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Waking the Dead (2000)

 -  Drama | Mystery | Romance  -  24 March 2000 (USA)
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A congressional candidate questions his sanity after seeing the love of his life, presumed dead, suddenly emerge.

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Caroline Pierce
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Angelo Bertelli
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Storyline

Fielding Pierce lives the life of an aspiring politician - in 1972 he's serving in the Coast Guard (trying to avoid Vietnam in the most honorable way), and by 1973 he has entered law school. Along the way he falls in love with Sarah, a fiercely idealistic woman who devotes her life to helping others - unfortunately she's killed in an explosion while assisting members of the Chilean resistance. Nine years later, in the middle of a congressional election, Fielding is suddenly flooded with thoughts and visions of his lost love. Written by ccampbell

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Sometimes love has a life of its own.


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Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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24 March 2000 (USA)  »

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Amor Maior que a Vida  »

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Budget:

$8,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$150,422 (USA) (24 March 2000)

Gross:

$327,418 (USA) (7 April 2000)
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Brooke Shields was originally cast as Sarah Williams, but turned down the role due to the erotic nature of the film. See more »

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23 January 1983, the election day, was on a Sunday. See more »

Quotes

Fielding Pierce: I never saw Sarah again. I think I've managed to help some people in Congress - do some good. Less than I'd have liked, but more than I feared. To this day I still don't know if Sarah was real that night or just a product of my broken heart. But Sarah, if you are alive, and it was you that night, here for one last moment of sweetness before going back out to try and make things better in the world... I can only say, keep fighting. God be with you. I love you. And if it wasn't really you - if ...
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References Labyrinth (1986) See more »

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Snow Come Down
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An excellent and beautiful story.
14 April 2000 | by (Seattle, Washington) – See all my reviews

Unfortunately, Waking the Dead will not win any awards: in today's computer-driven special effect and in your face story-lines, this is a simple and beautiful love story that most the general public will find slow. The plot sounds boringly simplistic: an up-and-coming politician begins seeing his thought-to-be-dead girlfriend everywhere he goes. What we find, however, is a story about what it means to love someone devoutly, what it means to believe in yourself despite disappointing the ones you love and why as humans, we refuse to give up hope. Billy Crudup and Jennifer Connelly provide amazing central performances, with an excellent supporting actress performance by Janet McTeer. The music is excellent, and both the photography and directing are impeccable. A somber film, but you will not be disappointed.


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