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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.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise and Kevin Spacey were considered for the role of Fielding Pierce. The role went to Billy Crudup. See more »

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During an argument in his new apartment, Fielding's (Billy Crudup) new girlfriend calls him "Billy". See more »

Quotes

Fielding Pierce: The thing about Harvard for somebody from the working class like us - we come from a working class background - is a terrible sense of isolation, of aloneness there.
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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 Vertigo (1958) See more »

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Sunset Serenade
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Genius Performance......
10 October 2002 | by rbrbSee all my reviews

Currently showing on cable this movie is sensational. A young want to be politician apparently loses the love of his life, and the film centres on that love and his grief. Rarely can such emotions have been more compellingly and brilliantly portrayed on film.It is thought provoking and often scary too. There is a superb screenplay and all the performers are excellent. Anyone who has every loved another will know that you see that love wherever you go; and the lead actor's portrayal of that emotion is at genius level.The most emotionally charged scene is at the restaurant of the election results are known, and I for one cannot recall any movie where a particular scene is so intensely sensitive or almost uncomfortably realistic.For quiet and justifiably restrained but wonderful adult entertainment, this is the best film I have seen in years. 10 out of 10.


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