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Heartburn (1986)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 25 July 1986 (USA)
A food writer pregnant with her second baby finds out her husband is having an affair.

Director:

Mike Nichols

Writers:

Nora Ephron (novel), Nora Ephron (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Meryl Streep ... Rachel
Jack Nicholson ... Mark
Jeff Daniels ... Richard
Maureen Stapleton ... Vera
Stockard Channing ... Julie
Richard Masur ... Arthur
Catherine O'Hara ... Betty
Steven Hill ... Rachel's Father
Milos Forman ... Dmitri
Mamie Gummer ... Annie (as Natalie Stern)
Karen Akers Karen Akers ... Thelma Rice
Aida Linares Aida Linares ... Juanita
Anna Maria Horsford ... Della
Ron McLarty ... Detective O'Brien
Kenneth Welsh ... Dr. Appel
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Storyline

An autobiographical look at the breakup of Ephron's marriage to Carl "All the President's Men" Bernstein that was also a best-selling novel. The Ephron character, Rachel is a food writer at a New York magazine who meets Washington columnist Mark at a wedding and ends up falling in love with him despite her reservations about marriage. They buy a house, have a daughter, and Rachel thinks they are living happily ever after until she discovers that Mark is having an affair while she is waddling around with a second pregnancy. Written by Lisa Todorovich

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Taglines:

Two Oscar Winning Stars Combine With An Oscar Winning Director [UK Theatrical] See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 July 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El difícil arte de amar See more »

Filming Locations:

Alexandria, Virginia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$25,314,289
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The movie's Heartburn (1986) name is split into two words "Heart" and "Burn" and separated by a heart symbol in two colors in promotional title logos on DVD covers used for the movie. This symbolizes a broken heart from the film's infidelity and separation story elements. See more »

Goofs

After saying she was making a key lime pie for dinner, Rachel is seen at a produce dept buying regular limes, rather than key limes. See more »

Quotes

Mark Forman: When we're married, I want this once a week.
Rachel Samstat: I'm never getting married again. I don't believe in marriage.
Mark Forman: Neither do I.
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Connections

Referenced in Death Wish 4: The Crackdown (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby?
Written by Louis Jordan and Billy Austin
Sung by Jack Nicholson
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User Reviews

 
Poor Use of Splendid Cast
1 March 2008 | by randymoyleSee all my reviews

When viewing this movie, I en visualized a film making challenge. It was almost like presenting a class of senior year cinematic arts students with a graduate project. Take Jack Nicholson, Meryl Streep and add a few seasoned comedic supporting members such as Catharine O'Hara, and produce the most boring movie imaginable.

The set was dreary, repetitive, and depressing. Nicholson and Streep took to their characters well, but even their efforts couldn't save this one. The lackluster plot was commonplace and predictable. It played out like a slow moving expanded drama that replicates itself millions of times in American homes. In fact many of you could have watched the same drama unfold in the homes of your neighbors, co-workers or family. So why go to the theater or rent this DVD?


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