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Return to Me (2000)

A man who falls in love with the woman who received his wife's heart must decide which woman it is who holds his heart.

Director:

Bonnie Hunt

Writers:

Bonnie Hunt (story), Don Lake (story) | 4 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Duchovny ... Bob Rueland
Minnie Driver ... Grace Briggs
Carroll O'Connor ... Marty O'Reilly
Robert Loggia ... Angelo Pardipillo
Bonnie Hunt ... Megan Dayton
David Alan Grier ... Charlie Johnson
Joely Richardson ... Elizabeth Rueland
Eddie Jones ... Emmett McFadden
Jim Belushi ... Joe Dayton (as James Belushi)
Marianne Muellerleile ... Sophie
William Bronder William Bronder ... Wally Jatczak
Brian Howe ... Mike
Chris Barnes ... Jeff
Adam Tanguay ... Adam Dayton
Karson Pound Karson Pound ... Karson Dayton
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Storyline

The film opens with a loving husband and wife preparing for a very important fund raising dinner. The evening ends with the loss of the wife. In a hospital a weak young woman who may die soon if she can not get a new heart. Jump ahead one year the young woman received a heart and is trying to adjust to a life no longer counted by hours or days, she can actually make plans. The grieving husband and his dog are still trying to adjust to life without his wife. His friends keep trying to pry him from his "work is my life" existence by setting him up on blinds dates. Finally he actually shows up for one at an Irish-Italian restaurant where he finds himself more attracted to the waitress than his blind date. He finds an excuse to return to the restaurant in hopes of seeing the waitress again, there's just something attractive about her. Unknown to both the attraction they both feel for one another is Grace has the heart of Bob's dead wife. What can you say after that! Carroll O'Connor says ... Written by Gremma

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A comedy straight from the heart. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language and thematic elements | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

7 April 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Distance Calls See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$24,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,820,836, 9 April 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$32,662,299, 17 September 2000
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Carroll O'Connor's last film. See more »

Goofs

When Elizabeth comes home in the beginning of movie, Bob had thrown the towel on top of the coat rack. When she walks in and greets Mel, the dog, the towel is on the floor, in the next shot it is back on top of the coat rack. See more »

Quotes

Bob Rueland: [covering flowers in the backyard with Grace] All of these plants in the middle of the city, it's like
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Bob Rueland: a garden.
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Featured in The Nostalgia Chick: Return to Me (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Danny Boy
Traditional
Music by Rory Dall O'Cahan (uncredited)
Lyrics by Frederick Edward Weatherly (uncredited)
Performed by the Rudy Gabor Strolling Strings
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Delightfully entertaining
29 March 2000 | by cheermom140See all my reviews

My two daughters (ages 11 and 13) and I were lucky enough to see a screening of this movie last night. We were all pleasantly surprised to see how entertaining and funny this movie was. David Duchovny was very appealing as the male lead and Minnie Driver gave her usually competent performance. Some of the scenes are laugh out loud funny - especially one scene Minnie Driver has with a fellow "transplant" donee. I liked the fact that it was a movie that I could watch with my children and I wasn't embarrassed by any scene whatsoever. Everyone in the movie theater was laughing and enjoying themselves. Thumbs up Bonnie Hunt!


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