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Waking the Dead (2000)

A congressional candidate questions his sanity after seeing the love of his life, presumed dead, suddenly emerge.

Director:

Keith Gordon

Writers:

Scott Spencer (novel), Robert Dillon (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Crudup ... Fielding Pierce
Bill Haugland Bill Haugland ... TV Newsman at Bombing
Nelson Landrieu Nelson Landrieu ... Francisco Higgens
Ivonne Coll ... Gisela Higgens
Jennifer Connelly ... Sarah Williams
Maxine Guess ... Danny's Receptionist
Paul Hipp ... Danny Pierce
Hal Holbrook ... Isaac Green
Lawrence Dane ... Governor Kinosis
Ed Harris ... Jerry Charmichael
Robert Harding Robert Harding ... TV Newsman #2
Janet McTeer ... Caroline Pierce
Molly Parker ... Juliet Beck
Larry Marshall ... Angelo Bertelli
Don Jordan ... Minister with Bertelli on TV
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Storyline

Fielding Pierce lives the life of an aspiring politician - in 1972 he's serving in the Coast Guard (trying to avoid Vietnam in the most honorable way), and by 1973 he has entered law school. Along the way he falls in love with Sarah, a fiercely idealistic woman who devotes her life to helping others - unfortunately she's killed in an explosion while assisting members of the Chilean resistance. Nine years later, in the middle of a congressional election, Fielding is suddenly flooded with thoughts and visions of his lost love. Written by ccampbell

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Sometimes love has a life of its own.


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Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 March 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amor Maior que a Vida See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$150,422, 26 March 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$327,418, 9 April 2000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Among those who auditioned for the role of Sarah Williams included Jessica Alba, Christina Applegate, Drew Barrymore, Neve Campbell, Cameron Diaz, Brittany Murphy, Christina Ricci, Winona Ryder, Tori Spelling, Britney Spears, Hilary Swank and Liv Tyler. The role eventually went to Jennifer Connelly. See more »

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23 January 1983, the election day, was on a Sunday. See more »

Quotes

Fielding Pierce: I am so sick of having to apologize for being an American.
Father Stephen Mileski: North American.
Fielding Pierce: Uh, God, I'm so sorry. Yes, North American. But I can't help noticing that when people run to freedom they tend to wash up on North American shores. This country is till the best that we've been able to do in the whole fucking history of the planet
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Alternate Versions

In the U.S. DVD release, the passionate sex scene between Fielding and Sarah is more graphic, and contains more nudity. See more »

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References Labyrinth (1986) See more »

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Help Me Somebody
Written and Performed by Brian Eno-David Byrne
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Moving film about first love and ambition
21 May 2007 | by Garbo9_99See all my reviews

What made this film so hauntingly beautiful was that fact that the ghost being chased wasn't just Sarah - it was who they both were in their youth, and the overwhelming emotion and honesty that is first love. Was Fielding really seeking Sarah or who he once was - what he once stood for when he loved her? Sometimes when we grow up we let our well-meant integrity, even our simplest dreams, die under the 'reality' of who we end up becoming. I thought this film did an excellent job at showing someone mourning his youth, his wild ideas - and his truest love. I thought Billy Crudup and Jennifer Connelly both did amazing jobs - the intensity of their performances is what really drove the story. Beautiful acting, beautiful movie.


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