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Prelude to a Kiss (1992)

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.

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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, 10 July 1992

Gross USA:

$20,006,730

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,690,961
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Alec Guinness originally was cast in the role as "The Old Man", but dropped out of the production. See more »

Goofs

When they were in flight they were over Lake Michigan. No flight path for either airport would have taken them that way. See more »

Quotes

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

Referenced in The Exes: Prelude to a Kiss (2013) See more »

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Written by Dorcas Cochran and Lionel Newman
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Sweet little movie
9 January 2001 | by whereverSee all my reviews

I dismissed this movie as yet another romantic comedy when it came out in '92 and never gave it much thought until catching it recently on cable. It was quite surprisingly a very enjoyable film, for me mostly because of the chemistry between Meg Ryan and Alec Baldwin; I thought they captured the blissful uncertainty of falling in love and thought the subtext was an interesting commentary on love and marriage and what we see in others. It's no great work of art, but it is moving and sweet. I really enjoyed watching the two leading stars. Of course they're beautiful and all that, but they managed to seem human and flawed at the same time (as did the parents) and I didn't feel this movie was overly sappy at all. They seemed to talk to each other the way people do, and less like your typical Hollywood snappy dialogue. There were some interesting and touching moments, such as the contrast between what the old man thought a married couple should act and how Alec Baldwin thought they should, as he looked longingly at the couple kissing in the pool while his new wife (possessed by the old man) chatted away with an older couple.

Oscar winner Kathy Bates was totally wasted here though. I wonder if her part had been bigger and then got cut later.


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