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Heart (1999)

A woman, plastered in blood, is arrested by a grave, and a tale of loss, lust and jealousy slowly unfolds.

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Charles McDougall

Writer:

Jimmy McGovern
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Saskia Reeves ... Maria Ann McCardle
Christopher Eccleston ... Gary Ellis
Kate Hardie ... Tess Ellis
Rhys Ifans ... Alex Madden
Anna Chancellor ... Nicola Farmer
Matthew Rhys ... Sean McCardle
Jack Deam ... Policeman
Kate Rutter Kate Rutter ... Sister Mary
Nicholas Moss Nicholas Moss ... Doctor
Bill Paterson ... Mr. Kreitman
Paul Warriner Paul Warriner ... Surgeon
Maxine Burth Maxine Burth ... Anaesthetist
David Williamson David Williamson ... Profusionist
Alan Eccleston Alan Eccleston ... Alan Ellis
Alison Swann Alison Swann ... Kathy
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Storyline

Gary (Eccleston) is wheelchair bound and awaiting a heart transplant. When a young man, Sean, is killed in a motorbike accident, Gary receives his heart. Maria (Reeves), Sean's mother, tracks down the man with her son's heart and gets to know him and his wife, Tess (Hardie). Maria's obsession with the only piece of her son still living is the centre-piece to this unique psychological thriller. Written by Jimbo <mcgyver@cybergal.com>

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Life and death are just a pulse apart. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for violence, sexuality and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 June 1999 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Mort clinique See more »

Filming Locations:

Merseyside, England, UK See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The script of this movie is loosely based on an episode of the British TV series Cracker (1993) that was never produced. See more »

Quotes

Maria Ann McCardle: And there was a woman called Nicola Farmer. She liked cocaine.
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Fade Into You
Written by Hope Sandoval, David Roback
Performed by Mazzy Star
Capitol Records Inc.
Courtesy of EMI Records UK
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A Frightening Thriller About Obsession
25 April 2004 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In England, Gary Ellis (Christopher Exxleston) is a very insecure and jealous pilot, who owns an airplane. He loves his wife Tess Ellis (Kate Hardie), but maybe because of his physical condition, she cheats him with the writer and her colleague Alex Madden (Rhys Ifans). One day, after his wife has had sex with Alex, Gary has a heart attack. Meanwhile, a seventeen years old man has a fatal accident with his motorcycle, and Gary receives his heart, through a successful operation. Gary decides to look for the donator's mother, Maria Ann McCardle (Saskia Reeves), a very religious woman and she becomes obsessed for Gary. The explosive combination of jealousy, affair and obsession leads the quartet to a tragic end. This movie is a really frightening thriller about obsession. The screenplay is very tight, the direction is very sharp, the atmosphere is scary and the four lead actors and actresses have really a great performance. It works perfectly on DVD. My vote is eight.

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