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Return to Me -- A lonely Bob Rueland is embraced by Grace Briggs, who is surrounded by a coterie of substitute mothers including her Irish grandfather, who, with his Italian brother-in-law, run a Chicago restaurant.


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7 April 2000 (USA) See more »
A comedy straight from the heart. See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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A warm, fuzzy romantic comedy with heart. ***1/2 out of ****. See more (274 total) »


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David Duchovny ... Bob Rueland

Minnie Driver ... Grace Briggs

Carroll O'Connor ... Marty O'Reilly

Robert Loggia ... Angelo Pardipillo

Bonnie Hunt ... Megan Dayton

David Alan Grier ... Charlie Johnson

Joely Richardson ... Elizabeth Rueland

Eddie Jones ... Emmett McFadden

James Belushi ... Joe Dayton

Marianne Muellerleile ... Sophie
William Bronder ... Wally Jatczak

Brian Howe ... Mike

Chris Barnes ... Jeff

Adam Tanguay ... Adam Dayton
Karson Pound ... Karson Dayton
Tyler Spitzer ... Tyler Dayton
Laura Larsen ... Laura Dayton
Austin Samuel Hibbs ... Austin Dayton
Dick Cusack ... Mr. Bennington

Joseph Gian ... Singer / Joey Gian (as Joey Gian)

Tom Virtue ... Dr. Senderak
Holly Biniak ... Big Hair
Tamara Tungate ... Celia
Thomas A. Senderak ... Paramedic (as Tom Senderak)
Jennie Lew Tugend ... Jennie

David Pasquesi ... Tony
Claire Lake ... E.R. Nurse
Carol Hunt ... Nurse Alice
Patrick Hunt ... Danny
Lindsay Allen ... Delivery Girl

Don Lake ... Transplant Man

Holly Wortell ... Marsha
Becky Veduccio ... Shari
Peter B. Spector ... Valet Guy
Darryl Warren ... Father Rudy
Rudy Gabor ... Italian Singer
William Zirko ... Italian Singer
Edward Ballog ... Italian Singer
Angelo Ricco ... Italian Singer
Alice Hunt ... Nancy
Franklin E. Jones ... Chester
Tom Hunt ... Tom
Jack Cooper ... Ballroom Bartender

Tim O'Malley ... Patrick
La Taunya Bounds ... Zebra Girl
Harry Teinowitz ... Ice Cream Clerk
Walt Jacobs ... M.C.
Alan Gresik ... Pianist - The AG Orchestra (as Alan Gresik's Swing Shift Orchestra)
Romano Ghini ... Cappucino Man
Gabriella Arena ... Nun
Paola Sebastiani ... Nun
Lilliana Vitale ... Nun
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kevin Hunt ... E.R. Doctor (as Dr. Kevin Hunt)
Jimmy Johnson ... Saxophonist (The AG Orchestra)
Lou Marini ... Bassist (The AG Orchestra)
John Otto ... Saxophonist (The AG Orchestra)
Bill Bartelt ... Street Artist (uncredited)
Larry Crandus ... Zoo Executive (uncredited)
Ari Golan ... News Crew (uncredited)
Lisa Harrison ... Professional Bowler (uncredited)

Maureen Mendoza ... Nurse / Waitress (uncredited)

Laura Orrico ... Dancer (uncredited)
Brian Patti ... Saxophonist (uncredited)
Lora Starkman ... Bar Girl (uncredited)
Justin Thaler ... Construction Foreman (uncredited)

Directed by
Bonnie Hunt 
Writing credits
Bonnie Hunt (story) &
Don Lake (story) and
Andrew Stern (story) &
Samantha Goodman (story)

Bonnie Hunt (screenplay) &
Don Lake (screenplay)

Produced by
C.O. Erickson .... executive producer
Melanie Greene .... executive producer
Jennie Lew Tugend .... producer
Original Music by
Nicholas Pike 
Cinematography by
László Kovács (director of photography) (as Laszlo Kovacs)
Film Editing by
Garth Craven 
Casting by
Franco Alberto Cucchini 
Mali Finn 
Production Design by
Brent Thomas 
Art Direction by
David W. Krummel  (as Dave Krummel)
Set Decoration by
Daniel B. Clancy  (as Daniel Clancy)
Costume Design by
Lis Bothwell 
Makeup Department
Ron Berkeley .... key makeup artist
Janis Clark .... key hair stylist
Maurizio Lupi .... hair stylist: Rome
Gilberto Provenghi .... makeup artist: Rome
Linda Rizzuto .... key hair stylist (as Linda R. Rizzuto)
Chip Williams .... makeup artist (as Chip D. Williams)
Suzi Ostos .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Antonio Bruno .... unit manager: Rome unit
C.O. Erickson .... unit production manager
Sergio Ladera .... production supervisor: Rome unit
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Don H. Julien .... second second assistant director (as Don Julien)
Stefania Nicosia .... second assistant director: Rome
Artist W. Robinson .... first assistant director (as Artist Robinson)
Deanna Stadler .... second assistant director (as Deanna Stadler-Jones)
Eric A. Pot .... second assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Art Department
Bill Bartelt .... watercolor artist (as Bill Bartlet)
Alan Broadbent .... paint foreman
Andrew M. Charles .... graphic designer (as Andrew Charles)
Edward England .... construction coordinator (as Ed England)
Frank Ferrari .... greens person
Marcie Friedman .... art department coordinator
Fabio Galliano .... propman: Rome
Bradley Good .... on-set dresser
Bradley Good .... set dresser
Gary Happ .... construction foreman
Craig Jackson .... lead set designer
Rich King .... construction foreman (as Richard King)
J.D. McCarthy .... assistant property master
John Mikels .... stand-by painter
Alessandro Orlandi .... second art director: Rome
Kerry Sanders .... set designer
Scott Troha .... lead man
Amie McCarthy Winn .... property master (as Amie F. McCarthy-Winn)
Wendy Bonn .... greensman (uncredited)
Wendy Bonn .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Ray Conchado .... carpenter (uncredited)
Quentin Matthys .... set dresser (uncredited)
Rob Yale .... property assistant (uncredited)
Sound Department
Odin Benitez .... sound effects editor
Gaston Biraben .... dialogue editor (as Gastón Biraben)
Jim Champagne .... assistant engineer: Big Band
Steve Copley .... foley supervisor
Greg Dennen .... assistant sound engineer
Peter Doell .... assistant sound engineer
Kira Edmunds .... first assistant sound editor
Jim Gaudio .... cableman
Gary Gegan .... sound re-recording mixer
Joan Giammarco .... adr editor
Avram D. Gold .... supervising adr editor
Robert Grieve .... supervising sound editor
Philip Harrelson .... technical support
Matthew Iadarola .... sound re-recording mixer
John Keating .... consultant: DTS
Diane Lucas .... adr recordist
Jen MacNeill .... foley assistant
Vittorio Melloni .... sound engineer: Rome unit
Willard Overstreet .... assistant sound editor
Earl Sampson .... boom operator
Michelle Schubert .... foley assistant
Allen Sides .... mixer: Big Band
Allen Sides .... sound recordist: Big Band
John Sievert .... foley artist
Scott D. Smith .... production sound recordist
Greg Steele .... adr mixer
Robert Zubia .... sound recordist
Special Effects by
Mark Hogan .... special effects foreman
Rodman Kiser .... special effects coordinator
Tiberio Angeloni .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Franco Galiano .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Patrick Clancey .... supervising compositor: The Digital FilmGroup/The Post Group
Mark Intravartolo .... senior Inferno artist: The Digital FilmGroup/The Post Group
Kevin Kuwada .... Inferno matte artist: The Digital FilmGroup/The Post Group
Michael Morreale .... executive producer: The Digital FilmGroup/The Post Group (as Michael J. Morreale)
Nadine Pages .... post-production coordinator: The Digital FilmGroup - The Post Group
John Stevey .... systems administrator: The Digital FilmGroup - The Post Group
Jeff Vermillion .... high definition on-line: The Digital FilmGroup/The Post Group
Paul Westerbeck .... high definition colorist: The Digital FilmGroup/The Post Group
Karen Klein .... digital artist (uncredited)
Jason Piccioni .... visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
Mark Harper .... stunts
Rick Le Fevour .... stunt coordinator
Tom Lowell .... stunts
Linda Perlin .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Richmond L. Aguilar .... gaffer
Alfredo Betrò .... focus puller: Rome unit
Alphonse Blumenthal .... chief lighting technician
Patrick Bramucci .... chief lighting technician: Rome unit (as Patrizio Bramucci)
Marco Carosi .... camera operator: Rome
Gerrit Dangremond .... camera operator: "b" camera
Jennifer Desplinter .... second assistant camera (as Jennifer DeSplinter Anderson)
Piernicola Di Muro .... clapper loader: Rome unit
Chris Helcermanas-Benge .... still photographer
George Kohut .... camera operator
Robert Krzeminski .... second company grip
Peter Kuttner .... first assistant camera
Morgan Michael Lewis .... key grip
Anthony J. Lullo .... assistant lighting technician
Mark Purkart .... dolly grip
Kristine Scott Schultz .... camera loader
Doriano Torriero .... key grip: Rome unit
Thomas E. Whalen .... video assist operator
Kevin Boyd .... 24 frame video operator (uncredited)
Kevin Boyd .... video assist operator: second unit (uncredited)
Alessio Bramucci .... best boy electric (uncredited)
Ron Goodman .... camera operator: SpaceCam (uncredited)
David Howard .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Kira Parser .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Dan Urbain .... crane technician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Jane Alderman .... casting: Chicago
Lindsey Hayes Kroeger .... casting assistant (as Lindsey Hayes)
Catherine Head .... casting associate: Chicago
Mickie McGowan .... casting: loop group (as Mickie McGowen)
Mark A. Ridge .... extras casting
Emily Schweber .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jacqueline S. Beatka .... costumer
Agata Cannizzaro .... costumer: Italian artists
Patrick Caulfield .... costumer
Nancy Collini .... costumer: Mr. Duchovny
Beverley Woods .... key costumer (as Beverly Woods)
Lynn Ziehe .... costumer
Editorial Department
Jennifer Apel .... first assistant editor
Willow Craven .... post-production assistant
William Danaher .... assistant editor (as Bill Danaher)
Phil Hetos .... color timer
Ginny Parillo .... negative cutter
Music Department
Julian Bratolyubov .... music copyist
Sandy DeCrescent .... music contractor (as Sandy De Crescent)
Marylou Eales .... music coordinator
Michael Jay .... music editor
David Low .... music contractor
Warren Luening .... musician: trumpet solo
Nicholas Pike .... conductor
Nicholas Pike .... orchestrator
Joel Sill .... executive music producer (uncredited)
Dan Wallin .... music mixer: orchestra
Dan Wallin .... music recordist: orchestra
Stuart Balcomb .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Transportation Department
George DiLeonardi .... transportation coordinator (as George J. DiLeonardi)
Timothy J. Maxwell .... transportation captain (as Timothy Maxwell)
Terrence Sweet .... transportation co-captain
Robert Wallace .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Bridgett Baron .... payroll accountant
Stacy Basil .... animal trainer
Jeanne Byrd .... script supervisor (as Jeanne Byrd Hall)
Brian Cho .... rights and clearances
Steve Cudzilo .... assistant location manager
Jennifer Deigl .... production assistant
Mark A. Echevarria .... animal trainer
Joy Ellison .... dialect consultant
Kathryn Loraine Hibbs .... accountant
Cindy Hochman .... production coordinator (as Cindy Hochman Price)
Nadya Ichinomiya .... assistant: Ms. Tugend
C. David Jones .... production assistant
Eric Knight .... assistant: Mr. Duchovny
Felice Lattes .... crowd marshall: Rome unit
Stephanie Lococo .... production assistant
Kathryn Madden .... first aid (as Kathryn A. Madden)
James R. McAllister .... location manager (as James McAllister)
Sukari McGill .... production assistant
Robert W. McLain .... craft service
Leslie Mikol .... key set production assistant
Jeremy Oswald .... production assistant
Brian C. Pawlowski .... production assistant
Alicia C. Pritchett .... production assistant
Anna Raisor .... assistant production coordinator
Nina Saxon .... title designer: ends title, New Wave Entertainment
Nina Saxon .... title designer: main title, New Wave Entertainment
Janien Selfridge .... production assistant
Michael Singer .... unit publicist
Jonilyn Spracklen .... assistant accountant
Seve Spracklen .... first assistant accountant
Dirk Vahle .... helicopter pilot
Amy Jo Weinstein .... assistant: Ms. Driver
Jennifer M. White .... production secretary (as Jennifer White)
Jonathan Wickens .... assistant location manager
Little Irma Woodard .... production assistant
Holly Wortell .... assistant: Ms. Hunt
Michael Breiburg .... stand-in (uncredited)
Claudio Costa .... second assistant super techno crane: Rome (uncredited)
Jessica Drake .... dialect coach (uncredited)
P.J. Haines .... chef (uncredited)
Sascia Ippoliti .... first assistant crane operator: Super Techno Crane, Rome (uncredited)
Steve Kraus .... dailies projectionist (uncredited)
Sean Lynn .... assistant chef (uncredited)
Joe Martin .... production assistant (uncredited)
Lisa Nichols .... studio teacher (uncredited)
Monica Timmel .... stand-in (uncredited)
Becky Veduccio .... assistant: Ms Thomas (uncredited)
David Vlasits .... office production assistant (uncredited)
Heather White .... production assistant (uncredited)
Charles D. Campbell .... special thanks (as Dr. Charles D. Campbell)
Steve Fifield .... thanks
Alexander Gordon .... special thanks (as Dr. Alexander Gordon)
Kevin Hunt .... special thanks (as Dr. Kevin Hunt)
Kristen Lukas .... special thanks (as Dr. Kristen Lukas)
Frank J. Lutrin .... special thanks (as Dr. Frank J. Lutrin)
Todd Rosenberg .... thanks
J.G. Stickley .... thanks
L. Stickley .... thanks
Brian Sullivan .... thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated PG for language and thematic elements
115 min
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The anonymous letter that Grace sends to the Organ Donor Liaison, and that Bob reads in the back of his truck, says: "Dear Donor Family: I hope this letter may be of some comfort, although words cannot express the depth of my gratitude. I am eternally grateful for the thoughtfulness you and your loved ones have given me in your moment of deepest sorrow. I awake each day feeling the gentle rhythm of the heart that beats inside me. It is because of you I am alive today. You will always be in my thoughts and prayers. I thank you and God bless."See more »
Factual errors: When Grace receives her new heart, we hear it begin beating at a rate lower than one hundred beats per minute. Transplanted hearts actually beat around a rate of one hundred beats per minute because it is impossible to attach it to the patient's sinoatrial node, the heart's natural pacemaker.See more »
Bob Rueland:[covering flowers in the backyard with Grace] All of these plants in the middle of the city, it's like
Bob Rueland:a garden.
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8 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
A warm, fuzzy romantic comedy with heart. ***1/2 out of ****., 6 April 2000

RETURN TO ME / (2000) ***1/2

Starring: David Duchovny, Minnie Driver, Bonnie Hunt, David Alan Grier, Joely Richardson, James Belushi, Robert Loggia, Eddie Jones, and Carroll O'Connor. Directed by Bonnie Hunt. Written by Bonnie Hunt and Don Lake. Running time: 113 minutes. Rated PG (for language and thematic elements).

"Return to Me" is a warm and fuzzy romantic comedy with heart-in metamorphic and literal terms. Unlike a lot of recent romances, this film is not suggestive or sexy, but gentle and gradual. Director, writer and star Bonnie Hunt is descriptive in believable methods, detailing human emotions and the bitterness loneliness. This is one of the most effective, if somewhat formulaic, comedy-dramas this year.

David Duchovny stars as Bob Rueland, a modern day construction consultant. He and his wife, Elizabeth (Joely Richardson), are a happily married, offspring-free couple living a life of honesty and hard work. Elizabeth is in the process of founding a natural habitat for gorillas currently living in enclosed captivity. Bob's best friend, Charlie Johnson, (David Alan Grier) supports the Rueland's whenever need may be.

"Return to Me" contains two separate story lines before narrative connection in the second act. The secondary story centers on a young woman named Grace Briggs (Minnie Driver), who requires a heart transplant in the very near future. Megan and Joe Dayton (Bonnie Hunt and James Belushi) support her. This family owns an Italian Restaurant in which Bob and Grace meet one night.

This is an excellent setup containing thoroughly developed characters, a clear dramatic premise, emotional and physical conflicts, and an unusual structure. Although we do not witness some of the important narrative actions, (Grace's recovery from surgery, an automobile accident resulting in the death of a character), the film firmly paces itself with various plot elements and emotional qualities.

"Return to Me" inhabits many enormously likable characters. Both central characters, Bob Rueland and Grace Briggs, empathetic and believable, are in a homespun situation. They both contain chemistry-rich elegance and gracefulness. There are very funny moments planted by Megan and Joe's comically dysfunctional family. This family appears somewhat unfocused but wisely portrayed as background characters developing Grace's lifestyle with more depth.

The film's humor is handled with delicacy and knowledge. The filmmakers are careful not to travel over the top in hilarity; this is not a story about slapstick issues but about heartfelt secrets and personal fears. Comedy is not overabundant nor overwhelming and does not distract the story from developing its themes. Every funny moment in "Return To Me" is scattered throughout the context of the plot.

David Duchovny and Minnie Driver pair up for the perfect unlikely romantic couple. The inspirational performance by Driver induces lovable charm and imagination. Duchovny is also engagingly sweet, filling his character with polished humility. Likewise, the background performances are magically funny and heartwarming. The actors paint their characters beautifully.

"Return to Me" is the kind of date movie where the characters and the audience go home happy and warm. Bonnie Hunt is on target with this comedy straight from the heart, leaving viewers with a cuddly feeling of satisfaction.

"Return to Me" is brought to you by MGM Productions.

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