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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

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Taglines:

For the strength to be strong; for the will to carry on; for everything you do; for everything that's true; I turn to you. 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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Trivia

The logo for the Regional Organ Bank of Illinois (ROBI) can be seen on the envelope containing the anonymous donor letter, which Grace discovers in Bob's house. ROBI (now called Gift of Hope Organ and Tissue Donor Network) coordinates the donation of organs in the Illinois where the movie takes place, including correspondence between donor families and recipients. See more »

Goofs

When Bob and Grace kiss at the bowling alley, their noses switch sides between shots. See more »

Quotes

Megan Dayton: Grace has Bob's dead wife's heart!
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Connections

References Citizen Kane (1941) 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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Still love this movie
26 November 2005 | by fransegSee all my reviews

I watched this movie again yesterday with a 20-year-old intern from my office (OK - it was the quiet day after Thanksgiving) and we both loved it. I love the unique plot, David Duchovny, David Allen Greer, and the way the dog keeps waiting at the door. Isn't part of each of us just like that dog after someone we love dies?

I also love the old folks at the restaurant - they remind me of some of the older people around Southern New England, where your ethnic group is a very important topic of discussion. And I love the wedding at the end.

Minnie Driver is great in this movie - and Bonnie Hunt should have won an award for everything.

Bonnie - make more movies!


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