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

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

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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$50,021,959
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Tina Majorino's movie debut. See more »

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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 »

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Alice Green: I drink a quart a day. It's vodka so you couldn't smell it.
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As the end credits roll, we see people socializing at an A.A. meeting. See more »

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Referenced in The Last Man on Earth: Baby Steps (2015) See more »

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Stewart's Coat
Written and Performed by Rickie Lee Jones
Courtesy of Geffen Records
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an unusual Ryan outing
14 November 2002 | by See 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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