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Happy Accidents (2000)

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Ruby Weaver, a woman from New York, believes she has found the man of her dreams. And Sam Deed is really such, except for he assures that he came from the future.

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Brad Anderson

Writer:

Brad Anderson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marisa Tomei ... Ruby Weaver
Vincent D'Onofrio ... Sam Deed
Holland Taylor ... Therapist
Mick Weber Mick Weber ... Floor Supervisor
Nadia Dajani ... Gretchen
Tamara Jenkins ... Robin
Cara Buono ... Bette
Lianna Pai ... Claire
Neal Huff ... Artist
Sam Seder ... Ned
Robert Stanton ... Fetishist
Stephen Gevedon ... Frenchman (as Steve Gevodan)
Larry Fessenden ... Junkie
Sean Gullette ... Mark
Bronson Dudley Bronson Dudley ... Victor
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Storyline

Ruby Weaver has man trouble: she tries to fix them, so she's stuck herself with a string of losers. Her current lover, Sam Deed, seems different: he's sweet, tender, just in from Dubuque. But, as Ruby tells her therapist about Sam, in flashbacks we see someone not quite of this world. In fact, Sam informs Ruby that he's from the future, 2470 to be exact. Ruby's sure he's delusional, but most of the time she wants to keep him - and maybe fix him. Although he seems sane, maybe Sam hasn't told her the real story: what's he up to, and who is Chrystie Delancey? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Sam says he's from the 25th century... he's the most normal guy Ruby has dated. See more »

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Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 September 2001 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Feliz Acidente See more »

Filming Locations:

Connecticut, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,840, 26 August 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$688,510, 23 December 2001
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Near the end of the movie's theatrical run the director of a science fiction film festival contacted the distributor for a copy of the movie. According to the festival's director, there was a long pause on the other end and the person at the distributor said, "Hmm. Science fiction. Maybe if we had sold it that way..." See more »

Goofs

When Sam knocks on the patient's door, the sound does not match the movements of his hand. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ruby: Murder? Oh God, Sam, murder?
Sam Deed: It wasn't me.
Ruby: Nobody could understand this, Sam, it's too much. It's too much.
Sam Deed: I think it would be easier if I told you a little at a time. It would sink in a little at a time.
Ruby: Sink in a little at a time? You... you just dropped an emotional anvil on my head. Look at me, I'm flat as a pancake.
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References Beaches (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Dusty Happy End
Written by Vivian Trimble & Josephine Wiggs
Performed by Vivian Trimble (as Dusty Trails) with Jon Mattock
Courtesy of Atlantic Records
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WOW!!!!!!!! A third brilliant Anderson! (NO SPOILERS, just a plug!
14 April 2004 | by apsprSee all my reviews

WOW!!

I had heard good things about this film, had liked Session 9 a lot, and will watch anything with d'Onofrio. Even so, this film completely blew me away.

It's science-fiction for adults, who prefer ideas and emotions to explosions and goofy makeup.

It's romantic dramedy at its best, with two memorable characters portrayed by highly skilled and REAL actors. In fact both Tomei and d'Onofrio are close to perfect in these roles.

It's a premise that continues to develop over the entire span of the film, never becoming predictable or plot-driven.

It offers striking supporting performances from Holland Taylor and Jose Zuniga, and a flat-out GREAT scene with Tovah Feldshuh that's driven by subtle and moving screenwriting.

It offers memorable and witty cameos from Mike McGlone and Anthony ("just call me Michael") Hall. And you gotta love the conceit of a guy who fantasizes about being A.M. Hall during sex!

From the opening shot to the end, it offers countless felicities of mise-en-scene, camera movement, framing, and editing, courtesy of Brad Anderson.

And there's a final shot that manages to be both very subtle and emotionally complex, while still seeming completely inevitable.

I even liked the loose ends that were never wrapped up!

SEE THIS FILM!


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