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Loved (1997)

PG-13 | | Drama, Thriller | 31 October 1997 (Italy)
After a husband is accused of driving his third wife to suicide, his first wife Hedda, a troubled woman who can't hate or hurt others even if they had wronged her, is subpoenaed to testify on his abusive behavior during their marriage.

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Erin Dignam

Writer:

Erin Dignam
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Hurt ... K.D. Dietrickson
Sean Penn ... Man on the Hill (Michael)
Evelyn Dignam Evelyn Dignam ... Labrador Walker
Anthony Lucero ... Defendant
Jennifer Watson-Johnston Jennifer Watson-Johnston ... Diana Raines
Natsuko Ohama Natsuko Ohama ... Harriet
Richard Schiff ... District Attorney Steve Waters
Mark Bryman Mark Bryman ... Young Attorney #1
Gary Latourette Gary Latourette ... Young Attorney #2
Catherine Wong Catherine Wong ... Female Judge
Jennifer Rubin ... Debra Gill
Gregg Artz Gregg Artz ... Will
Robin Wright ... Hedda Amerson (as Robin Wright Penn)
Paul Dooley ... Leo Amerson
Amy Madigan ... Brett Amerson
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After a husband is accused of driving his third wife to suicide, his first wife Hedda, a troubled woman who can't hate or hurt others even if they had wronged her, is subpoenaed to testify on his abusive behavior during their marriage.

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Rated PG-13 for intense thematic elements, brief disturbing images, language and nudity | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 1997 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

A Amada See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Color
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Robin Wright and Erin Dignam have been friends for a long time. Dignam wrote the lead part of Hedda specifically for Wright. See more »

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Man on the Hill: There are also boundaries - that's part of it - it's not just this magnetic field, it's the initial response to the magnetic field that makes us build these fences. These fences, it's the way that we build everything -to protect ourselves so that we are just looking at each other across these acceptable distances. And we drew the line so we separated out. That is not our purpose. We are at odds. We are at odds right? So there isn't any real help. There really isn't any real help.
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Referenced in Love & Sex (2000) See more »

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Along with "Kissed" "Loved" is the other sleeper of 1997.
17 April 2000 | by heedonSee all my reviews

If "Titanic" is what moves you, then skip "Loved." If you prefer slow-paced, thoughtful drama without special effects, noise or guns, where you have to put a lot of pieces together yourself, this is your movie. I don't believe that a movie is to be seen, half-digested and compartmentalized after one viewing, certainly not if it has any of the elements of subtle poignancy that this movie has. And because they are so good, I want more from writer-director, Erin Dignam and the lead actors, William Hurt and Robin Wright. I like looking at William Hurt and at Robin Wright even when they say nothing, when they struggle to find the right words. They can take all the time in the world, they are so impressive in their thoughtful solitude. Speak of a mismatched pair: a tall, dowdy lawyer of scholarly mien and a beautiful waif of athletic prowess. In this movie there is a chance to see if opposites attract after all. William Hurt and Robin Wright deliver flawless acting. He is a California prosecutor taking on a battered woman case, and Wright is the more than willing victim, the reluctant witness that has to be subpoenaed to testify. Imagine a sunny, naive, diffident, young California woman moving to New York City to get away from a first teen-age entanglement that leaves her damaged physically and emotionally. That's Wright character, Hedda. A one-time Olympic swimming contender, she returns to California for the prosecution of her former abusive boy-friend, who is wont to repeat his aggressive behaviour with others. Hurt is recruited to prosecute this difficult case, to end, or at least, to put a dent in this man's damage. If there are flaws in the film, they lie in no information being given about Wright's life in New York, and what it is that has hurt the prosecutor's past life and career. He seems to have lost his way but we don't know why. There is only so much reading between the lines one can do though it could be me that doesn't read well. Wright's character may be too naive to be believable, but on the other hand, it is called the battered spouse "syndrome." In the loose ends and in the space between thelines lie the beauty of this movie. Something unsaid may be happening between the prosecutor (Hurt) and his witness (Wright). Two lovable, damaged people may or may not be inching, reaching out to each other. Two near-fully realized characters are presented to us to make of them what we will because the writer-director won't give the store away. I prefer it that way. "Loved" is a compelling theatre piece, perhaps in the vein of an "Oleanna." In "Loved" the dark courtoom scenes are set within those of a bright, sunshiny Santa Monica and Redondo Beach. You may feel like walking around Santa Monica after when the movie ends. I do. Adventure seekers, romance novel readers and fans of "Godfather 15; 16; 17," ad nauseum, need not apply.


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