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Earthly Possessions (1999)

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A bored wife, who is planning to run away from her minister husband, is taken hostage in a bank robbery. However, she sees the thrill in being involved in the chase and becomes an ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlotte Emory
Phoebe Lapine ...
Cheerleader #1
Anna Rose Menken ...
Cheerleader #2 (as Anna Manken)
Marge Redmond ...
Old Woman In Bank
Danielle Ferland ...
Baby Whitehead
Jake Simms, Jr.
Marialisa Costanzo ...
Screaming Woman
Bank Guard
Brenda Currin ...
Street Witness
Julyana Soelistyo ...
Sour Waitress
Tak Wah Eng ...
Heidi Anderson
John Christopher Jones ...
Marvel Hodge


A bored wife, who is planning to run away from her minister husband, is taken hostage in a bank robbery. However, she sees the thrill in being involved in the chase and becomes an accomplice to helping the younger robber escape his pursuers. As things progress, she learns he pulled the robbery to get enough money to help his pregnant girlfriend leave a home for unwed mothers. The two have a brief flirtation, but it is clear the housewife just needs something to enliven her life. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Charlotte wasn't looking to meet Jake. And Jake wasn't looking to take a hostage. Some people should look where they're going.


Crime | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language | See all certifications »




Release Date:

20 March 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Destino fatale  »

Box Office


$8,000,000 (estimated)

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This movie marks the fourth collaboration between Susan Sarandon and Margo Martindale. They previously appeared together in Lorenzo's Oil (1992), Dead Man Walking (1995), and Twilight (1998). See more »


Jake: You're gonna move over, and you're gonna steer the fuckin' car!
Charlotte: Okay.
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Arranged by M. Babcock & R. Crissman
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A FANTASTIC MOVIE with great performances of Sarandon and Dorff...

Charlotte (Susan Sarandon) wants to leave her husband, Zack, because she is not happy at all with her life. She decides to go to the bank, to ask all her money and to begin her new life. But then Jack (Stepen Dorff) comes in that bank and robbers it and she has to go with him. Jack needs the money for his pregnant girlfriend and he wants to help her. Whilst the film is moving on, Charlotte changes from an old lady in a modern woman. There is something between them and you can speak of a 'victim'. No she doesn't care anymore about the robbery. She is even happy, finally she lost her husband. But then they see Mindy, the pregnant girlfriend of Jack and that is more or less the end of their love together. She decides to go back to her husband and Jack and Mindy go to Mexico were they have a good life with their daughter. Although Jack misses Charlotte a lot, she knows that this is the best for both.

CRITIC: SUSAN SARANDON: she is the actress with the most style and talent in Hollywood. She can play everything and she made great films. She is perfect like always. So is STEPHEN DORFF, who is not so well known but he surely plays a great role.


Rating; 8/10 or *** out of ****

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