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Mrs. Winterbourne (1996)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 19 April 1996 (USA)
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Connie Doyle is eighteen and pregnant when her boyfriend kicks her out. She accidentally ends up on a train where she meets Hugh Winterbourne and his wife Patricia who is pregnant. The ... See full summary »

Director:

Richard Benjamin

Writers:

Cornell Woolrich (novel), Phoef Sutton (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shirley MacLaine ... Grace Winterbourne
Ricki Lake ... Connie Doyle
Brendan Fraser ... Bill / Hugh Winterbourne
Miguel Sandoval ... Paco
Loren Dean ... Steve DeCunzo
Peter Gerety ... Father Brian Kilraine
Jane Krakowski ... Christine
Debra Monk ... Lieutenant Ambrose
Cathryn de Prume ... Renee
Kate Hennig Kate Hennig ... Sophie
Susan Haskell ... Patricia Winterbourne
Justin Van Lieshout Justin Van Lieshout ... Baby Hughie
Alec Thomlison Alec Thomlison ... Baby Hughie
Jennifer Irwin ... Susan
Victor A. Young ... Dr. Hopley (as Victor Young)
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Storyline

Connie Doyle is eighteen and pregnant when her boyfriend kicks her out. She accidentally ends up on a train where she meets Hugh Winterbourne and his wife Patricia who is pregnant. The train wrecks and she wakes up in the hospital to find out that it's been assumed that she's Patricia. Hugh's mother takes her in and she falls in love with Hugh's brother Bill. Just when she thinks everything is going her way, her ex-boyfriend shows up. Written by Shannon Andrews <Shannon.B.Andrews@m.cc.utah.edu>

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A romantic comedy of mistaken identity and unexpected love . . . [Video] See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 April 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Afragi kai... egyos See more »

Filming Locations:

Beverly, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$10,070,000, 14 July 1996
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Sound Mix:

SDDS | Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Based on a book "I Married a Dead Man" See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Bill goes into Connie's room to find her packing, he buttons his blazer before sitting down to make a pro/con list. Later, while still making the list, his blazer is unbuttoned. (1 hour, 4 minutes into the movie) See more »

Quotes

Connie: Oh, Mother Winterbourne. Come in.
Grace Winterbourne: Mother Winterbourne! That's what I called my mother-in-law because she seemed so cold and distant.
Connie: Oh. What did you end up calling her?
Grace Winterbourne: Mother Winterbourne. She was cold and distant.
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Version of Kati Patang (1980) See more »

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On The Sunny Side Of The Street
Written by Dorothy Fields and Jimmy McHugh
Arranged by Larry Grossman
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Fraser and MacLaine make 'Mrs. Winterbourne' watchable.
8 January 2004 | by cascade_iceSee all my reviews

'Mrs. Winterbourne' is a highly improbable take on the Cinderella "rags to riches" story about 18 year-old Connie Doyle (Ricki Lake), who finds herself enceinte, unmarried, and homeless. Her criminal rat of a boyfriend, Steve DeCunzo (Loren Dean), wants nothing to do with her or the baby. But fate has a better future in store for Connie, and the heavily pregnant girl finds herself, almost miraculously, on a train bound for Boston from New York. There she shares a compartment with a young married couple, Hugh and Patricia Winterbourne (Susan Haskell and Brendan Fraser), who are also expecting a little bundle of joy. But one little innocent action, followed by one horrifying accident, lands Connie in the hospital, mistaken for Patricia Winterbourne. She and her baby, who survived, are both whisked off to the massive Winterbourne estate in Boston. Connie decides to carry on the charade (it's almost ironic that her her name is Connie, since she's "conning" everyone) even after coming face to face with her coddling "mother-in-law" (Shirley MacLaine) and Hugh's twin brother, the cold and unfriendly Bill Winterbourne (also Brendan Fraser).

For a fluff film like this, the cast is surprisingly good. Loren Dean is convincing enough and makes you want to jump into your TV and strangle the jerk. The Winterbourne butler, Paco (Miguel Sandoval), is a delight to watch, especially when he's drunk. But Fraser and MacLaine really make the film worthwhile to see. Why either talented actor would want to participate in a film like this is a mystery to me, but maybe it's for the best. Fraser especially plays twins very well, and his transition from part antagonist to full protagonist is believable. But I have a difficult time understanding why Ricki Lake was cast as Connie. She has a tendency to overact in many scenes, she doesn't make a convincing 18 year-old at all (she was 28 when cast), and her transition from sharp-tongued teenager to polite young socialite bride-to-be is too fast and unbelievable.

Overall, 'Mrs. Winterbourne' is a good film for a boring Friday night. This is definitely a chick flick. It's heartwarming and the cast is a joy to watch. Just don't expect anymore than that.


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