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Prelude to a Kiss (1992)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance | 10 July 1992 (USA)
A couple fall in love despite the girl's pessimistic outlook. As they struggle to come to terms with their relationship, something supernatural happens that tests it.

Director:

Norman René

Writers:

Craig Lucas (play), Craig Lucas (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alec Baldwin ... Peter Hoskins
Meg Ryan ... Rita Boyle
Kathy Bates ... Leah Blier
Ned Beatty ... Dr. Boyle
Patty Duke ... Mrs. Boyle
Richard Riehle ... Jerry Blier
Stanley Tucci ... Taylor
Sydney Walker Sydney Walker ... Old Man
Rocky Carroll ... Tom
Debra Monk ... Aunt Dorothy
Ray Gill Ray Gill ... Uncle Fred
Ward Ohrman Ward Ohrman ... Minister
Annie Golden ... Tin Market Musician
Frank Carillo Frank Carillo ... Tin Market Musician
Sally Murphy ... Bridesmaid #1
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Storyline

A couple fall in love despite the girl's pessimistic outlook. As they struggle to come to terms with their relationship, something supernatural happens that tests it. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language (sex related dialogue) | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Dutch

Release Date:

10 July 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hechizo de un beso See more »

Filming Locations:

Berwyn, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,273,395, 12 July 1992

Gross USA:

$20,006,730

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$22,697,691
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Mary-Louise Parker was set to reprise the role of Rita Boyle that she originated in the original stage show but was replaced by Meg Ryan at the insistence of the studio due to Ryan being a bigger star at the time. See more »

Goofs

When Peter is first in Rita's apartment and she unbuttons his shirt he sits down and the width his shirt is apart changes between shots. See more »

Quotes

Old Man: Can I give you two a piece of advice?
Old Man: Floss.
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Alternate Versions

UK versions are cut 2m 37s for a 'PG' rating. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Famous in Love: Prelude to a Diss (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

A Certain Smile
Music by Sammy Fain
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
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quirky piece of work.... I sure did like it though
5 May 2006 | by OpWo45See all my reviews

I voted this film a little low only because there is magnificent competition out there, masterfully crafted stuff perfect from alpha to omega... despite my lower end vote, I enjoyed the heck out of this work by the end of the film.

First I should say, I only tuned in because of the cast, I knew nothing else about the film except the quickie blurb in the TV guide.

I thought it started out a little odd and choppy. The early "dating" scenes though only from 1992, seemed a bit unnatural and "dated" - (and made me wonder if when I was young and starting to fall in love, I was ever really that hokey and scripted) but I hung in there... I had hopes the film would go somewhere other just "another Hollywood love story" - boy, did I get my wish.

I honestly didn't see the turn of fantastical events coming, Lukas snuck them in softly allowing the viewer to discover for themself before the reveal... but once I did, I was hooked right in, line and sinker.

Other opinion writers have given the details in their "spoilers." I don't think I need to, but I would like to say to those who haven't yet seen this film to suspend your sense of disbelief with a heart open enough to hear the quiet breathing of someone you love while they are sleeping miles away from you.

By the end of this film, I was very glad I took the time and highly recommend it for any but the most cynical and insensitive of clods.


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