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Runaway Bride (1999)

PG | | Comedy, Romance | 30 July 1999 (USA)
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A reporter is assigned to write a story about a woman who has left a string of fiances at the altar.

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Garry Marshall
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julia Roberts ... Maggie Carpenter
Richard Gere ... Ike Graham
Joan Cusack ... Peggy Flemming
Hector Elizondo ... Fisher
Rita Wilson ... Ellie Graham
Paul Dooley ... Walter Carpenter
Christopher Meloni ... Coach Bob Kelly
Donal Logue ... Priest Brian Norris
Reg Rogers ... George 'Bug Guy' Swilling
Yul Vazquez ... Dead Head Gill Chavez
Jane Morris ... Mrs. Pressman
Lisa Roberts Gillan ... Elaine from Manhattan
Kathleen Marshall ... Cousin Cindy
Jean Schertler ... Grandma
Tom Hines ... Cory Flemming
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Storyline

Ike Graham has his own by-lined column in USA Today, which he usually uses as a forum to rail against the opposite sex. For his latest column which he writes at the last minute as usual, he, based on some information from a stranger in a bar about a woman he knows of back home, includes the story of still single Hale, Maryland residing Maggie Carpenter, who is known as the "Runaway Bride" since she has been engaged multiple times, but always leaves her betrothed standing at the altar. Because an incensed Maggie complains to the newspaper for factual inaccuracies in her story, Ike is fired, but he realizes that the story still has some life in it and thus decides to go to Hale to do further investigation. He finds that Maggie is again engaged, now for the fourth time, this time to high school football coach and adventurist Bob Kelly, who is confident enough in himself to know he will be different than the previous three grooms. When Maggie finds out that her arch enemy Ike is in town, ... Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language and some suggestive dialogue | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 July 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Novia fugitiva See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$35,055,556, 1 August 1999

Gross USA:

$152,257,509

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$309,460,292
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Production descended upon the small town of Berlin, Md., turning it into the fictional and quirky Hale, Md. for the movie, and put close to $1 million into the local economy, upped the real estate market and almost doubling tourism after the film's release. "I have been totally amazed," Berlin's then Chamber president told The Baltimore Sun of the impact the movie had on the town of just 3,000 people. "The movie was the Midas touch that introduced our town to a lot of people. It put us on the map." Once named "America's Coolest Small Town" by Budget Travel, hosting the Roberts-Gere vehicle is still a point of pride for Berlin. See more »

Goofs

During one of Maggie's wedding videos that Ike is watching, we see Maggie running away from the altar with the ring bearer (a young boy) being dragged behind her by holding onto the train of her wedding gown. The video he watches has points of view that would suggest at times the bride is holding the video camera and pointing at the boy being dragged, and it shows another point of view as if the little boy is holding the video camera and videotaping the bride running out of the church. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Pressmann: I'm thinking of changing back to my maiden name.
Walter Carpenter: Can you still remember it?
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Crazy Credits

After all of the credits have run, Richard Gere and Julia Roberts are seen throwing snowballs. See more »

Alternate Versions

The titles are reformatted for the VHS version because the print was changed from a widescreen print to a standard one. the titles, which originally ran across the entire bottom of the screen in one line are now in the center of the screen in two lines, which somewhat ruins the cinematography of the opening shots because it is now the center of attention as opposed to the background. See more »

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Ripple
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Performed by Yul Vazquez
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Neither funny nor romantic enough
9 September 2008 | by kyle-cruseSee all my reviews

This film is a perfect example of why good romantic comedies are hard to find. Many of them turn out too much like this, not enough laughs or romance and too entirely predictable. "Runaway Bride" is not horrible and does manage to provide a few laughs here and there. However, as far as good romantic comedies go, this one did not satisfy me. For one thing, I found the plot too unbelievable and unrealistic. Though we usually don't expect romantic comedy to be entirely realistic, we want to see good reason for the two main characters to fall in love. I found the romance between Richard Gere and Julia Roberts to be too suddenly and awkward. No reason is really given in the film for why Roberts should start falling in love with a man who starts going around spying on her. I found Gere's performance just not realistic enough to enjoy. He does not play a very likable character, which gives me no reason to want the main characters to fall in love. The supporting cast is really the only reason I got any laughs out of this film at all. For example, Joan Cusack plays a funny, entertaining character, as usual, which brings a little enjoyment to the film. Nevertheless, it just did not work very well for me. Not a terrible movie, but not really worth your time either.

**1/2 out of ****


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