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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.

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Francisco Higgens
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Gisela Higgens
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Danny Pierce
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Isaac Green
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Governor Kinosis
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Jerry Charmichael
Robert Harding ...
TV Newsman #2
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Caroline Pierce
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Angelo Bertelli
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Minister with Bertelli on TV
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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)  »

Also Known As:

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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Among those who auditioned for the role of Sarah Williams included Jessica Alba, Christina Applegate, Drew Barrymore, Neve Campbell, Cameron Diaz, Brittany Murphy, Christina Ricci, Winona Ryder, Tori Spelling, Britney Spears, Hilary Swank and Liv Tyler. The role eventually went to Jennifer Connelly. See more »

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

Quotes

Sarah Williams: I don't want to watch you turn into a cog in their machine.
Fielding Pierce: That's so fucking condescending. Sometimes cogs can make machines run a little but better.
Sarah Williams: Sometimes yes. Mostly they turn in circles and wear out. Then they get replaced.
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References Vertigo (1958) See more »

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Piano In The Dark
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A picture of true beauty
21 March 2001 | by (Columbus) – See all my reviews

I cannot recommend this film strongly enough. This story celebrates the timelessness of love without cynicism or irony. It portrays a relationship in all its many forms: moments of joy, frustration, passion, tenderness, tragedy, and even a bit of insanity. Fielding Pierce and Sarah Williams are the two politically-minded lovers. While they share very similar political goals, their means of achieving those goals are vastly different. Fielding is the ambitious golden boy, campaigning through the political machine in an effort to affect change by working within the established system. Sarah is the rebel outsider, who believes real change will never be accomplished within a corrupt system, leaving political revolution as the only alternative. The film never passes judgement on which is the nobler or the more effective method. Rather, it chooses to portray Fielding and Sarah as two people whose love for what they believe in is second only to the love they have for each other.


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