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Forces of Nature (1999)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  19 March 1999 (USA)
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A soon-to-be-married man encounters an exciting stranger after his plane suffers an accident on takeoff.



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Vic DeFranco
Barbara Holmes
George Wallace ...
Max (as George D. Wallace)


Ben Holmes, a professional book-jacket blurbologist, is trying to get to Savannah for his wedding. He just barely catches the last plane, but a seagull flies into the engine as the plane is taking off. All later flights are cancelled because of an approaching hurricane, so he is forced to hitch a ride in a Geo Metro with an attractive but eccentric woman named Sara. Written by Tim Horrigan <horrigan@aol.com>

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Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sensuality, language and a scene of drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 March 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fuerzas de la naturaleza  »

Box Office


$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$13,510,728 (USA) (19 March 1999)


ESP 370,765,786 (Spain) (29 June 2001)

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1.85 : 1
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In a scene early in the movie, the two leads are shown sitting in an outdoor location in front of a large rusty globe. This location is in the city of Savannah, although the two characters have not reached Savannah by that point of the story. See more »


When Sarah is talking to her ex-husband in front of the bagel shop, the sky is supposedly very cloudy because of the storm, yet we see sunlight casting shadows on the street. See more »


Ben Holmes: Sarah, everybody loves you, you just... you just think they're all wrong.
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Written by Kirby Allan
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I highly recommend this movie
2 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Forces Of Nature" got my attention from the start and didn't let up until the end. Ben Affleck and Sandra Bullock star as airline passengers brought together by the forces of nature while Ben Affleck's character Ben Holmes is on his way to his wedding. Maura Tierney portrays his fiancée and she brought life to a character that was in the background. This is the perfect set up for "Forces Of Nature" because it seems when Ben and Sarah Lewis make progress; the forces of nature somehow get in the way.

Maybe it's a sign that Ben is with wrong lady or maybe it's a way to let Ben think about the future. As I was viewing this film, I thought to myself Ben Affleck and Sandra Bullock must have had fun making this film because it seemed that every time they were on screen together they were enjoying each other's company. One disaster after another occurred but Ben and Sarah made the best out of the situation and did a pretty good job.

One outstanding performance came from the late David Strickland in his final film role. It was unfortunate to hear about Strickland's death because his role in this film showed the world that he can act well on the big screen. I was smiling every time he was on screen because I knew I would get something special from his performance.

"Forces of Nature" is a well-written film that I found to have a lot of heart and dealt with many issues. I suggest that everyone check out "Forces Of Nature" because any and all of the Ben Affleck or Sandra Bullock fans out there will enjoy the film.

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