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Random Hearts (1999)

R  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Romance  |  8 October 1999 (USA)
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After the death of their loved ones in a tragic plane crash Harrison Ford and Kristin Scott Thomas find each others' keys in each others loved ones' possessions and realize that they were ... See full summary »

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After the death of their loved ones in a tragic plane crash Harrison Ford and Kristin Scott Thomas find each others' keys in each others loved ones' possessions and realize that they were having an affair and must figure out all the details. Written by Andy Heitz

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In a perfect world...they never would have met.

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Rated R for brief violence, sexuality and language | See all certifications »
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$64,000,000 (estimated)

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£308,367 (UK) (19 November 1999)

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SGD 155,586 (Singapore) (28 January 2000)
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The bowling alley scene was filmed at Parkway Lanes in Elmwood Park, NJ. See more »

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Near the end of the movie, as Kay Chandler is talking to Dutch Van Den Broek, she kisses him in the cheek and leaves a lipstick smudge on his left cheek near his mouth. In the next shot of him, the smudge is gone. See more »

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Dutch Van Den Broeck: What's the last thing that you can remember about your husband that you know to be true?
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dull, dreary romantic tale
5 March 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Has there ever been a more dour, dreary and depressing movie romance than "Random Hearts," a film that drones on for 131 grueling minutes and traps two wonderful actors, Harrison Ford and Kristin Scott Thomas, in its diabolical clutches?

Ford is a police sergeant working in internal affairs and Thomas is a New Hampshire congresswoman whose paths cross when their spouses, who are having a secret affair with each other, die in a plane crash. Drawn together by both circumstance and grief, the two begin a tentative love affair despite the many complications it sets up.

The actors do their best given the stark limitations of portraying two people overcome with despair, but the audience is nevertheless subjected to more than two hours of unrelieved gloominess. In a sense, it is a bit of a relief to see a romantic film that is not all lightheartedness and carefree silliness, but a subject as profound as the study of grief and loss on the human psyche demands a less conventional, more imaginative and serious a format than this film provides. (The brilliant film, "Fearless," from 1993 is a startling case in point). The actions of the characters often ring false as when, for instance, the two grieving spouses, sitting in a car, suddenly begin grappling in a wild sexual frenzy, a moment that elicits giggles from the audience because it is so lacking in motivation and preparation. Moreover, the film pads out its narrative by constantly cutting away to an irrelevant and wholly underdeveloped subplot involving Ford's pursuit of a murderous cop - a sideshow that results in a completely ludicrous shooting scene that undercuts the seriousness of the film's purpose.

"Random Hearts" is an obvious and, perhaps, even admirable attempt to bring a more mature, adult-oriented love story to the screen. It's a shame, then, that all involved seem to have confused dreariness with profundity and gloominess with depth.


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