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Forever Mine -- An affair between a cabana boy and the young wife of a sinister politician triggers a 16-year vendetta between the two men.


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Joseph Fiennes ... Manuel Esquema / Alan Riply

Ray Liotta ... Mark Brice

Gretchen Mol ... Ella Brice

Vincent Laresca ... Javier Cesti

Myk Watford ... Rick Martino

Lindsey Connell ... Stewardess

Sean Cw Johnson ... Randy (as Sean C W Johnson)
Shawn Proctor ... Cabana Boy
Russell Blackwell ... Business Associate
Jocelyn Snowdon ... Young Associate's Companion
Kevi Katsuras ... Julie, Six Year-old Girl

Shannon Lawson ... Emily, Julie's Mother
Ronald Knight ... Older Male Executive

Ginger King ... Older Male's Companion
Ted Simonett ... Mr. Galen
Paulette Sinclair ... Mrs. Galen
Robert Dodds ... Priest
Scott Wickware ... 1st Plainclothesman

John Henry Canavan ... 2nd Plainclothesman
Christian Potenza ... Corrections Officer
Rick Quitana ... Dead Man on Toilet

John Nelles ... Bill Raich
Catherine Hayos ... Librarian

Reagan Pasternak ... Miami Tan Attendant

James McCauley ... Justice Department Official

Tim Post ... Paramedic
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Matt Birman ... Sand Pit Killer (uncredited)
Jill Curran ... Hotel Guest (uncredited)

Thomas Livezey ... Valet (uncredited)
Alison MacLeod ... (uncredited)
Peter Millard ... (uncredited)
Adrian Mojica ... Hotel Guest (uncredited)

Gustavo Perez ... Cabana Boy (uncredited)

Directed by
Paul Schrader 
Writing credits
Paul Schrader (written by)

Produced by
Joseph Boccia .... line producer
Kathleen Haase .... producer
Amy J. Kaufman .... producer
Damita Nikapota .... producer
Stella Nwimo .... assistant producer
Julia Palau .... executive producer
Matthew Payne .... executive producer
Original Music by
Angelo Badalamenti 
Cinematography by
John Bailey 
Film Editing by
Kristina Boden 
Casting by
Ellen Chenoweth 
Kathleen Chopin 
Diane Kerbel 
Production Design by
François Séguin 
Art Direction by
Paul D. Austerberry 
Set Decoration by
Carolyn 'Cal' Loucks 
Costume Design by
Marit Allen 
Makeup Department
Carole Barone .... makeup artist: New York
David R. Beecroft .... makeup artist
Mario Cacioppo .... assistant makeup artist
Karola Dirnberger .... assistant hair stylist
Richard Glass .... contact lens optician
Lee Grimes .... makeup artist
Christine Hart .... makeup department head
Sarah Love .... hair stylist: Joseph Fiennes
Sarah Love .... hair stylist: Ray Liotta
Daniel Parker .... makeup artist
Jemma Scott-Knox-Gore .... contact lens technician
Diana Thomas-Madison .... key makeup artist: Florida (as Diana Thomas)
Matthew Smith .... conceptual designer: prosthetic makeup (uncredited)
Production Management
Joseph Boccia .... unit production manager
Diane Foti .... production supervisor: Florida
Amy J. Kaufman .... unit production manager (as Amy Kaufman)
Yael Melamede .... post-production supervisor
Jennifer Roth .... unit production manager: New York
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert C. Albertell .... second assistant director: New York (as Robert Albertell)
Penny Charter .... second assistant director
Walter Gasparovic .... assistant director
Kirsteen McLean .... third assistant director
Leo Scherman .... trainee assistant director
Art Department
Bob Arriette .... scenic artist: New York
Robert Bonney .... assistant head carpenter
Tracey Budd .... set dresser
Tim Cambell .... assistant scenic painter
Carlos Caneca .... lead man
Carlos Caneca .... lead set dresser
Eva P. Davy .... camera scenic: New York (as Eva Davy)
Nicole Elespuru .... art department coordinator: Florida
Steven Elliston .... head carpenter
Danielle Fleury .... assistant set decorator
William F. Gambill .... scenic artist
Peter Gelfman .... property master: New York
Ronald D. Grant .... propmaker
James Halpenny .... construction coordinator (as Jim Halpenny)
Brian Hess .... assistant on-set dresser: New York
Ron Hewitt .... assistant props
Mark Horstmann .... construction coordinator: New York
Tim Hurton .... key scenic painter
Mayumi Konishi-Valentine .... art department apprentice (as Mayumi Konishi)
Chuck Loriot .... stand-by carpenter
Scott Lyons .... art department apprentice
Fidelma Magill .... set buyer
Robin McAllister .... assistant props: New York
David Mosall .... propmaker (as Dave Mosall)
Shannon Mullins .... propmaker
Greg Pelchat .... on-set dresser
Aeschylus Poulos .... art department coordinator
Vic Rigler .... property master
Jeffrey Rollins .... on-set dresser: New York (as Jeff Rollins)
Charles Sharon .... head painter
Erin W. Sibley .... art department coordinator: New York
Gray Smith .... propmaker
Robert S. Smith .... carpenter
Rich Swim .... second assistant props: Florida (as Richard Swin)
William Tabor .... construction coordinator: Florida (as Bill Tabor)
Jeffrey Scott Taylor .... set decorator: Florida
Eileen Thoresen .... assistant props: Florida
Dan Wladyka .... set dresser
Sound Department
Michael Barosky .... sound mixer: New York
Patricia Brolsma .... boom operator
Jeff Cannon .... boom operator: Florida
Danielle Capawanna .... post coordinator
Bruce Carwardine .... sound mixer
Christian Castellano .... sound re-recordist
Joshua Chase .... sound editorial intern
Mick Gormaley .... assistant sound editor
Kenton Jakub .... adr editor
Colin Jones .... boom operator
George A. Lara .... foley mixer
Jamie Lowry .... assistant sound editor
Tony Martinez .... supervising dialogue editor (as Tony Martínez)
Peter Melnychuk .... boom operator
Michael W. Mitchell .... sound effects editor
Alex Raspa .... assistant adr engineer
Jacob Ribicoff .... sound editor
Paul P. Soucek .... supervising sound editor
Bill Sweeney .... foley editor (as William Sweeney)
Dominick Tavella .... sound re-recording engineer
Luke Thorpe .... apprentice sound editor
Brian Vancho .... foley artist
Steven Visscher .... sound effects editor
Magdaline Volaitis .... sound editor
Daniel Ward .... apprentice sound editor
Special Effects by
Warren Appleby .... special effects assistant
Richard Lee Jones .... special effects: Florida (as Rick Jones)
Michael Kavanagh .... special effects coordinator
Daniel White .... special effects technician (as Danny White)
Brittney Banks .... stunt rigger
Matt Birman .... stunts
Shelley Cook .... stunt performer
Steve Lucescu .... stunts
Darren Marsman .... stunts
Layton Morrison .... stunts
Edward A. Queffelec .... stunt double: Ray Liotta (as Ed Queffelec)
Kevin Rushton .... stunts
John Stoneham Jr. .... stunt coordinator
John Stoneham Sr. .... stunt driver
Bryan Thomas .... stunt double
Bryan Thomas .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Phil Abraham .... camera operator: New York
K.C. Bailey .... still photographer: USA
Scott Blynder .... vtr operator
Paul Bolton .... electrician
David Breeze .... gaffer
Aryn Chapman .... camera loader: New York
Angelo Colavecchia .... camera operator
Dave Cook .... best boy: Florida
Tim Davis .... video assist operator
Geoffrey James Dixon .... electrician: Florida
Tom Durkin .... grip: Florida
Sam Eldridge .... generator operator
Tony Eldridge .... best boy
Candide Franklyn .... camera operator: "b" camera
Kenneth Fundus .... key grip: New York (as Ken Fundus)
Darcy Gasparovic .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Larry Gianneschi IV .... loader: Florida
Glen Goodchild .... grip
Wayne Goodchild .... grip
Michael Hall .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as Mike Hall)
John Harper .... second assistant camera
Kevin Janicelli .... gaffer: New York
Keith Kastner .... grip: New York
Mike Kirilenko .... key grip
George Kraychyk .... still photographer: Canada
Sal Lanza .... grip: New York
Michael Logan .... best boy grip: Florida (as Mike Logan)
Bobby Mancuso .... first assistant camera: Florida (as Robert Mancuso)
Bobby Mancuso .... first assistant camera: New York (as Robert Mancuso)
Mike Moyer .... gaffer
Charlie Price .... best boy grip: New York
Ron Renzetti .... dolly grip
Barry Ryan .... grip: Florida
Eileen Schreiber .... second assistant camera: New York
Dave C. Sheridan .... first assistant camera (as David Sheridan)
Samuel Turturici .... grip (as Sam Turturici)
Michael J. Walsh .... electrician
Gregg M. Wolf .... grip: Florida
Ron Yolevsky .... best boy grip
Casting Department
Abe Forman-Greenwald .... casting assistant
Grant Wilfley .... extras casting: New York
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Julia S. Bubis .... wardrobe assistant: Florida
Donna Butt .... wardrobe assistant
Melody Haines .... wardrobe buyer: Florida
Theresa Mulconey .... wardrobe assistant: Florida
Marcia Patten .... wardrobe supervisor: New York
Stephanie Polo .... wardrobe assistant: Florida
Karen Renaut .... wardrobe mistress
Robert Roberts .... assistant wardrobe master (as Rob Roberts)
Anita Simard .... wardrobe assistant
Delphine White .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Tony Grocki .... assistant editor
Michelle Harrison .... associate editor
Russell Langille .... first assistant editor: film
Judy Moon .... post-production assistant
Brigitte Rabazo .... first assistant editor
Shelby Siegel .... second assistant editor
Music Department
Robert Mackintosh .... music supervisor
Bill Pearson .... music engineer
Patrick Russ .... orchestrator
Toby Wood .... music recording engineer
Transportation Department
Tom Heilig .... transportation captain: New York
Ron Hilts .... head driver
Vic Nowak .... transportation co-captain: New York
Jay Palomino .... transportation coordinator: Florida
Nick Sweetman .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Virginia Alves .... accounting assistant
Erica Bamforth .... assistant to director
Erica Bamforth .... set production assistant: New York
Debra Beers .... location manager
Carrie Bramlett .... set production assistant: Florida
Jeff Brush .... craft service
Kathryn Buck .... script supervisor
Augie Carton .... set production assistant: New York
Karen de Montbrun .... production accountant
Prudence Emery .... unit publicist
Lisa Etherington .... assistant accountant: Florida
Joe Facey .... craft service: New York
Michael Ferrara .... set production assistant
Diane Foti .... location manager: Florida
Gina Fowler .... production coordinator
Jennifer Zolten Freed .... post-production accountant
Hans Graffunder .... production coordinator: New York
Anthony F. Grani .... office production assistant (as Anthony Grani)
Rebecca Gray .... first assistant accountant
Nathan Griffin .... office production assistant: Florida
Paul Hiscock .... assistant: Joseph Fiennes
Pam Holdridge .... production coordinator: Florida
Alan Jacques .... projectionist
Ryan Paul James .... stand-in
Jessica Johnson Tavenner .... production secretary (as Jessica Johnson)
Lauren Klane .... set production assistant: New York
Beverley Kolbe .... assistant location manager
Jason Laub .... office production assistant: New York
Luis Lopez .... office production assistant: New York
Yael Melamede .... assistant to producers
Deborah Mermelstein .... completion bond
Debra Mintz .... set production assistant: New York
Wendy Mooradian .... assistant production coordinator
Fred Moyse .... set paramedic: Florida
Jason Murphy .... set production assistant: Florida
Kevon Murphy .... location assistant: New York
John Nelles .... dialect coach
Stuart Nicolai .... assistant location manager: New York
Murphy Occhino .... set production assistant: New York
Michael Pesce .... office production assistant
Bob Presner .... completion bond
Carla Raij .... location manager: New York
Robin M. Reelis .... assistant production coordinator
Ian Smith .... location production assistant
Jocelyn Snowdon .... choreographer
Joseph Sozzani .... productions assistant: Florida
David Steinberg .... legal
Cassidy Watkins .... assistant: Gretchen Mol
Cheeba White .... key set production assistant
Cheeba White .... key set production assistant: Florida
Alexandra Zabriskie .... assistant to director
Andreas Zachai .... assistant location manager: Florida
Gregg Zambrovitz .... set production assistant: Florida (as Greg Zambrovitz)
Howard Samuelsohn .... dialect coach (uncredited)

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Rated R for strong sexuality and violence, and for language
115 min | France:112 min | Germany:113 min
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Anachronisms: The movie opens in 1987, then goes to "14 Years Earlier", making it 1973. In the first disco scene, Ella Brice is seen dancing to "Rock The Boat" by The Hues Corporation. That song was not released until February of 1974.See more »
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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Schrader's Romantic Thriller, 19 January 2011
Author: meddlecore from Canada

In my opinion, Paull Schrader is one of the most under-appreciated Masters of American Cinema. From "Hardcore" to "Patty Hearst", Schrader's films often focus on "the dark side of sexuality", and have an aura about them that draws you in and encompasses you as a viewer.

His 1999 film, "Forever Mine" is an intense Romantic Thriller about forbidden love and revenge.

Joseph Fiennes plays Alan Riply, a young American working as a Cabana Boy at a high end resort in Cuba. One day, while doing his duties, he comes across a beautiful young woman named Ella Brice (Gretchen Mol), falling instantly in love with her. Unable to overcome his infatuation, he obsessively pursues her despite the fact she is on vacation with her husband Mark (Ray Liotta)- a powerful, but corrupt, Federal Prosecutor who is more concerned about doing business than he is paying attention to his young and beautiful wife.

One evening, while Mark is preoccupied with a business meeting, Alan leaps on his oppourtunity to charm and seduce the stunning Ella. Having voyeured her dancing at a club, he waits outside her room as a way to manufacture a happenstance meeting. Having her alone, Alan confesses his overwhelming feelings for her and bequests her to run away with him on a romantic getaway into the city.

As the sexual tension grows, Alan is able to convince Ella to take him up on his offer, and spend a day with him while her husband is on a business cruise. The two lovers run away together into the city, and the encounter culminates with a night of unmatched eroticism and passion.

When Ella's trip nears an end, she tries to end the fling and break ties with Alan, explaining it was just "part of the moment". But before they part ways, she tells him how she married her husband for convenience and security as opposed to love, and that, where as their love is would be impossible for their relationship to work in her situation.

Lovesick and Obsessed, Alan quits his job at the resort and moves to Miami...where he tracks down and forms an adulterous relationship with the woman he has fallen head over heels for.

Overcome by Catholic Guilt, Ella bares all in confessional, where she is convinced to reveal her transgressions to her husband. When Mark discovers the truth about Alan and his relationship with Ella, he decides to take matters into his own hands...and run the Cabana boy out of his city and get him out of his life.

Exploiting his position as a public prosecutor, Mark has Alan arrested and thrown in jail on trumped up charges. But when Mark intercepts a correspondence between Alan and Ella, sent from jail...he snaps, and decides that much more drastic measures must be taken.

Having arranged for a couple of prisoners to escape with and hand over Alan during a botched prison transfer, Mark takes matters into his own hands. He blasts Alan in the face with a shotgun and leaves him for dead.

But unbeknownst to Mark, Alan miraculously survives the ordeal...and is hell bent on revenge.

Suffering from a deforming facial injury, Alan decides to have plastic surgery and adopt an entirely new identity. He becomes Manuel Esquema, a cutthroat Cuban gangster and businessman- partnering up with an old friend from the resort.

Having established a name and reputation for Manuel, Alan's grand scheme comes to fruition when Mark- now living in NY- employs his help to try and stave off an investigation into corruption and money laundering that he was involved with when he was a prosecutor.

As it is evident that both Ella and Mark are becoming paranoid about the true intentions and motives of Senor Esquema- the cuts get faster (well, other than the intimate moments...those moments we tend to look back and dwell on) as the story spirals toward it's ultimate conclusion.

Who will survive this burdened love triangle? Will they discover Alan's true identity? Will love triumph with a picture perfect happy ending? Or will this end as one of those tragic love stories? Definitely worth a watch to find out!!!

The first half of the movie is narrated from the perspective of Alan (as Manuel), as he and his partner are traveling by plane from Miami to New York. We discover the backstory through the introspective recollections on which Alan ponders during the plane ride- triggered by memory cues like the rosary, conversation with the little girl etc. The moments between Alan and Ella are shot with that old-style MGM glow which definitely adds to the romantic atmosphere of the film.

In the second half of the film we find ourselves following Alan (as Manuel) as he begets his plan into action. During this segment of the film, Schrader continues to provide us with glimpses into the memory of Alan, by showing us a number of flashbacks- clearly being brought on by the presence of Mark and Ella- which reinforce his love for her and the revenge he seeks over him.

Shot beautifully, this is a well written and intriguing romantic thriller by an awesome director. Great movie to watch with your chick (or if you're a chick). 8 out of 10.

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