New York City writing professor, Frannie Avery, has an affair with a police detective who is investigating the murder of a beautiful young woman in her neighborhood.

Director:

Jane Campion

Writers:

Jane Campion (screenplay), Susanna Moore (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Jason Leigh ... Pauline
Meg Ryan ... Frannie Avery
Michael Nuccio Michael Nuccio ... Frannie's Young Father (as Micheal Nuccio)
Allison Nega Allison Nega ... Young Father's Fiancee (as Alison Nega)
Dominick Aries Dominick Aries ... Attentive Husband
Susan Gardner Susan Gardner ... Perfect Wife
Sharrieff Pugh ... Cornelius Webb
Nick Damici ... Detective Ritchie Rodriguez
Heather Litteer ... Angela Sands
Daniel T. Booth Daniel T. Booth ... Luther Wilker Red Turtle Bartender
Yaani King Mondschein ... Frannie's Student (as Yaani King)
Frank Harts ... Frannie's Student
Sebastian Sozzi ... Frannie's Student
Zach Wegner ... Frannie's Student (as Zack Wegner)
Mark Ruffalo ... Detective Giovanni A. Malloy
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Storyline

Frankie Avery is a NYC teacher who embarks on a relationship with NYPD Detective Malloy, who, along with his partner, is investigating the murder of a young woman, part of whose body was found in the garden outside of Frannie's apartment. Malloy believes this murder is the work of a serial killer. Beyond the murder investigation, she continues her association with Malloy despite her catching him in a lie which may have dangerous implications. As the relationship contributes, she discovers more evidence pointing to him being the serial killer. Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Everything you know about desire is dead wrong.

Genres:

Mystery | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality including explicit dialogue, nudity, graphic crime scenes and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The film's cast includes two Oscar nominees: Jennifer Jason Leigh and Mark Ruffalo. See more »

Goofs

When Malloy gives Frannie his card, she uses a pushpin to secure it on her wall. Later in a close-up when she is at Pauline's apartment holding Malloy's card, there's no pinhole in the card. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Pauline: What does "broccoli" mean"?
Frannie: Depends on the context. Pubic hair or marijuana. It's a noun.
Pauline: And "Virginia"?
Frannie: Vagina. As in, "He penetrated her Virginia with a hammer".
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Crazy Credits

Thank you fabulous Kevin Bacon!!! and "Mayor" Harvey Keitel. See more »

Alternate Versions

The U.S. unrated DVD edition has almost a minute of footage not seen in theaters. It contains:
  • 30 extra seconds of the early scene in the basement of the Red Turtle.
  • An intimate scene involving Meg Ryan and Mark Ruffalo lasts about 20 seconds longer.
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Connections

Referenced in Knocked Up (2007) See more »

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Show Me The Way To Your Heart
Written & Performed by Lucinda Peters
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no development in the characters and disappointing.
3 July 2004 | by tijdelijk12See all my reviews

A woman teaching English gets involved in a murder investigation. The police officer leading this investigation is instantly attracted to her. Also, from her point of view, this officer incorporates all she loves in her poetry and literature: rough and manly but also protective. She immediately feels this is an opportunity for her to put into practice all she has read about.

Out of her usual environment she finds it dangerous but also feels the excitement of the moment.

Quite cliché all. It is a simple detective story. The characters remain shallow. There is not depth in them and they do not evolve in any way.

I thought Jane Campion would do a much better job. Alas, even she makes mistakes.

What really annoyed me were all the references to "To the Lighthouse" by Virginia Woolf. All this quasi literism makes this film swanky.

I rated this movie a 6. Disappointing for Jane Campion. But not the worst movie I ever saw. There were some nice shots.


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Official Sites:

Sony Pictures

Country:

UK | Australia | France | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$97,625, 26 October 2003

Gross USA:

$4,750,602

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,726,793
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS

Color:

Color | Black and White (fantasy sequences) (Sepiatone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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