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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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Taglines:

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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Sound Mix:

SDDS | Dolby SR | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film cast includes two Oscar winners: Jeff Bridges and Barbra Streisand; and three Oscar nominees: Lauren Bacall, Brenda Vaccaro, and George Segal. See more »

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When Candice leaves Gregory, she slings her bag over her shoulder and her right hand is alternately on/off the strap in subsequent shots. See more »

Quotes

Rose Morgan: By the way, would telling you now that I want sex tonight be enough of a warning?
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Nessun Dorma
(from the Opera Turandot)
Composed by Giacomo Puccini, Giuseppe Adami (as Guiseppe Adami) & Renato Simoni
Performed by Luciano Pavarotti with London Philharmonic Orchestra (as The London Philharmonic Orchestra)
Conducted by Zubin Mehta
Courtesy of The Decca Record Company Limited/London Records
By Arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Licensing
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I can tell you: Wonderful! On the other hand...
29 December 1998 | by DomiMMHSSee all my reviews

The mirror has two faces: Barbra Streisand and ... surprise! ... Barbra Streisand! More explicit: the funny Barbra Streisand and the divine Barbra Streisand. Well, this miraculous metamorphosis is of course kind of disgusting and I wouldn't be the first person to argue that Barbra Streisand has a tendency to fancy herself pretty much (and I myself was already able to tell so from the unnecessarily long ending of "The Prince of Tides" - a very good movie). But as annoying as it may sometimes be, this is an extremely well-done and multi-faceted movie. Let me try to tell you, why I voted "7".

It starts rather mediocre when Streisand and Jeff Bridges get to know each other, talk some silly stuff and behave like little children. From time to time it gives a number of very good lines to Lauren Bacall, who is perfect as Streisand's mother. By the time Streisand and Bridges get married you are tempted to say: "Yes, very nice, but it's crap actually, isn't it?" But you won't think of saying that in the end.

The movie is a romantic comedy - containing a couple of cliches, fine - but with a new, non-cliche structure. This is no kitsch, not at all, oh no! Instead, it's made up of very good lines and very truthful moments. These are connected in a way that makes our emotion rise but leaves us unable to tell which words, which gestures made it rise. How come? The romance doesn't develop in the way we would expect it and have seen it many times before, no, this romantic comedy goes the long way round: First there is only a small deal of attraction, then there is previously unknown disillusionment - a black hole almost - and then love enters the stage. The final romantic scene fits into romantic comedy conventions, but it also fits into the picture and Streisand and Bridges deserve it. What a wonderful movie!

Basically Barbra Streisand is a good actress, but she loves exaggerating. She is able to manage difficult scenes, but she tries to be funny where being funny can't work and sometimes she's just hopping through the scene like a twittering sparrow instead of performing the emotions required for that scene. And after her metamorphosis she's more interested in her make-up than in her character.

Lauren Bacall plays a mean, self-addicted and vain old beast with a heart and a vulnerable soul. The scene where mother and daughter talk openly in the kitchen is wonderful. Even Pierce Brosnan is better than I would have expected.

Finally, the movie shows us the great versatility of Jeff Bridges: you've never seen him so very soft before (rude as he was in "The Fabulous Baker Boys", cool in "Nadine" or smooth and evil in "Jagged Edge"). However, he is exaggerating, too: which man can act this untruthful and affected?! In the scenes from Streisand's and his marriage his character is almost eerie - may this be good or bad for the movie...


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