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When a Man Loves a Woman (1994)

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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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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
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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

Tom Hanks and Debra Winger were originally cast as Michael and Alice Green. See more »

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When Michael takes the bottles out to the trash, a cameraman can be seen slinking past the open doorway of the house. See more »

Quotes

Alice Green: It's a press-on tattoo!
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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 Dave's World: I Lost It at the Movies (1994) See more »

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My Funny Valentine
Written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart
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FACING THE TRUTH
30 September 2001 | by frank56See all my reviews

Simply put, When A Man Loves A Woman is the best story about family in America since Ordinary People and Shoot The Moon. If that sounds a bit overblown -- too bad, because it's true. As a self professed fan of foreign films, this film manages to take an honest look at alcoholism and relationships rarely seen in American films. The actors inhabit a whole life here -- they feel like a real family with entire past lives. Every actor hits the right tone -- Meg Ryan is commanding, Andy Garcia simply takes his time, as does Tina Majorino, who gives a performance alongside Haley Joel Osment's in The Sixth Sense. Another rare take the script accomplishes (with Garcia's considerable help)is conveying Michael's emotional life and struggles with loving his wife in an expected - a layer also unseen in American films. This story asks uneasy questions and dosen't always profess to know the answers -- and sometimes, that's all we have.


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