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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.

Director:

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

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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)

Gross USA:

$2,104,000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Amber Smith. See more »

Goofs

The sandwich that Margaret is eating. See more »

Quotes

Margaret: Ya know, there should be a law against 24 year old blondes with big tits named Debbie.
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Referenced in The Larry Sanders Show: Arthur After Hours (1995) See more »

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"Eternally'
Performed by Sarah Vaughan (as Sarah Vaughn)
Written by Geoffrey Parsons, Charles Chaplin
Published by Bourne Co. (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Mercury Records
By Arrangement with PolyGram Special Markets
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An unexpected delight
18 September 2011 | by btm1See all my reviews

Comcast cable gave "Faithful" just 2 stars, so I wasn't sure I wanted to see it. But I love films Cher has starred in, so I watched it not expecting too much. It's a small but delightful film about the interaction of a woman and the hit-man hired to kill her.

Maggie (Cher) is an extremely wealthy housewife. She drives a Rolls, and lives in a modern mansion that seems large enough to house a hotel or resort. But she is depressed. Her husband of 20 years, Jack (Ryan O'Neal), has been neglecting her. They haven't had sex for months and she is sure he is having an affair. A hit-man, Tony (Chazz Palminteri), sneaks into her house and ties her to a chair. He explains that her husband hired him to kill her, but he has to wait until the husband signals (by phoning and hanging up after two rings) that he has reached his alibi location.

While waiting, Maggie tries to convince Tony to work for her instead of her husband. Tony becomes distressed and calls his psychotherapist, Dr. Susskind (Paul Mazursky, who also was the film's Director).

While this does not sound like a comedy, in what drama does a hit-man call his therapist during a job? Besides, there is the anticipation that Maggy will come out on top. She is Cher after-all!

Chazz Palminteri is excellent as the troubled hit-man. He also wrote the play the film is based on, and wrote the screenplay. Robert De Niro is listed as the Producer.

There are some minor problems that I didn't think about until writing this review. They don't really matter:

1. Maggie considers herself a housewife. But how does she spend her days? Wouldn't such a person have a circle of girlfriends who discuss each others family problems?

2. Shouldn't such a large home have a staff to run it? It has an elaborate security system but no staff to respond to intrusions? A cook? A maid to keep the many rooms clean? 3. Cher's acting seemed to me to somehow to be a little off, as if she didn't put her full effort into it. In other films she has been a superb actress.

The film was adapted from a play, so it is not surprising that nearly all the scenes are in the mansion.


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