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|Playing by Heart|
|Directed by||Willard Carroll|
|Produced by||Willard Carroll |
|Screenplay by||Willard Carroll|
|Music by||John Barry|
|Edited by||Pietro Scalia|
|Distributed by||Miramax Films|
|Budget||$14-20 million|
Playing by Heart is a 1998 American comedy drama film, which tells the story of several seemingly unconnected characters. It was entered into the 49th Berlin International Film Festival. It stars Gillian Anderson, Ellen Burstyn, Sean Connery, Anthony Edwards, Angelina Jolie, Jay Mohr, Ryan Phillippe, Dennis Quaid, Gena Rowlands, Jon Stewart and Madeleine Stowe.
Playing by Heart is an ensemble work, that explores the path of love in its character's lives.
Among the characters are an older couple, whom about to renew their wedding vows (Sean Connery and Gena Rowlands); a theatre director (Gillian Anderson) and architect (Jon Stewart) navigating a new beginning; a gay man dying of AIDS (Jay Mohr) and his mother (Ellen Burstyn) who had not been close; a couple having an affair (Anthony Edwards and Madeleine Stowe) and her husband (Dennis Quaid) who is exploring ways to break through the staleness of their marriage.
As the film continues, and the stories evolve, the connections between the characters become evident.
- Gillian Anderson as Meredith
- Ellen Burstyn as Mildred
- Sean Connery as Paul
- Anthony Edwards as Roger
- Angelina Jolie as Joan
- Jay Mohr as Mark
- Ryan Phillippe as Keenan
- Dennis Quaid as Hugh
- Gena Rowlands as Hannah
- Jon Stewart as Trent
- Madeleine Stowe as Gracie
On Rotten Tomatoes the film has an approval rating of 60% based on reviews from 53 critics. The site's consensus was: "It's overly talky, but Playing by Heart benefits from witty insights into modern relationships and strong performances from an esteemed cast." Audiences surveyed by CinemaScore gave the film a grade B+ on scale of A to F.
Roger Ebert gave it a thumbs down (2.5 stars) due to its entertaining dialogue, star power and charming moments, but determines it to be a 'near miss' because of its soft, gooey center. It was one of the last films reviewed on air, by film critic Gene Siskel, on Siskel and Ebert at the Movies, before his death on February 20, 1999. Like Ebert, Siskel gave it a thumbs down, deeming the film more about behaviour than story.
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