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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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Trivia

O'Reilly's Restaurant, where so much of the central action takes place, is actually a Chicago landmark eatery known as the "Twin Anchors". See more »

Goofs

When Grace mails off the thank you letter at the Zoo, we see a close-up of the front of the envelope, and in large, capital letters we see R.O.B.I. Towards the end of the movie, when Grace finds her letter on Rob's desk, the letters are NOT capitalized, and MUCH smaller, with no periods: robi. See more »

Quotes

Marty O'Reilly: [spoken to Bob to make him understand how much Bob meant to Grace] I know that what's happened has been overwhelming. And I know it's going to take a while to sort it all out. But while you're sorting, I want you to remember that all the times I prayed that Gracie would have a second chance at life, I always knew that if God blessed us, the heart she got would have to be from a very special person, if it were going to be at home in Grace. When she met you, her heart beat truly for the first time...
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References Citizen Kane (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

When Irish Eyes Are Smiling
Music by Ernest Ball (uncredited)
Lyrics by George Graff (uncredited) and Chauncey Olcott (uncredited)
Performed by the Rudy Gabor Strolling Strings
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Beyond Wonderful
24 October 2004 | by thediva59See all my reviews

I just watched this move for the 5th or 6th time and am still in love with it. It still makes me cry and sing and worry and celebrate.

I almost wrote Bonnie Hunt a letter to tell her how much I love it. David Duchovny's grief scene is so flippin real!!! Minnie Driver is so natural and honest. My favorite line is when Duchovny says "I miss Elizabeth but I ache for Grace". Oh man! I'm crying just thinking about it. ALSO... Bonnie Hunt and Jim Belushi are sooooooooooooo the perfect Chicago area couple!! I know them I swear! I'm related to them I'm sure.

This movie is in my three times a year rotation!!! I'd watch it once a week but I'm afraid I'd get too used to it!!! I always want to make it a special day when I watch it!!


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