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Reckless (1995)

On Christmas Eve, a regretful husband admits to his high-spirited wife that he has hired a contract killer to take her out. She immediately flees. A nice couple offers her shelter, but everyone have dark secrets in this wacky movie.

Director:

Norman René

Writer:

Craig Lucas
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mia Farrow ... Rachel
Tony Goldwyn ... Tom
Juana Barrios Juana Barrios ... Female Reporter Re: Fire
Mike Heibeck Mike Heibeck ... Fireman
Vee Brown Vee Brown ... Anchor Person Re: Jogger
Jack Gilpin ... Weatherman
Scott Glenn ... Lloyd
Mary-Louise Parker ... Pooty
William Duell William Duell ... Roy
Deborah Rush ... Trish
Anthony Pagano Anthony Pagano ... Small Boy In Therapy
Debra Monk ... Therapist
Giancarlo Esposito ... Host Tim Timko
Joanne Krispin Joanne Krispin ... Beautiful Twin
Lisa Krispin Lisa Krispin ... Beautiful Twin
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Storyline

On Christmas Eve, a regretful husband admits to his high-spirited wife that he has hired a contract killer to take her out. She immediately flees. A nice couple offers her shelter, but everyone have dark secrets in this wacky movie.

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Taglines:

The most twisted Christmas ever.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for complex psychological themes and some disturbing images | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 November 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aconteceu no Natal See more »

Filming Locations:

Georgetown, Connecticut, USA

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$103,351
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Reckless was first staged by The Production Company in 1983 under the direction of Norman René, who also directed the movie. It underwent some revisions and had other productions, with the first performance of the 1985 published version occurring on September 14, 1988 at New York City's Circle Repertory Company, again directed by Norman René. More recently it had a Broadway revival. Previews began on September 23, 2004; the opening on October 14, 2004 and closing on December 19, 2004 after seventy-seven total performances. Mary-Louise Parker, who played Pooty in the movie, took the lead role as Rachel, and Debra Monk repeated her movie role in the Broadway run. See more »

Quotes

Lloyd: The past is something you wake up to. It's the nightmare you wake up to every single day.
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Tess, Ralph & Juniper ... production dogs See more »


Soundtracks

Silent Night
(1818)
Music by Franz Xaver Gruber (uncredited)
Words By Joseph Mohr (uncredited)
English translation anonymous
Performed by Jack Jones
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Not very good adaptation of a not very good play
23 October 2004 | by dbborroughsSee all my reviews

Walking out of the current (October 2004) revival of the Craig Lucas play I overheard a couple talking about the film version of the play and it suddenly came back to me why it all seemed familiar, I saw it on TV several years ago.

The story of how a woman who's husband can't take her any more and hires a hit man to kill her, only to send her away before he arrives is a very strange story. No one and nothing is who they seem to be. And the twists and turns seem rather random. The whole bit about visiting every Springfield in the country is just plain dumb. The dialog is clever at times but mostly it seems forced.

Worse is the fact that this probably should never have been made into a film. The play which is full of whimsey and is stylized does not translate into a film well. The actors are okay but many are completely wrong for the roles. The Goldwyn/Farrow coupling doesn't quite work so the story isn't believable from the get go.

If given the choice of play versus movie go for the play where the whimsey works better, however you would be better off renting or seeing pretty much anything else.

5 out of 10 for the bits that work.

Side Note: Mary Louise Parker who plays Pootie and a couple other members of the cast of this film are in the current Broadway production. Obviously they are gluttons for punishment


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