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The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996)

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A shy, middle-aged professor enters into a romantic but non-physical relationship with an unlucky-in-love colleague.

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Barbra Streisand

Writers:

André Cayatte (screenplay "Le Miroir a Deux Faces"), Gérard Oury (screenplay "Le Miroir a Deux Faces") | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Barbra Streisand ... Rose Morgan
Jeff Bridges ... Gregory Larkin
Lauren Bacall ... Hannah Morgan
George Segal ... Henry Fine
Mimi Rogers ... Claire
Pierce Brosnan ... Alex
Brenda Vaccaro ... Doris
Austin Pendleton ... Barry
Elle Macpherson ... Candy
Ali Marsh ... First Girl Student
Leslie Stefanson ... Sara Myers
Taina Elg ... Female Professor
Lucy Avery Brooke Lucy Avery Brooke ... Felicia (as Lucy Avery Brooks)
Amber Smith ... Felicia - Video
David Kinzie David Kinzie ... Claire's Masseur
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Storyline

Rose and Gregory, both Columbia University professors meet when Rose's sister answers Gregory's "personals" ad. Several times burned, the handsome-but-boring Gregory believes that sex has ruined his life, and has deliberately set out to find and marry a woman with absolutely no sex appeal. Greg thinks he's found what he's looking for in Rose, a plain, plump English Lit professor who can't compete with her gorgeous mother and sister. More out of mutual admiration and respect than love, Greg and Rose marry. Greg assumes that Rose understands that he is not interested in a sexual relationship. He's mistaken, and their marriage is nearly destroyed when Rose tries to consummate their relationship. While Gregory is out of the country on a lecture tour, Rose diets and exercises to transform herself into a sexy siren in a last-ditch attempt to save her marriage. Written by Anthony Bruce Gilpin <agilpin@pacbell.net>

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There are two things a woman knows: what she's looking for and what she'll settle for. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language, sensuality and some mature thematic material | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 November 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El espejo tiene dos caras See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$42,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,210,868, 17 November 1996, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$41,252,428, 2 March 1997

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$73,052,428, 31 December 1997
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Runtime:

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SDDS | Dolby SR | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

On-location filming at Columbia University caused a campus-wide blackout one day. See more »

Goofs

Camera operator visible when Rose rejects Alex. See more »

Quotes

Claire: [to Rose about Alex] ... I'm in the middle of one of my lesbian orgy dreams and he's staring at me like I'm suppose to include him. I can't even fantasize in private.
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Good exercise of star's prerogative
6 April 2004 | by VirginiaK_NYCSee all my reviews

I think I put this on my Netflix list because I was in a Jeff Bridges mood - anyhow it arrived in the mail and I was happy to watch it. My main reaction: this is a great illustration of how much fun it must be to be able to make yourself just the movie you want to.

In this movie, Barbra Streisand is able to do the following: be a super-smart but plain-looking woman professor who is loved by her students; as this character, and against her expectations, get herself a man who's both hunky and brilliant (Jeff Bridges); go through an ugly duckling-swan transformation; and have Lauren Bacall for her mother (though the mother is pretty toxic until fairly far along).

Pretty satisfying if you're looking for a feel-good story with a bit of a feminist spin. I wish however that someone had asked me for my opinion about the makeover, the body and dress were fine (from shapeless to fit & foxy), but oh, that hair!!! Why not really splashy blonde, or leave it alone, instead of that too-silvery highlighted frizz? And why no red lipstick? Lauren Bacall was right, she needed more color.

The bit of psychologizing between Barbra & Mom was effective as far as I was concerned, and I like seeing the potential it released in our Barbra. Overall - a B+ chickflick, a good resource if you can't watch any more Hugh Grant or Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan stories & need a nice sniffle.


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