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Losing Chase (1996)

Chase Phillips (Dame Helen Mirren), a lifetime resident of Martha's Vineyard, married Richard (Beau Bridges), and like the area, grew into the upper middle class. Her distaste for ... See full summary »


Kevin Bacon


Anne Meredith
Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »




Complete credited cast:
Helen Mirren ... Chase Phillips
Kyra Sedgwick ... Elizabeth Cole
Beau Bridges ... Mr. Richard Phillips
Michael Yarmush Michael Yarmush ... Little Richard Phillips
Lucas Denton Lucas Denton ... Jason Phillips
Elva Mai Hoover ... Margaret Thompson
Nancy Beatty Nancy Beatty ... Cynthia Porter
Rino Romano ... Bartender
Simon Reynolds ... Instructor
B.J. McLellan B.J. McLellan ... Winston
Bunty Webb Bunty Webb ... Housekeeper
Kate Hennig Kate Hennig ... Katherine
Cheryl Swarts Cheryl Swarts ... Nurse
Ron Gabriel Ron Gabriel ... Jack


Chase Phillips (Dame Helen Mirren), a lifetime resident of Martha's Vineyard, married Richard (Beau Bridges), and like the area, grew into the upper middle class. Her distaste for artificiality leads her to a wild breakdown, and Richard dutifully tries to restore their family unit as best he knows how by hiring a "Mother's Helper", Elizabeth (Kyra Sedgwick). Chase is broken, and wickedly caustic towards Elizabeth, until they discover each other's similarities. A strong relationship develops, affecting their personal and familial salvation, and destruction. Written by Lew Jacobs <titus@idirect.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A love they never dreamed of. A summer they would never forget.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brief language | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


Discussed at length in Amy Villarejo's book "Ethereal Queer: Television, Historicity, Desire". See more »


During the finale, when Richard is driving to the ferry, he is wearing a dark blue short sleeved shirt, yet is wearing a long sleeved bleached (white?) shirt after arriving. See more »


References Captain Kangaroo (1955) See more »

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Another Helen Mirren triumph
8 April 2006 | by wisewebwomanSee all my reviews

It's a shame the script and theme didn't quite do her justice. Kyra Sedgewick also gives her all and Kevin Bacon's directorial debut is great - he captures the atmosphere amazingly well and I was surprised to find on the credits that Lake Ontario and its shore stood in for Martha's Vineyard and the Atlantic.

I thought it a shame that a sexual component was introduced to the slow awakening of Chase (Helen) from her "nervous breakdown" - a condition brought on by her disillusion at living a life of pretense with her husband, a man who loves her and is ashamed and baffled by her slide into depression.

This awakening is brought on by Elizabeth (Kyra), the mother's helper employed for the summer. A deep friendship develops between Chase and Elizabeth. Some of the scenes are overblown - the sports car, the borrowed yacht, but some are also magical, the kites, the garden.

Very very slender movie and quite touching at the end.

6 out of 10.

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Release Date:

18 August 1996 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,176, 8 December 1996

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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