7.2/10
16,612
194 user 76 critic

Playing by Heart (1998)

Trailer
0:26 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
Eleven articulate people work through affairs of the heart in L.A.

Director:

Writer:

Reviews
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

When a robbery goes awry, the bandits all end up in a puddle of blood and only one lives and goes to jail for five years. Upon his release, the girlfriend wants her new boyfriend to kill ... See full summary »

Director: Tony Cinciripini
Stars: Rosanna Arquette, William Forsythe, Angelina Jolie
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A reporter interviews a psychic, who tells her that she's going to die and her life is meaningless.

Director: Stephen Herek
Stars: Angelina Jolie, Edward Burns, Tony Shalhoub
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Romeo & Juliet gets transplanted to the Bronx.

Directors: Joseph Bologna, Renée Taylor
Stars: Lainie Kazan, Joseph Bologna, Barbara Carrera
Foxfire (1996)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

The story of five teenage girls who form an unlikely bond after beating up a teacher who has sexually harassed them. They build a solid friendship but their wild ways begin to get out of ... See full summary »

Director: Annette Haywood-Carter
Stars: Hedy Burress, Angelina Jolie, Jenny Lewis
Playing God (1997)
Crime | Thriller | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Stripped of his medical license after performing an operation while high on amphetamines, famed LA surgeon Dr Eugene Sands abandons his former life only to find himself crossing paths with ... See full summary »

Director: Andy Wilson
Stars: David Duchovny, Timothy Hutton, Angelina Jolie
Mojave Moon (1996)
Comedy | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Al McCord is hanging out at his favourite restaurant when he meets an attractive young woman (Ellie) who is looking for a ride from the city out into the Mojave Desert, where her mother ... See full summary »

Director: Kevin Dowling
Stars: Danny Aiello, Anne Archer, Michael Biehn
Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Beyond Borders is an epic tale of the turbulent romance between two star-crossed lovers set against the backdrop of the world's most dangerous hot spots. Academy Award winner Angelina Jolie... See full summary »

Director: Martin Campbell
Stars: Clive Owen, Angelina Jolie, Linus Roache
Gia (TV Movie 1998)
Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The story of the life of Gia Carangi, a top fashion model from the late 1970s, from her meteoric rise to the forefront of the modeling industry, to her untimely death from AIDS at age 26.

Director: Michael Cristofer
Stars: Angelina Jolie, Faye Dunaway, Elizabeth Mitchell
Pushing Tin (1999)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A feud develops between two air traffic controllers: one cocky and determined while the other is restrained and laidback, which inevitably affects their lives.

Director: Mike Newell
Stars: John Cusack, Billy Bob Thornton, Cate Blanchett
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Mariane Pearl embarks on a frantic search to locate her journalist husband, Daniel, when he goes missing in Pakistan.

Director: Michael Winterbottom
Stars: Angelina Jolie, Dan Futterman, Irrfan Khan
Original Sin (2001)
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A woman along with her lover, plan to con a rich man by marrying him and on earning his trust running away with all his money. Everything goes as planned until she actually begins to fall in love with him.

Director: Michael Cristofer
Stars: Antonio Banderas, Angelina Jolie, Thomas Jane
Taking Lives (2004)
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

An FBI profiler is called in by French Canadian police to catch a serial killer who takes on the identity of each new victim.

Director: D.J. Caruso
Stars: Angelina Jolie, Ethan Hawke, Kiefer Sutherland
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Christian Mills ...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Edit

Storyline

Eleven articulate people work through affairs of the heart in L.A. Paul produces Hannah's TV cooking show, and they must move beyond gentle barbs when she wants to know about an affair of his years ago. Mark is dying of AIDS, and his mother comes to his bedside: they must talk truthfully. Men have scalded Meredith so she rebuffs Trent's charm, but he persists. The trendy, prolix Joan tries to pull the solitary Keenan into her orbit: why is he reluctant? An adulterous couple meet at hotels for evening sex, but she is unwilling for the relationship to grow. Hugh tells tall tales, usually tragic, to women in bars. By the week's end, their parallel stories converge. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

If romance is a mystery, there's only one way to figure it out. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

|

Release Date:

22 January 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dancing About Architecture  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$26,669 (USA) (1 January 1999)

Gross:

$3,956,212 (USA) (19 February 1999)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| |

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Ryan Phillippe didn't tell the film-makers that he was going to dye his hair blue. The first they knew of it was when he turned up on set on the day of filming with his hair a different color. Most of the cast and crew were taken aback but director Willard Carroll liked it. Coincidentally Angelina Jolie dyed her hair on exactly the same day. See more »

Goofs

Up until the end of the movie Angelina Jolie doesn't have her dragon tattoo on her left arm. When all the couples meet for their parents to renew their vows you can then see that she has a red saran wrap heart on her left arm. See more »

Quotes

Max: Some girls like you to say things like that to them.
Joan: Some girls like you to take a dump on them. I'm neither one of those girls.
See more »

Crazy Credits

The opening scenes introducing the major characters list their character names with subtitles, but not the actors/actresses who are portraying them. See more »

Connections

References The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

It's Only Sexual
(1998)
Written by Christopher Young
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

People need to watch movies with their mind as well as their time
22 October 1999 | by (Indiana) – See all my reviews

I was quite impressed with the entire presentation of the film. The characters were well developed, individual, and full of potential and humanity. The relationships were actual and realistic, a wonderful break from the Fantasy of Sleepless in Seattle (or You've Got Mail, pick the title you want). The presentation of people with problems and realistic responses to these problems and the people who are affected by these problems really makes this movie more than a past-time; it is a gift, showing us what we are and what we can become with some work and maybe a small paradigm shift.

Everyone did a wonderful job of presenting real people, Sean Connery found a role which allowed him to be his age but not loose that which he is loved for: sinful good looks and flawless composure. Gillian Anderson was so good that by the end I had almost stopped waiting for Molder to arrive. But for me Angelina Jolie was the centerpiece, as she showed the greatest degree of development and growth, epitomizing the struggle that each person was going through.

To me, the plot was a lot more complicated than just the feelings that develop from watching the movie, and the depth of perception is honestly presented in the comments of the other reviewers; most seem to have watched the movie with so much intensity that they got up 35 minutes into it to go and tell the popcorn boy to give them a new bag because they had specifically asked for NO butter. This movie is cognitive to the degree it is affective. It takes one relationship and divides it up into several stages (seen as the family members' relationships), and in doing so it allows us to see relational development in ways we normally can't, just as we repeatedly see the time of day change against the buildings.

It is funny, it is romantic, but it is true. And I am thankful for its gift of sight: into life, into death.


13 of 16 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
I am obsessed with this movie bunnycrasher
It's early kimi-bee
underrated californiadreaming26
What kind of dog is it that Meredith owns? brigidann
love quotes?? Twiggy0486
So where the heck is Amanda Peet? boatierra
Discuss Playing by Heart (1998) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page