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Losing Chase (1996)

Chase (Mirren), a lifetime resident of Martha's Vineyard, married Richard (Bridges), and like the area, grew into the Upper-Middle-Class. Her distaste for artificiality leads her to a wild ... See full summary »

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Cast

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
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Storyline

Chase (Mirren), a lifetime resident of Martha's Vineyard, married Richard (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 (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>

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Taglines:

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

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brief language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 August 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Losing Chase See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,176, 8 December 1996, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$31,176, 8 December 1996
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Producing debut of Kyra Sedgwick. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Connections

References Captain Kangaroo (1955) See more »

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Very well acted and directed
16 August 2011 | by runamokprodsSee all my reviews

While the first half feels predictable and very TV movie, the performances are good enough (especially Helen Mirren) to keep it going.

And in the second half, this tale of a collage student mother's helper hired to help a woman in an angry depression after suffering a nervous breakdown gets more complex and unpredictable.

The relationship between the two women, and they way their damaged souls play off each other is quite moving and grown up.

Strong subtle direction by Kevin Bacon.

Does take a hit for over the top performances from the kids, and other key small roles, all playing types, not human beings.


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