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Random Hearts (1999)

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A police sergeant and a congresswoman both lose their spouses in a plane crash, and they soon discover that their spouses were having an affair with each other.

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Sydney Pollack

Writers:

Warren Adler (novel), Darryl Ponicsan (adaptation) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Harrison Ford ... Dutch Van Den Broeck
Kristin Scott Thomas ... Kay Chandler
Charles S. Dutton ... Alcee
Bonnie Hunt ... Wendy Judd
Dennis Haysbert ... Detective George Beaufort
Sydney Pollack ... Carl Broman
Richard Jenkins ... Truman Trainor
Paul Guilfoyle ... Dick Montoya
Susanna Thompson ... Peyton Van Den Broeck
Peter Coyote ... Cullen Chandler
Dylan Baker ... Richard Judd
Lynne Thigpen ... Phyllis Bonaparte
Susan Floyd ... Molly Roll
Bill Cobbs ... Marvin
Kate Mara ... Jessica Chandler
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Storyline

After the death of their loved ones in a tragic plane crash Harrison Ford and Kristin Scott Thomas find keys in their loved ones' possessions and realize that they were having an affair and must figure out all the details. Written by Andy Heitz

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He'll stop at nothing to find the truth. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Mystery | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 October 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ahava Mikreat See more »

Filming Locations:

Baltimore, Maryland, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$64,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,012,585, 10 October 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$31,054,924, 21 November 1999

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$74,160,911
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The names of the main characters in the novel on which "Random Hearts" is based are Edward and Vivien. This was likely changed for the film as Edward and Vivien are well known as the names of the main characters in "Pretty Woman". See more »

Goofs

Dutch and Kay exit the airport, presumably either Reagan National or Dulles, upon their return from Miami. Dutch says something like, "I live in Northwest," referring to NW Washington DC. The Lincoln Memorial is behind them as they drive across Memorial Bridge, which means they are going into Virginia and away from DC, which is the wrong way. See more »

Quotes

Kay Chandler: Do you know what happens when a member of Congress accuses you of harassment?
Dutch Van Den Broeck: We'd get our names in the newspapers?
Kay Chandler: That's close to blackmail!
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References Jeopardy! (1984) See more »

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Feliz
Written by Gregory Alper
Performed by The Alper Quartet
Courtesy of Magnum Opus Records
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dull, dreary romantic tale
5 March 2000 | by Buddy-51See all my reviews

Has there ever been a more dour, dreary and depressing movie romance than "Random Hearts," a film that drones on for 131 grueling minutes and traps two wonderful actors, Harrison Ford and Kristin Scott Thomas, in its diabolical clutches?

Ford is a police sergeant working in internal affairs and Thomas is a New Hampshire congresswoman whose paths cross when their spouses, who are having a secret affair with each other, die in a plane crash. Drawn together by both circumstance and grief, the two begin a tentative love affair despite the many complications it sets up.

The actors do their best given the stark limitations of portraying two people overcome with despair, but the audience is nevertheless subjected to more than two hours of unrelieved gloominess. In a sense, it is a bit of a relief to see a romantic film that is not all lightheartedness and carefree silliness, but a subject as profound as the study of grief and loss on the human psyche demands a less conventional, more imaginative and serious a format than this film provides. (The brilliant film, "Fearless," from 1993 is a startling case in point). The actions of the characters often ring false as when, for instance, the two grieving spouses, sitting in a car, suddenly begin grappling in a wild sexual frenzy, a moment that elicits giggles from the audience because it is so lacking in motivation and preparation. Moreover, the film pads out its narrative by constantly cutting away to an irrelevant and wholly underdeveloped subplot involving Ford's pursuit of a murderous cop - a sideshow that results in a completely ludicrous shooting scene that undercuts the seriousness of the film's purpose.

"Random Hearts" is an obvious and, perhaps, even admirable attempt to bring a more mature, adult-oriented love story to the screen. It's a shame, then, that all involved seem to have confused dreariness with profundity and gloominess with depth.


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