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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.


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

Gross USA:

$270,745

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$270,745
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

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 »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Sarah Williams: You, um, still haven't told ,e how you got the idea you wanted to be a senator.
Fielding Pierce: That's not actually what I want. I want to be the President.
[Sarah smiles]
Fielding Pierce: Why are you smiling?
Sarah Williams: Because you mean it.
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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 »

Connections

References Obsession (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Help Me Somebody
Written and Performed by Brian Eno-David Byrne
Courtesy of Sire Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
Courtesy of Virgin Records, Ltd.
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I will keep this review short
15 January 2008 | by necron99See all my reviews

This is one of those films that you watch and contemplate later in your life. As far as losing someone you love, and how that effects every major decision you will ever make for the rest of your life, this film is the most realistic portrayal I have ever seen. Billy Crudup was meant to play Fielding in this movie. This movie is haunting and is just one of those little movies that falls through the cracks but is never forgotten. A stunning movie directing by none other than the director of A Midnight Clear, another terrific film. If you are reading this you should seek out this movie or just buy it online. I give Waking the Dead 9/10.


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