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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.

Director:

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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A story about just how wrong two people can be before they can be right. See more »

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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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SDDS | Dolby SR | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Rose (Barbra Streisand) is putting things in Greg's (Jeff Bridges') house she puts up a picture of her parents. This picture is of Barbra Streisand's real father, and a picture of Lauren Bacall replaced Barbra's real mother. See more »

Goofs

When Greg arrives at "new" Rose's house. See more »

Quotes

Rose Morgan: I just can't eat a greasy cheesburger in the middle of the day anymore. Doesn't it bloat you?
Doris: Bloat me? No, it doesn't bloat me! Actually I thought it went real well with the spare ribs I had for breakfast.
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Connections

Referenced in My Own Private Oshawa (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Opus 18
Written by Sergei Rachmaninoff
Within the soundtrack of Brief Encounter (1945)
Courtesy of Rank Film Distributors, Ltd.
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Your Own Private Math Party
10 January 2008 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The Mirror Has Two Faces is one of those old fashioned romance stories, in which Barbra Streisand and Jeff Bridges prove that love can be had in middle age and romance might even be better at that point.

Both Streisand and Bridges are a pair of Columbia University professors, she of English, him of Mathematics. They've come to opposite conclusions about life and love. Barbra wants some love in her life, but Bridges having been burned a little too often in relationships is swearing off sex.

I like what director Streisand did with Bridges's character. I can identify with the students in his class, you spell it B-O-R-I-N-G. There are some people who are turned on by math, I'm not one of them. I sat through too many teachers who could not pique my interest in the slightest and many who were like Bridges as Barbra describes him, having his own math party at the blackboard. No one ever made it relevant for me in my academic career.

Barbra didn't do too bad with the rest of the cast which includes her mother Lauren Bacall, her sister Mimi Rogers, her wolfish brother-in-law Pierce Brosnan, best friend Brenda Vaccaro, and Bridges best friend George Segal who is a cheerful middle aged hedonist and loving every minute of it.

Lauren Bacall got her one Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress and I thought sure she would cap her career with that Oscar. She lost to Juliette Binoche for The English Patient. But Bacall is absolutely stunning as the mother who Barbra convinces that her life isn't over either.

For the acclaim it got, The Mirror Has Two Faces should have gotten a lot more, including a Best Director nomination for Barbra Streisand. And this review is dedicated to all of us who had to sit through a boring professor having his own private math party at the blackboard.


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