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Faithful (1996)

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A depressed housewife whose husband is having an affair contemplates suicide, but changes her mind when she faces death by a killer hired to do her in.

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Paul Mazursky

Writers:

Chazz Palminteri (play), Chazz Palminteri (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cher ... Margaret
Chazz Palminteri ... Tony
Ryan O'Neal ... Jack Connor
Paul Mazursky ... Dr. Susskind
Amber Smith ... Debbie
Elisa Leonetti ... Maria
Mark Nassar Mark Nassar ... Maria's Boyfriend
Stephen Spinella ... Young Man at Rolls
Jeffrey Wright ... Young Man at Rolls
David Marino David Marino ... Little Tony
Steven Randazzo Steven Randazzo ... Tony's Father
Olinda Turturro Olinda Turturro ... Tony's Mother
Max Norat Max Norat ... Jewelery Store Salesman
Allison Janney ... Saleslady
Chris O'Neill Chris O'Neill ... Priest
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Storyline

For their 20th wedding anniversary, Jack gets Maggie a diamond necklace and a hit man. But when Tony shows up and, waiting for the signal from Jack in Connecticut to do the hit, he and Maggie begin to talk - perhaps Tony can come to value Maggie even more than her husband does. And when Jack shows up, things get very tricky. Written by Bruce Cameron <dumarest@midcoast.com>

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A comedy about a wife, her husband and his hit man. See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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Rated R for language and sex-related dialogue | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 April 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

20 lat... i ani dnia dluzej See more »

Filming Locations:

Harrison, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$967,956, 7 April 1996

Gross USA:

$2,104,439

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,104,439
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Amber Smith. See more »

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The sandwich that Margaret is eating. See more »

Quotes

Tony: Blow jobs don't count.
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Referenced in The Larry Sanders Show: Arthur After Hours (1995) See more »

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The Irish Wedding Jigs
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Traditionally arranged by Joanie Madden
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Cher can be a good actress - but not always
1 January 1999 | by DomiMMHSSee all my reviews

"Faithful" is a worth-watching film, somewhere between comedy and drama, but not tragicomedy. It stars Cher as a rich but rejected wife who wants to take her life on her 20th anniversary. But then a hitman hired by her husband gets into her house. He ties her to a chair and they start to talk - as it's an adaption of a play - and slowly Cher's wish to live on is growing. The dialogue is quite spirited and also funny, you shouldn't miss it. And it's pretty cool when the hitman is making phone-calls to his psychiatrist and vice versa, again and again. You have to enjoy this, it's almost 'tarantinoesque', but better, because there is no celebration of violence here. Nevertheless, in the end it gets kind of disturbing and boring. Now the movie finally suffers from the fact that basically only three actors are involved. Cher's acting is very good in the beginning, her facial acting is fabulous when portraying the desperate woman meeting her killer. But from the moment when her husband (Ryan O'Neal) returns, her character is much less convincing and her face of vivid emotion turns a face of a pale mask of make-up, which - forgive me - she may think makes her look one or two decades younger. Now my vote: 7 out of 10!


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