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It All Came True (1998)

Curtain Call (original title)
PG-13 | | Comedy, Fantasy | 30 April 1999 (Italy)
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A bachelor afraid of marriage angers his long-time girlfriend by buying a splendid townhouse just for himself, only to find it haunted by the ghosts of a famous theatrical couple, who teach... See full summary »


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Andrew S. Karsch (story) (as Andrew Karsch), Todd Alcott



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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Spader ... Stevenson Lowe
Polly Walker ... Julia
Michael Caine ... Max Gale
Maggie Smith ... Lily Marlowe
Buck Henry ... Charles Van Allsburg
Sam Shepard ... Will Dodge
Frank Whaley ... Brett Conway
Marcia Gay Harden ... Michelle Tippet
Frances Sternhagen ... Amy
Peter Maloney ... Maurice
Nicky Silver Nicky Silver ... Lee
Phyllis Somerville ... Gladys
Julianne Nicholson ... Sandra Hewson
Susan Berman Susan Berman ... Miriam
Todd Alcott ... Larry


A bachelor afraid of marriage angers his long-time girlfriend by buying a splendid townhouse just for himself, only to find it haunted by the ghosts of a famous theatrical couple, who teach him about love and commitment. Written by Amanda Lowe <daro@meditnet.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


A spirited romance.


Comedy | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »





English | German

Release Date:

30 April 1999 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

It All Came True See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Longfellow Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs



Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Filmed for theaters, it made its U.S. debut on the Starz network. See more »


Max Gale: Uggamus iggamas, man is polygamist. Uggamus oggamas, woman monogamist.
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Crazy Credits

During final credits, there is a cameo of celebrated american novelist Paul Auster. See more »


References The Sheik (1921) See more »


Rockin' In Rhythm
Written by Duke Ellington, Irving Mills & Harry Carney
Produced & Arranged by Sidney Ganes
Courtesy of EMI Mills Music, Inc & Famous Music
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No amount of classy actors could have made this interesting or entertaining
19 March 2002 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Stevenson is a young publishing executive. He buys a house with his girlfriend despite he non-committal nature of their relationship. His problems are made worst by the discovery of two bickering ghost sharing his house. However when his girlfriend leaves him, they help him win her back and teach him about lasting love.

This wants to be a romantic comedy about eternal love. However it fails in two areas – romance and comedy. The story is very simple – man loses girl, man meets ghosts, ghosts help win back girl. However it feels so heavy you'd think you're watching War & Peace. This effect isn't helped by the total lack of laughs in this `comedy'. Few if any of the lines are funny (mainly because they totally lack any sort of charm or wit) but what makes it worse is that the actors are playing to the laughs! There are plenty of scenes where gaps seem to have been left in dialogue or in routines to allow the audience to finish rolling in the aisles. These may only be a split second long, but in the absence of laughter they feel longer.

I watched this with another Caine comedy – `Without a Clue'. That was average as well but his performance really lifted it. Here he can't do the same – his character is charmless and occasionally resorts to mugging to get by (witness his dancing after returning from Rio). Similarly Maggie Smith has nothing to do and feels too snobbish to be likeable. The relationship between the two is also dry and it's unfortunate that their `eternal' relationship is supposed to be the model for true love. Spader, who can do good given the chance, seems totally out of his depth with his two classy co-stars. He resorts to doing some sort of sub-par Hugh Grant impersonation – full of stuttering and blinking when under pressure, except he can't make it seem charming in the same way that Grant can (when he's on form) and his character quickly becomes shallow and uninteresting.

The film collapses to a happy ending at a new years party – but by then any interest I had in the characters had evaporated. The film is only about 90 minutes long – but it felt like 3 hours, every scene felt dull and dragged out.

Overall, even with Caine, Smith and Sam Shepherd filling out an impressive cast list – this totally fails to impress. It's not that it's the worst film ever made – but it's an average story, with average characters, average performances and comedy that totally misses the mark. The end result? A dull, unfunny film that is impossible to care about or enjoy.

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