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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:

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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Did You Know?

Trivia

The game that Megan and Joe Dayton's son is playing right before Grace is introduced to the ex-priest is Crash Team Racing, a Playstation game. See more »

Goofs

Parking would not be as easy as shown or the streets that empty in Chicago. Traffic is very heavy especially during the day. See more »

Quotes

Joe Dayton: [sees Grace crying] Aw, Christ. Who died?
Megan Dayton: No one.
Grace Briggs: [sobbing] Bob's wife!
Joe Dayton: He's married?
Megan Dayton: Oh, God...
Joe Dayton: Rat bastard!
Tyler Dayton: Yeah, rat bastard!
Joe Dayton: Tyler, shh! You want me to go over there and handle this? You want me to handle that son of a bitch?
Megan Dayton: Joe, no, please don't. Joe...
Joe Dayton: I knew it! I knew it, that hairline...
[...]
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Connections

Referenced in Dinner for Five: Episode #4.5 (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Here I Am
Written by Charlie Midnight (as Charley Midnight), Marc Swersky and Joseph Gian (as Joey Gian)
Produced by Nicholas Pike, Bonnie Hunt and Joseph Gian (as Joey Gian)
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One of the best romantic comedies for all ages.
14 May 2001 | by snowhiteinforestSee all my reviews

Return to Me is a movie you will want to own. It is a story of inspiration and family love that appeals to all ages. The story, though seemingly impossible, aspires to divine intervention when a man looses his wife in a tragic accident and finds that love again in the woman who receives his wife's heart. David Duchovny and Minnie Driver give warm hearted performances as the designated to-be-lovers who meet by chance. But the real story lies in the friends and family around them who love and support them in times of trial. Carol O'Connor as Minnie Driver's grandfather, is authentic in every scene. Bonnie Hunt as the friend whose wit and encouragement underlines Minnie as a 'sister' is funny yet warm in the scenes especially with James Belushi as her husband. Classic scenes and writing makes this story so enjoyable and touching to watch over and over again. Thank you for making a movie that demonstrates families and friends as close knit caring people who love each other through difficult times.


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