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Return to Me (2000)

A man who falls in love with the woman who received his wife's heart must decide which woman it is who holds his heart.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Emmett McFadden
Joe Dayton (as James Belushi)
William Bronder ...
Adam Dayton
Karson Pound ...
Karson Dayton


The film opens with a loving husband and wife preparing for a very important fund raising dinner. The evening ends with the loss of the wife. In a hospital a weak young woman who may die soon if she can not get a new heart. Jump ahead one year the young woman received a heart and is trying to adjust to a life no longer counted by hours or days, she can actually make plans. The grieving husband and his dog are still trying to adjust to life without his wife. His friends keep trying to pry him from his "work is my life" existence by setting him up on blinds dates. Finally he actually shows up for one at an Irish-Italian restaurant where he finds himself more attracted to the waitress than his blind date. He finds an excuse to return to the restaurant in hopes of seeing the waitress again, there's just something attractive about her. Unknown to both the attraction they both feel for one another is Grace has the heart of Bob's dead wife. What can you say after that! Carroll O'Connor says ... Written by Gremma

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A comedy straight from the heart. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 April 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Distance Calls  »

Box Office


$24,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$7,820,836 (USA) (9 April 2000)


$32,662,299 (USA) (17 September 2000)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The logo for the Regional Organ Bank of Illinois (ROBI) can be seen on the envelope containing the anonymous donor letter, which Grace discovers in Bob's house. ROBI (now called Gift of Hope Organ and Tissue Donor Network) coordinates the donation of organs in the Illinois where the movie takes place, including correspondence between donor families and recipients. See more »


A year after the heart transplant, when Grace goes to the doctor for her check-up, the nurse forgets to pump up the blood pressure cuff. Then, to add to the mistake, even if she HAD pumped it up, when she's taking it off, she doesn't let the air out. See more »


Marsha: [as Grace is bringing water to their table] Oh no-no-no-no-no! Do you have *bottled* water?
Grace Briggs: Sure. Anybody else?
Marsha: I don't want Swiss water. I got sick on an imported Swiss water.
[to her friend]
Marsha: Do you remember that night? As long as it's not Swiss or tap water it will be fine, preferably French, no bubbles. I want it cold, no ice, no glass, just the bottle and a straw. Do you want to write it down? I don't want Swiss water, I got sick on an imported Swiss water once...
Grace Briggs: I'm pretty sure I got it.
Marsha: [...]
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References Going My Way (1944) See more »


Danny Boy
Music by Rory Dall O'Cahan (uncredited)
Lyrics by Frederick Edward Weatherly (uncredited)
Performed by the Rudy Gabor Strolling Strings
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Oh, Sweet mystery of life at last I've found thee...Destiny, that is.
13 June 2004 | by (Columbia, MO) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie with my mother, and I loved it! It was such a sweet story, (Not to mention funny because of the supporting cast!) They never make movies like this...ever! My favorite part is when Grace(Minnie Driver) finds out about her boyfriend's wife's death, and that she has the deceased wife's heart and she screams, "WHAT WAS GOD THINKING?" I do believe everyone(No matter who you believe in) has thoughts like that once in awhile. But while it's very sappy, it just might make you believe in true love and destiny for once and for all.(Sigh)

The comedic timing between Bonnie Hunt and Jim Belushi will just make you crack up(especially in the aforementioned scene, it's terrible, and yet so funny!). They make a good pair, and I hope to see them again in something soon. 10/10 Stars

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