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Breathing Lessons (1994)

PG | | Drama | TV Movie 6 February 1994
A married couple review their lives and renew their love for one another while driving to a friend's funeral.

Director:

John Erman

Writers:

Anne Tyler (book), Robert W. Lenski (teleplay)
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Garner ... Ira Moran
Joanne Woodward ... Maggie Moran
Kathryn Erbe ... Fiona
Joyce Van Patten ... Serena
Eileen Heckart ... Mabel
Paul Winfield ... Daniel Otis
Tim Guinee ... Jesse Moran
Henry Jones ... Sam
Stephi Lineburg ... Leroy
Debra Mooney ... Mrs. Stuckey
John Considine ... Durwood
Delphi Harrington ... Sugar
Jean Louisa Kelly ... Daisy
Kevin Thigpen Kevin Thigpen ... Lamont
Larry John Meyers Larry John Meyers ... Bodyshop Owner
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A married couple review their lives and renew their love for one another while driving to a friend's funeral.

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Rated PG for thematic elements
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Joanne Woodward and James Garner elevate a bland Ann Tyler adaptation
15 March 2020 | by longcooljolieSee all my reviews

First, Ann Tyler is one of my favorite authors, and I have enjoyed all of her books from the decades-old ones to her most recent ones and she may be retired now. "Breathing Lessons" is one I read at least twice, and one of her best. When the VHS of the Hallmark adaptation showed up at the local thrift store I just had to buy it and spend a quiet Saturday evening viewing it.

For anyone who'd never read the book this movie would come across as a less-sacharine-than-usual Hallmark movie with stronger acting. Joanne Woodward was a great choice for the Maggie character and it's also a pleasure to see James Garner in a leading role as her not-quite-henpecked husband. Most viewers would probably find the subject matter to be just a series of vignettes about a couple going through late middle age.

However, huge liberties were taken with the story to shoehorn it into a 90-minute Hallmark format. Without giving too much away for anyone interested in reading the wonderful book, it has way more scope and follows an arc lasting months instead of just chronicling a couple of days in the life of Mr. and Mrs. Moran.

The significance of "Breathing Lessons" becomes a throwaway line from Fiona, when in the book it's way more relevant and standout. Of course, if the movie had truly followed the book all the way it would have been a mini-series and not just a Hallmark movie. Still, it's enjoyable and heartwarming and does manage to pull together a nifty little ending.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 February 1994 (USA) See more »

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Hallmark Hall of Fame: Breathing Lessons (#43.2) See more »

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