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Love Hurts (1990)

The story of Paul Weaver and his strained relationships with women and his family.


Bud Yorkin


Ron Nyswaner




Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Daniels ... Paul Weaver
Cynthia Sikes ... Nancy Weaver
Judith Ivey ... Susan Volcheck
John Mahoney ... Boomer
Cloris Leachman ... Ruth Weaver
Amy Wright ... Karen Weaver
Mary Griffin Mary Griffin ... Sarah Weaver
Tom Allen Tom Allen ... David Weaver (as Thomas Allen)
Jo Livingston Jo Livingston ... Harold Whipkey
Annabelle Weenick ... Miriam Whipkey
Matt Carlton Matt Carlton ... Doug Whipkey (as Matthew Carlton)
Eve Smith Eve Smith ... Grandma Whipkey
Jack Willis Jack Willis ... Danny Volcheck
Buddy Quaid ... Billy Volcheck
Peter Van Norden ... Frank


Thirty-seven year old Paul Weaver, an ex-major leaguer turned insurance salesman, a job he hates, has just received final divorce papers a year after his wife Nancy Weaver left him because of his chronic infidelity. Paul can admit to himself that Nancy is the only woman he's ever loved but sometimes it was easier to turn to other woman as those one-nighters carried less baggage. Despite the probability of seeing Nancy, Paul decides to make the ten hour drive from his home in New York City to his small hometown in Pennsylvania for his sister Karen Weaver's wedding, he planning on staying with his parents in his old bedroom. What Paul is unaware of until he arrives is that Nancy and their their two children, teenage David Weaver and preteen Sarah Weaver, have temporarily moved in with his parents out of circumstance. While David understands the machinations of what happened with his parents, Sarah, who nonetheless misses New York life and always has plans on running away, blames her ... Written by Huggo

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A painfully romantic comedy. See more »


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Jonathan Demme was initially attached to the project but he left when he couldn't get any interest or backing, especially when Demme's first choice for lead was Nick Nolte. See more »


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Not a comedy...
13 May 2020 | by ZombusterSee all my reviews

More of a drama, this movie is one of the saddest movie about love, it only show the worst part of it, in every scene the hero is strained and hurted, you can only cry about his fate until a little before the end, they describe it as "A Painfully Romantic Comedy" on the poster, but they really should change it to "A Painfully Dramatic Comedy " because the romance is simply not present, only rejection and questions about relationship, overall the movie is not badly played or written, but they lied about it, and I don't like being lied to..

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Release Date:

9 November 1990 (UK) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Waxahachie, Texas, USA

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Vestron Pictures See more »
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1.85 : 1
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