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Falling in Love (1984)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 21 November 1984 (USA)
During shopping for Christmas, Frank and Molly run into each other. This fleeting short moment will start to change their lives, when they recognize each other months later in the train ... See full summary »

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Ulu Grosbard
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert De Niro ... Frank Raftis
Meryl Streep ... Molly Gilmore
Harvey Keitel ... Ed Lasky
Jane Kaczmarek ... Ann Raftis
George Martin George Martin ... John Trainer
David Clennon ... Brian Gilmore
Dianne Wiest ... Isabelle
Victor Argo ... Victor Rawlins
Wiley Earl Wiley Earl ... Mike Raftis
Jesse Bradford ... Joe Raftis
Chevi Colton Chevi Colton ... Elevator Woman
Richard Giza Richard Giza ... Salesman
Frances Conroy ... Waitress
James Ryan ... Cashier
Sonny Abagnale Sonny Abagnale ... Tow Truck Driver
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Storyline

During shopping for Christmas, Frank and Molly run into each other. This fleeting short moment will start to change their lives, when they recognize each other months later in the train home and have a good time together. Although both are married and Frank has two little kids, they meet more and more often, their friendship becoming the most precious thing in their lives. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 November 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Rizzoli Affair See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,293,710, 25 November 1984, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$10,600,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Director Ulu Grosbard credited Robert De Niro and Meryl Streep "helping shape" and develop the movie's screenplay. For two months, Streep and De Niro met once a week to improvise scenes with Ulu Grosbard and Michael Cristofer so as to fix the film's script, which needed more work as at the time, as the film project was at risk of being put into turnaround. See more »

Goofs

When trying on clothes prior to meeting Frank in NYC, Molly takes off the striped dress and tosses it in the pile on the bed. In the next shot the dress is visible on her arm as she continues to look through clothes hanging in the closet. See more »

Quotes

Molly Gilmore: [talking to Isabelle about Frank] No, I think about him every day. Last thought before I fall asleep and first thought when I wake up. I talk to myself all day about him, even when I'm talking to somebody else, even when I'm talking to you now I'm talking to myself about him. Brian thinks I'm ill, he thinks that it has to do with my father, he thinks the stress and, you know, all that... Thinks I'm having a breakdown, but I'm not, there's nothing wrong with me. Except that I love him.
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Connections

References Brief Encounter (1945) See more »

Soundtracks

Nights on Fire
Written by Scott Lipsker & Bill Rinehart
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A true little gem for those of us who aren't afraid of a simple story well told
7 February 2005 | by Khim1See all my reviews

This is my favourite DeNiro movie and one of Meryl Streep's many great roles (but don't miss The Hours, The Bridges of Madison County and Out of Africa!). Meryl Streep can, better than most, carry a slow movie built almost entirely on moods and quiet thinking.

Still, Falling in Love could never have been what it is without all the excellent supporting actors. The way it paints the image of two very different marriages slowly falling apart without the participants really understanding what is happening is compelling, and the movie, while not exactly complex or deep, doesn't ever take the easy way out. Instead it relies completely on the talents of all the actors, to tell a realistic story of what can and does happen in real life.

The music is also excellent and at times it stands for a significant part of the movie's language.

But don't bother if you're prejudiced against romantic drama.


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