County, New York. Major John Andre, a British officer who assisted turncoat Benedict Arnold, was held there while awaiting trial by then General George Washington. At the time, it was a tavern and inn, but located across from the town meeting hall and church where the trial was held; another National Historic Site.
Susan Sarandon's character is seen wearing a witches hat during the Halloween scene, a nod to her role as a witch in The Witches of Eastwick (1987).
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The film is known internationally by numerous alternate titles. For example: "Stay to My Side" (Spanish), "My Best Enemy" (French), and "Side by Side" (Portuguese, German).
Patrick Doyle wrote a score for the film which was rejected.
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Director Chris Columbus previously directed Home Alone (1990) and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) starring Macaulay Culkin. Jenna Malone, who plays Anna, and Culkin would both go on to star in the indie comedy Saved (2003) with Susan Sarandon's real-life daughter Eva Amurri Martino.
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The role of Isabel was written with Molly Ringwald in mind
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Susan Sarandon's daughter Eva Amurri Martino plays the pilot/airplane in the Thanksgiving play.
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Jenna Malone (Anna) and Liam Aiken (Ben) would go on to star in movies with actress Emily Browning. Malone-Browning in Sucker Punch and Aiken-Browning as brother and sister in Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)
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Michelle Hurst, who'd eventually go on to play Miss Claudette in the first season of Netflix series Orange is the New Black (2013), plays a nurse in this film.
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