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Joseph, a former professional musician who has withdrawn into a quiet life after the death of his wife. Remaining mostly isolated, he stays at home, playing his violin in the evenings for ... See full summary »

Director:

Bob Balaban

Writers:

Richard Bausch (novel), Bob Balaban (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Armin Mueller-Stahl ... Joseph
Olivia d'Abo ... Charlotte
Lionel Stander ... Howard Singer
Maureen Stapleton ... Ida Cutler
Adrian Pasdar ... Eddie
Zohra Lampert ... Barbara
Kevin Corrigan ... Frank
Molly Powell Molly Powell ... Dorothy
Jody Wilson Jody Wilson ... Mrs. Wilder
Beatrice Winde Beatrice Winde ... Nurse Westman
Burtt Harris Burtt Harris ... Supermarket Manager
Kenneth Simmons ... Bartender (as Ken Simmons)
Gino Lucci Gino Lucci ... Bus Driver
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Storyline

Joseph, a former professional musician who has withdrawn into a quiet life after the death of his wife. Remaining mostly isolated, he stays at home, playing his violin in the evenings for entertainment. This routine is disrupted, however, when he witnesses a violent fight between his neighbor, Eddie, and his girlfriend Charlotte. He takes an interest in her, eventually taking her in when he learns that she has no place to stay. The gentle Kopple possesses a traditional, European restraint, while she is tough and jaded. Nevertheless, the two soon become close companions, sharing their pain and finding unexpected solace in each other. Written by lament

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He was her only hope. She was his last chance.

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 April 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nunca hay una última vez See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$65,081
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Lionel Stander's last film. See more »

Quotes

Charlotte Zwicki: You're a nice guy, Joseph.
Joseph Kopple: You're drunk.
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Slow, but good
31 March 1999 | by Tito-8See all my reviews

I had a bit of a mixed reaction to this film, but in the end, I feel that I have to recommend it, since it is so refreshing to see a film that is so leisurely paced. This is a well-made film, with a good story and solid performances, so it's the kind of movie where I would like to (but can't) overlook the major flaws. Unfortunately, the film isn't particularly memorable, and a film that is this slow does tend to make me watch the clock a little more often than usual. As you may have guessed, this is the kind of film for people who prefer to hear conversations instead of explosions in movies they watch. And while I wouldn't say that this is exceedingly effective as far as dialogue-driven films go, it does have two likable leads that make this a movie that is hard not to like.


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