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When a Man Loves a Woman (1994)

R | | Drama, Romance | 13 May 1994 (USA)
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The seemingly perfect relationship between a man and his wife is tested as a result of her alcoholism.

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Luis Mandoki
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Andy Garcia ... Michael Green
Meg Ryan ... Alice Green
Ellen Burstyn ... Emily
Tina Majorino ... Jess Green
Mae Whitman ... Casey Green
Lauren Tom ... Amy
Philip Seymour Hoffman ... Gary
Eugene Roche ... Walter
Gail Strickland ... Pam
Steven Brill ... Madras Tie Guy
Susanna Thompson ... Janet
Erinn Canavan Erinn Canavan ... Shannon
LaTanya Richardson Jackson ... Dr. Gina Mendez (as Latanya Richardson)
Bari K. Willerford Bari K. Willerford ... Malcolm
James Jude Courtney ... Earl
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Storyline

The seemingly perfect relationship between a man and his wife is tested as a result of her alcoholism.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

What Love Built A Secret Could Destroy... See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Vietnamese

Release Date:

13 May 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Significant Other See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$50,021,959

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$50,021,959
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Touchstone Pictures See more »
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Dolby | Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Michelle Pfeiffer was considered for the role of Alice Green. See more »

Goofs

It is a myth that vodka is not detectable on the breath. If Alice were indeed drinking a quart a day her husband, and everyone near her, would have smelled it. See more »

Quotes

Alice Green: That is a sad little ensemble!
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Crazy Credits

As the end credits roll, we see people socializing at an A.A. meeting. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Hollywood's Leading Ladies with David Sheehan (1993) See more »

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Stewart's Coat
Written and Performed by Rickie Lee Jones
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an unusual Ryan outing
14 November 2002 | by Fiona-39See all my reviews

Normally Meg Ryan is in those annoying fluffy films playing her annoying fluffy character whose one vice is eating too many corn chips or watching too many romantic movies. Here, however, is a film that does show case her considerable acting talent, and her vices are slamming down a bottle of vodka before ten in the morning, slapping her kid around, hoarding prescription pills and harrassing the neighbours. This is an unexpected gem. I also have very personal reasons for loving this film, having watched it with a friend and having to miss the last five minutes to catch a train, then going to watch it all over again on the Champs Elysees in Paris just for the ending, and then watching the other night when it was screened late on tv, in that hour where they bung in movies they don't know what to do with, and was reminded of how good it is. It is the strength of characterisation that works so well, esp the two girls. The hurt of the elder girl when she says that she just wanted to tell her mum she'd done her homework is brilliantly conveyed. That smarting sense of injustice and incomprehension regarding the adult world and its hypocrises gets me every time. Andy Garcia bloody gorgeous too.


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