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Waking the Dead (2000)

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A congressional candidate questions his sanity after seeing the love of his life, presumed dead, suddenly emerge.



(novel), (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Haugland ...
TV Newsman at Bombing
Nelson Landrieu ...
Francisco Higgens
Gisela Higgens
Maxine Guess ...
Danny's Receptionist
Danny Pierce
Isaac Green
Governor Kinosis
Jerry Charmichael
Robert Harding ...
TV Newsman #2
Caroline Pierce
Angelo Bertelli
Minister with Bertelli on TV


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Sometimes love has a life of its own.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 March 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Amor Maior que a Vida  »

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Box Office


$8,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$327,418 (USA) (7 April 2000)

Company Credits

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jennifer Connelly's son, Kai was in the film, she was holding him in the scene in which Fielding was at the church. See more »


During an argument in his new apartment, Fielding's (Billy Crudup) new girlfriend calls him "Billy". See more »


Sarah Williams: You have to love me too. Not an image, not an idea. And not in spite of who I am.
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References Obsession (1976) See more »


Piano In The Dark
Written by Chris Marshall
Courtesy of Associated Production Music
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I will keep this review short
15 January 2008 | by See all my reviews

This is one of those films that you watch and contemplate later in your life. As far as losing someone you love, and how that effects every major decision you will ever make for the rest of your life, this film is the most realistic portrayal I have ever seen. Billy Crudup was meant to play Fielding in this movie. This movie is haunting and is just one of those little movies that falls through the cracks but is never forgotten. A stunning movie directing by none other than the director of A Midnight Clear, another terrific film. If you are reading this you should seek out this movie or just buy it online. I give Waking the Dead 9/10.

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