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Heartburn (1986)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 25 July 1986 (USA)
She's a magazine writer who gives up her career for love and family. He's a playboy newspaper columnist who can't quite give up his old tricks. And if that combination doesn't give a relationship Heartburn, nothing will.

Director:

Mike Nichols

Writers:

Nora Ephron (novel), Nora Ephron (screenplay)
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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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 break-up of Screenwriter Nora Ephron's marriage to Carl "All the President's Men" Bernstein that was also a best-selling novel. The Ephron character, Rachel Samstat (Meryl Streep), is a food writer at a New York City magazine who meets Washington, D.C. columnist Mark Forman (Jack Nicholson) 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:

Sex... Love... Marriage. Some people don't know when to quit! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

The lead character, based on famous Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein, is named Mark Forman. Although at the time this was a secret supposedly known only to Bernstein and his collaborator Bob Woodward, the real name of "Deep Throat", the journalists' principal informant of the Watergate affair, was Mark Felt. 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: [taking a very pregnant Rachel to the hospital] Just keep breathing, you can do it.
Rachel Samstat: [panting] I don't want to do it, honey. Can't we get somebody else to do it?
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Connections

Referenced in Valerie: Heartburn (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Soliloquy
(excerpt)
From the musical play "Carousel"
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Sung by Jack Nicholson
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All time favourite romantic drama!
6 December 2004 | by anderssonokompaniSee all my reviews

I can watch this movie over and over again and will never get tired of it.Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson at their best! I originally loved the book as well.

The ups and downs of a marriage juggling carreers,pregnancy,adulterous spouses,social events etc is really brought up in a masterful but still truthful way.

Streep was actually pregnant for real in the movie.The subtext she brings out in her acting and all the little details just make you love her more and more.

Her culinary tricks makes you run for your notebook.I actually get so hungry for Carbonara whenever I watch this movie.

It is full of tears and laughter and you can't help loving it.

I take this movie to my heart forever.


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 July 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Heartburn See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,783,079, 27 July 1986

Gross USA:

$25,314,189

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,314,189
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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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