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Random Hearts -- In the aftermath of a deadly plane crash, a police sergeant (Harrison Ford) attempts to unravel therelationship between his deceased wife and her travel companion, husband of a Republican Congresswoman (Kristen Scott Thomas).
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Warren Adler (novel)
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In a perfect world...they never would have met.
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  (in credits order)

Harrison Ford ... Dutch Van Den Broeck

Kristin Scott Thomas ... Kay Chandler

Charles S. Dutton ... Alcee

Bonnie Hunt ... Wendy Judd

Dennis Haysbert ... Detective George Beaufort

Sydney Pollack ... Carl Broman

Richard Jenkins ... Truman Trainor

Paul Guilfoyle ... Dick Montoya

Susanna Thompson ... Peyton Van Den Broeck

Peter Coyote ... Cullen Chandler

Dylan Baker ... Richard Judd

Lynne Thigpen ... Phyllis Bonaparte

Susan Floyd ... Molly Roll

Bill Cobbs ... Marvin

Kate Mara ... Jessica Chandler

Ariana Thomas ... Shyla Mumford

Nelson Landrieu ... Silvio Coya

Brooke Smith ... Sarah

Christina Chang ... Laurie

Michelle Hurd ... Susan

Reiko Aylesworth ... Mary Claire Clark

Raymond Anthony Thomas ... Officer Clayton Williams (as Ray Anthony Thomas)

Edie Falco ... Janice

S. Epatha Merkerson ... Nea
Jack Gilpin ... David Dotson

Mark Zeisler ... Steven Driker
John Carter ... Peyton's Father
Davenia McFadden ... Cassie
Barbara Gulan ... Maureen

Molly Price ... Alice Beaufort

Brian Schwary ... Tad Baker
Priscilla Shanks ... Susan's Customer
Lynette DuPree ... Nurse Nancy (as Lynette Du Pre)
Ken Kay ... Peter Suchet
Susan Hatfield ... Claire Suchet

Jenna Stern ... Sally Gabriel
Thomas J. McCarthy ... Dick Schulte (as Tom McCarthy)
Jan Austell ... Joe Perella

Aasif Mandvi ... Electronics Store Salesman

Todd Malta ... Supermarket Stockboy

Jordan Lage ... Assistant Prosecutor
Judith Knight Young ... Clara

Fenton Lawless ... Officer Lawrence

Deirdre Lovejoy ... Officer Isabel

Terry Serpico ... Evidence Technician

Liam Craig ... Waiter at DC Restaurant

C.S. Lee ... Luncheonette Counterman

Ellen Foley ... Young Woman at Fundraiser

Judy Toma ... TV Reporter at Hospital (as Judy Jamison)
Steven Mark Friedman ... TV Reporter at Hospital
Becky Veduccio ... TV Reporter at Hospital
Susan Allenback ... Airline Spokesperson
Don Scott ... News Anchor
Dina Napoli ... News Anchor
Tracey Neale ... News Anchor
Will Thomas ... Field Reporter
Andy Fowle ... Orderly
Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc ... Helicopter Pilot - Camera (as Robert Zajonc)

Alan D. Purwin ... Helicopter Pilot - TV News (as Alan Purwin)
Roy R. Taylor Jr. ... Helicopter Pilot - WJZ Pilot
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jernard Burks ... Bowling Alley Manager

Hugo Garcia ... Party Goers

Steve Altes ... Kay's brother (uncredited)

Michael Arthur ... Politician (uncredited)

Kim Ashdown ... Club Patron (uncredited)
Quintin Bennett ... Traveler in airport (uncredited)
Greg Bernhard ... Airline Mechanic (uncredited)

Diana Berry ... Flight Attendant (uncredited)
Craig Campbell ... Pedestrian (uncredited)

Michelle Chin ... Model (uncredited)
Anna Damergis ... Cop's Wife (uncredited)

Antares Davis ... Model (uncredited)

Trish Dempsey ... Airport Traveler (uncredited)

Dawn Douglas ... Pedestrian (uncredited)

Deborah Smith Ford ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

Jill Gettelson ... Stewardess (uncredited)

Bob Glazier ... Airport Traveler (uncredited)
Jim Goetz ... Rescue Worker (uncredited)
Mariano Gowland ... Firefighter Rescue Swimmer (uncredited)
David Heline Jr. ... Reporter's Assistant (uncredited)
Geneieve Leilyn ... South Beach Couple (uncredited)
Abigail Margulis ... Dinner Guest (uncredited)
Dave Payton ... Passenger (uncredited)

Al Quinn ... Picture Car (uncredited)

Norm Rebadow ... Surgeon in Airplane Hangar (uncredited)

Dori Rosenthal ... Captain Caitlyn (uncredited)

Flip Schultz ... Airline Customer (uncredited)

Vivienne Sendaydiego ... Photo Assistant (uncredited)

Deb Snyder ... Photo Assistant (uncredited)

Alex Trebek ... Jeopardy Host (uncredited)
Hsien-chung Tseng ... Bartender (uncredited)

M. Emmet Walsh ... Billy (uncredited)
Gary Wheeler ... Coroner (uncredited)

Directed by
Sydney Pollack 
Writing credits
Warren Adler (novel)

Darryl Ponicsan (adaptation)

Kurt Luedtke (screenplay)

Produced by
Warren Adler .... executive producer
Sydney Pollack .... producer
Marykay Powell .... producer
Ronald L. Schwary .... executive producer
Original Music by
Dave Grusin 
Cinematography by
Philippe Rousselot (director of photography)
Film Editing by
William Steinkamp 
Casting by
David Rubin 
Production Design by
Barbara Ling 
Art Direction by
Chris Shriver 
Set Decoration by
Susan Bode 
Costume Design by
Bernie Pollack 
Makeup Department
LuAnn Claps .... assistant makeup artist
Naomi Donne .... key makeup artist
Sharon Kalb .... additional makeup artist
Michael Kriston .... hair stylist: Mr. Ford
Michael Laudati .... makeup artist: Mr. Ford
Jacques Stephane Lempire .... assistant hair stylist
Lyndell Quiyou .... key hair stylist
Jay Cannistraci .... key makeup artist: Miami (uncredited)
Mary Cooke .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Terra Abroms .... post-production supervisor (as Terra Mair-Abroms)
Richard Baratta .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Shawn Griffith .... second second assistant director
Amy Lauritsen .... second assistant director
Brian Moon .... second second assistant director: Miami
Michael Salven .... second second assistant director (as Mike Salven)
Kathryn-Ann Oaks Shertzer .... dga trainee
Denis L. Stewart .... first assistant director
Jennifer Truelove .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Joseph Alfieri .... construction coordinator
Tommy Allen .... property master (as Thomas Allen)
Henry Antonacchio .... construction foreman
Anthony Baldasare .... on-set dresser
David Beach .... construction foreman: Washington, D.C.
Diana Burton .... assistant property master
John Davis .... storyboard artist
Rochelle Edelson .... stand-by scenic
Jeffrey D. McDonald .... assistant art director (as Jeffrey McDonald)
Scott P. Murphy .... set designer (as Scott Murphy)
Jeremy D. Pratt .... construction accountant
Amy Safhay .... greensperson
Lauri Blaire Schulman .... art department associate
Nicholas Scott .... scenic artist
Brooke Knight Warner .... art department associate: Washington, D.C.
Carl Catanese .... set buyer (uncredited)
Justin Corbett .... construction grip (uncredited)
Robert Crowley .... set dresser (uncredited)
Stephen P. Durante .... leadman (uncredited)
Ruth Grizzard .... painter (uncredited)
Michael Herlihy .... carpenter foreman (uncredited)
Eric Hunsaker .... set dresser (uncredited)
Jason Ivey .... swing gang (uncredited)
Kristina Kilpe .... set dresser (uncredited)
John Mann .... concept artist (uncredited)
Lori Morris .... art department assistant (uncredited)
Ted Nolan .... prop maker (uncredited)
Rick Reeder .... set dresser (uncredited)
Willy Richardson .... painter (uncredited)
Jeffrey Rollins .... set dresser: New York (uncredited)
Michael Scarola .... key construction grip (uncredited)
Barbara Seinfeld .... on-set dresser: Florida (uncredited)
Roger Sherman .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Paul Steinberg .... key shop electric (uncredited)
Drew Vandervelde .... art depertment assistant (uncredited)
Cary Whittaker .... greens (uncredited)
Alyssa Winter .... assistant set decorator (uncredited)
Sound Department
Ron Bartlett .... sound re-recording mixer
Benjamin Beardwood .... dialogue editor
Joe Earle .... sound editor (as Joseph H. Earle)
Christopher Flick .... foley editor (as Chris Flick)
Robin Harlan .... foley artist
Allen Hartz .... adr supervisor
Scott Hecker .... supervising sound editor (as Scott A. Hecker)
David L. Horton Jr. .... foley editor (as David Horton Jr.)
Barbara Issak .... adr editor
Chris Jenkins .... sound re-recording mixer
Kenneth L. Johnson .... sound editor
Gary Lewis .... dialogue editor
David Melhase .... adr editor
Danny Michael .... sound mixer
Sarah Monat .... foley artist
Eric A. Norris .... sound editor
Ralph Osborn III .... dialogue editor (as Ralph H. Osborn III)
Jeff Rosen .... foley editor (as Jeffrey Rosen)
Brian Ruberg .... foley mixer
Andrew Schmetterling .... boom operator
Mark Smith .... sound re-recording mixer
Joe White .... cable person
Melissa Lytle .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
J.C. Brotherhood .... special effects (as Jonathan C. Brotherhood)
Rick Bongiovanni .... effects crew: KNB Effects (uncredited)
Michael H. Clark .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Jason Collins .... lab technician: KNB Effects Group (uncredited)
Neil Ruddy .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Jeff Wolverton .... digital effects artist (uncredited)
Mickey Giacomazzi .... stunt coordinator
Richard Dorton .... precision driver coordinator (uncredited)
Mickey Giacomazzi .... stunts (uncredited)
Donald John Hewitt .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Rick Michaels .... precision driver (uncredited)
Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jerry Bertolami .... best boy grip
Kenny Burke .... second grip (as Kenneth Burke)
Ronald Burke .... dolly grip
Andrew Casey .... Steadicam operator
Andrew Casey .... camera operator: "b" camera
Andrew Cheung .... grip: New York
Matt Chubet .... company grip
Xiomara Comrie .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
David M. Dunlap .... director of photography: second unit
Ken Ferris .... camera operator
Joseph Grimaldi .... assistant chief lighting technician (as Joe Grimaldi)
David James .... still photographer
Jeremy Knaster .... electrician
Peter A. Mian .... video assist operator (as Peter Mian)
William D. Moran .... company grip
Heather Norton .... second assistant camera
Bill O'Leary .... chief lighting technician
John Panuccio .... rigging grip
Louis Petraglia .... rigging electrician
Tom Prate .... key grip (as Thomas J. Prate)
Pamela Rittelmeyer .... assistant camera: "b" camera
Tom Schnaidt .... camera loader
Nicolas Stern .... video playback operator
Eric Swanek .... first assistant camera
Eric Swanek .... steadicam assistant
Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc .... helicopter pilot: camera helicopter (as Robert Zajonc)
Keith Bernard .... rigging best boy electric (uncredited)
Dean Citroni .... grip (uncredited)
Rob Coughlin .... electrician (uncredited)
Susan Gabbay .... second assistant camera: "a" camera, second unit (uncredited)
Tim Gordon .... electrician (uncredited)
Michael Lyon .... underwater electrician: underwater unit (uncredited)
David Norris .... camera operator: Wescam camera (uncredited)
Greg Patterson .... set lighting (uncredited)
Darren Ryan .... 24 frame video operator (uncredited)
Herb Silverman .... electrician (uncredited)
Rick Strodel .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Sylvia Fay .... extras casting
Mikie Heilbrun .... casting: New York
Pat Moran .... casting: Baltimore
Kimberly Skyrme .... extras casting: Washington, D.C.
Miura Smith .... casting assistant
Angela Athayde .... extras casting production assistant (uncredited)
Ginny Galloway .... extras casting associate (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Timothy Alberts .... key wardrobe (as Tim Alberts)
Kate Edwards .... wardrobe supervisor (as Kate E. Edwards)
Mara Majorowicz .... set costumer
Michelle Matland .... assistant costume designer
Robert M. Moore .... wardrobe supervisor (as Robert Moore)
Sabrina Rosen .... wardrobe
Ann Roth .... clothing designer: Ms. Thomas
Rose Wells .... key wardrobe
Heather Holmes .... costumer (uncredited)
Jeannie H. Kelly .... additional costumer (uncredited)
Roseann Milano .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Marcia Patten .... costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Audrey Evans .... second assistant film editor (as Audrey J. Evans)
Brett Lavinthal .... first assistant film editor
Stuart Sperling .... assistant film editor
Debra L. Tennant .... first assistant film editor
Dale Jones .... avid technician (uncredited)
Eric Rigney .... avid technician (uncredited)
Music Department
Terence Blanchard .... musician: trumpet
Stuart Grusin .... music editor
Donald Murray .... composer's consultant (as Don Murray)
John Palatucci .... musician: bass (as John Patatucci)
Ted Whitfield .... music editor
Brad Dechter .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestra contractor (uncredited)
Dave Grusin .... conductor (uncredited)
Dave Grusin .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Jo Ann Kane .... music preparation (uncredited)
Nigel Olsson .... musician: drums (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Richard Holston .... transportation co-captain
Michael Hyde .... transportation captain (as Mike Hyde)
Manny Quinones .... transportation co-captain: Washington, D.C.
Gilbert Young .... transportation captain: Washington, D.C.
K.C. Colebrooke .... transportation co-captain (uncredited)
Lawrence Dove .... driver (uncredited)
Bobby Marsh .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Michael Bederman .... first assistant accountant
Erica Cerilli .... production secretary
Ann Christman .... production secretary
Melissa Stanley Cohen .... production coordinator
Michael Dellheim .... location manager: Washington, D.C.
Arden Doss .... assistant: Ms. Powell
Gordon Driver .... computer playback operator
Bronwen Epstein .... assistant production coordinator
Eric Errington .... set production assistant
Tink Ten Eyck .... production accountant
Carol Flaisher .... location manager: Washington, D.C.
Robb Foglia .... production office assistant: Washington, D.C.
R. Colette Hailey .... location manager: Miami (as R. Collette Hailey)
Kali R. Harrison .... set production assistant (as Kali Harrison)
Mary A. Kelly .... script supervisor
Samara Koffler .... assistant: Mr. Ford
Scott Kordish .... production coordinator
Jason Lambro .... production office assistant: Washington, D.C.
Joseph Martin .... location scout: Washington, D.C.
Frank McKenna .... craft service
Carla Meyer .... dialect coach: Ms. Thomas
Phill Norman .... title designer
Matthew Ogens .... set production assistant
Kathy Orloff .... unit publicist (as Katherine Orloff)
Donna Ostroff .... assistant: Mr. Pollack
Greg Outcalt .... production office assistant
Christopher Pensiero .... production office assistant
Luis Perez .... choreographer
Martina Pozzi .... set production assistant
Diane Rosenberg .... production office assistant: Washington, D.C.
Jen Roskind .... assistant: Mr. Schwary
Patrick Sadler .... production office assistant: Washington, D.C.
Andrew Saxe .... assistant location manager
Ben Selkow .... set production assistant
Jamie Sheridan .... set production assistant
Becky Veduccio .... assistant: Ms. Thomas
Christian von Tippelskirch .... location manager
C. Ransom Walrod .... marine coordinator (as Ransom Walrod)
Patricia A. Walrod .... assistant marine coordinator (as Patti Walrod)
Jennifer Weiland .... production office assistant: Washington, D.C. (as Jenn Weiland)
Peter Weireter .... security: Mr. Ford
Keri Wilson .... assistant: Mr. Pollack (as Keri Peranich-Wilson)
Jason Altieri .... production assistant: second unit (uncredited)
Marcy Arnold .... production assistant (uncredited)
Heath Jacob Baldwin .... additional office production assistant: New York (uncredited)
Denise A. Beale .... production assistant (uncredited)
Kathleen Beall .... location scout (uncredited)
Denise Blasor .... adr (uncredited)
Anne Cabral .... assistant production coordinator: Florida (uncredited)
Cristiana Caimmi .... publicist (uncredited)
Al Cerullo .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
Devin Clancy .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Rennie Cowan .... assistant avid technician (uncredited)
Mauricio de la Vega .... production assistant (uncredited)
Rob Dickerson Jr. .... staff set production assistant (uncredited)
Rita Duffey .... location scout (uncredited)
Will Edwards .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Amy Eldridge .... first assistant accountant: Florida (uncredited)
Elizabeth Elwell .... location scout (uncredited)
Elissa Ewalt .... production assistant (uncredited)
Dominic Giannetti .... production assistant (uncredited)
Bill Hardy .... production assistant (uncredited)
Sparky Hawes .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jeff Johnson .... set medic (uncredited)
Kelly King .... location assistant (uncredited)
Stephanie Lovell .... additional set production assistant: Washington, D.C. (uncredited)
Jennifer Lyne .... location scout (uncredited)
John Marston .... location projectionist: Washington, D.C. (uncredited)
Thomas Maxwell .... production assistant (uncredited)
James Mitchell-Clyde .... water safety: marine unit (uncredited)
Eric Morgan .... production assistant: Washington, D.C. (uncredited)
Caleb Omens .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jim Perez .... tent rigging (uncredited)
Macall B. Polay .... payroll accountant (uncredited)
Jennifer Radzikowski .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
Christopher Scott .... production assistant: Washington, D.C. (uncredited)
Jim Small .... location scout (uncredited)
Irapaul Turner .... production assistant (uncredited)
Hilary Walker .... location scout (uncredited)
Shayne A. Wilson .... freelance script coordinator (uncredited)
Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc .... aerial coordinator (uncredited)
Kim C. Dine .... special thanks: Washington, D.C. Police Department (as Commander Kim C. Dine)
Christopher Ford .... this film is dedicated to the memory of
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for brief violence, sexuality and language
133 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Canada:14A (Alberta) | Canada:PG (British Columbia/Manitoba) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-12 | France:U | Germany:6 | Iceland:12 | Malaysia:18SX | Mexico:B | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:M | Norway:15 | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:18 | Spain:13 | Sweden:11 | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #36468)
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The 1984 novel by Warren Adler that the film is adapted from was based on the January 1982 "Air Florida" plane crash into the Potomac River, flying out of National Airport, Washington, D.C.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: When Dutch and Kay are walking along the street in Miami, dolly track is seen between them in the background.See more »
Kay Chandler:You're not a Democrat, are you?
Dutch Van Den Broeck:What if I am?
Kay Chandler:We talk, I give you books to read.
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6 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Great performances and style, but the script can't focus worth anything. **1/2 out of ****, 25 October 1999
Author: Blake French ( from Michigan, USA

RANDOM HEARTS (1999) **1/2

Starring: Harrison Ford, Kristin Scott Thomas, Charles Dutton, Bonnie Hunt, Peter Coyote, Dennis Haysbert and Sydney Pollack Director: Sydney Pollack 133 minutes Rated R (for small amounts of sexuality, violence, and language)

By Blake French:

Harrison Ford really is a good actor. It's just a shame that he has been given nothing but insufficient scripts lately. The same goes for Kristin Scott Thomas, but her last film, "The Horse Whisperer," was one of the best of last year. Then we have Charles Dutton, Bonnie Hunt, Dennis Haysbert, and Sydney Pollack--all potentially fine actors and actresses. Not surprisingly, the performances here are superb. Even though "Random Hearts" isn't necessarily bad, in the end it only proves that even these performances can't save this movie from defeat; it can't focus past the end of its nose.

"Random Hearts" opens with a great setup, in which two separate individuals meet after each of their spouses were killed in a tragic plane crash on their way to an exotic island carrying on an ongoing affair. Harrison Ford stars as Dutch Van Den Broeck, is a detective, or something or other--not that it really matters all that much. He is right in the middle of a big murder case when he meets Kay Chandler (Kristin Scott Thomas) and discovers the secret to his wife's death and dismay. Kay is a struggling but well-known candidate in the center of a heated election, campaigning against the scum of the earth. She and her teenage daughter are both in sorrow, but also in denial, regarding the loss of a member in their outwardly happy family.

Again, great setup. The film contains two different characters and two separate points of view. The movie then introduces the subject of Kay and Dutch's involvement's with each other: Dutch would give anything to have his many questions answered about the entanglement with his wife and Kay's husband. Why did they begin an affair? How long was it going on? Were there any other adulterers involved? How did they get away with this? At first Kay seems a bit repetitive, but it is not long before Kay and Dutch are sleeping with each other, as they seemingly discover it was destiny that allowed the two of them to collide.

Wait a minute! I though this movie was going to detail a tearful search for answers to questions about the affair, not about Dutch and Kay falling in love? Well, they do fall in love. The only thing keeping them from serious commitments is her job and his love for his late wife.

"Random Hearts" is very effective in its old fashioned style. At times the production is quite slow moving and when not, it keeps tedious material nearby. This is pretty tame content here, much milder than the usual Harrison Ford character. I'm quite surprised it got an R-rating, it seems notably PG-13 to me, but maybe teenagers and kids would get bored with the material. Harrison Ford and Kristin Scott Thomas both are blossoming with inspiring romantic chemistry. The love triangle of the marriages is a beautiful concept. I only wish we knew more about what was going on.

The main flaw here is not in character but structure. The first act is strong, but after that the film seems like a random collage of events, which may be related to each other, but certainly not woven together like they should have been. The ultimate failure is due to an overly confident beginning--then the writers do too much of a good thing: complicate things, but never introduce or conclude the subplots in an appropriate way. Lets see, besides the would-be mystery involving the affair, the plane crash, the romantic sparks between Kay and Dutch, this film is about: a top secret case which Dutch is in the middle investigating, the heated upcoming election of a candidate running for mayor, Dutch's stolen watch, the murder of a witness, the turmoil a mother and daughter go through when their father dies, best friend cheating on each other's spouses and always being there to save the day, a drive by shooting, the lack of humility, competition, reputation, identity...

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