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Speechless (1994)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 16 December 1994 (USA)
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Two political speechwriters fall in love before they find out they are working for candidates on opposite sides.

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Ron Underwood

Writer:

Robert King
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Keaton ... Kevin Vallick
Geena Davis ... Julia Mann
Christopher Reeve ... Bob Freed
Bonnie Bedelia ... Annette
Ernie Hudson ... Dan Ventura
Charles Martin Smith ... Mike Kratz
Gailard Sartain ... Lee Cutler
Ray Baker ... Ray Garvin
Mitchell Ryan ... Lloyd Wannamaker
Willie Garson ... Dick
Paul Lazar ... Harry
Richard Poe ... Tom
Harry Shearer ... Chuck
Steven Wright ... Eddie
Jodi Carlisle ... Doris Wind
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Storyline

Meeting each other for the first time in the gift shop of the Las Cruces, New Mexico hotel where they are both staying, there is an undeniable and mutual attraction between Julia Mann and Kevin Vallick, with things they share being their insomnia and both being writers. That attraction may take a turn when they find out at an inopportune time that he is now not the television sitcom writer she believed him to be and she is now not the reporter he believed her to be, but rather they are both speechwriters for opposing candidates for the one open New Mexico senate seat, she writing for Democrat Lloyd Wannamaker, and he writing for Republican Ray Garvin. Beyond issues within their respective campaigns they may have let slip in their pillow talk, they have to decide if love and politics can mix. Their situation is further complicated by: Julia's ex-fiancé, war correspondent Robert Freed - nicknamed Baghdad Bob - trying to win her back, she who broke up with him believing he wanted a ... Written by Huggo

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Once in a lifetime, you meet that perfect, unforgetable, irresistable enemy. See more »

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Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for one use of strong language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

16 December 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Apenas Bons Amigos See more »

Filming Locations:

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,969,048, 18 December 1994, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$20,664,501
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1.85 : 1
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Michael Keaton is seen wearing a Pittsburgh Pirates hat in the movie. Keaton is from Pittsburgh, and an avid Pirates fan. See more »

Quotes

Julia: Shall we speak the unspoken language of love?
Kevin: You mean the kind only dogs can hear?
Julia: Yes, the very same.
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Honky Tonk Crowd
Written by Marty Stuart
Performed by Rick Trevino
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Nice romance - but could have been funnier and had better chemistry
4 December 2001 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

In town for a political campaign, speechwriters for the opposing sides Kevin and Julia met and share a fun evening together unaware of who the other is. Later they meet sparking a conflict that spills from their romance into the battle between the two politicians.

This is a very light romantic comedy. The story is promising - romance and political competition but the delivery lets it down. The plot drops into a very lightweight romance with a touch of screwball comedy, musical score doesn't help as it has a gentle tickling tune that plays for basically the whole thing. The script doesn't have any teeth either, it's not sharp like a film set around politics should be and it's not as funny as it thinks it is. Instead it has a screwball feel to it - although it can't hold a candle to the films of the 50's that it clearly aspires to be.

It's a shame because for a light movie it has a very heavy cast of well-known faces. Keaton is as good as he always is, but him and Davis lack a great chemistry and their romance isn't convincing, neither is the conflict between them. The support cast is full of well known actors - Bonnie Bedelia, Ernie Hudson, Charles Martin Smith, Mitch Ryan and Christopher Reeve. Even Steven Wright and Harry Shearer pop up for a cameo as sitcom stars Chuck and Eddie. It's a shame that such a face-heavy cast don't have better material to work with.

This is a very light romantic comedy. The romance doesn't work due to the lack of spark between the two likeable stars, and the comedy isn't that funny because it isn't sharp. The director and script-writers miss a fantastic opportunity with such a great cast and a good set-up (Ron Underwood! - were City Slickers and Tremors early flukes?). The film brings out some political claws towards the end but even then they're blunted by the need for a romantic conclusion.

Nice romance with some funny moments - but could have been much funnier.


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