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|Playing by Heart|
|Directed by||Willard Carroll|
|Produced by||Willard Carroll|
|Written by||Willard Carroll|
|Music by||John Barry|
|Edited by||Pietro Scalia|
|Distributed by||Miramax Films|
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.
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Among the characters are an older couple about to renew their wedding vows (Sean Connery and Gena Rowlands); a woman (Gillian Anderson) who accepts a date from a stranger (Jon Stewart); a gay man dying of AIDS (Jay Mohr) and his mother (Ellen Burstyn) who has struggled to accept him; two young people who meet in a nightclub (Ryan Phillippe and Angelina Jolie); a couple having an affair (Anthony Edwards and Madeleine Stowe) and a man (Dennis Quaid) who tells his tragic life story to a woman he meets in a bar (Patricia Clarkson), but seems to have a strange connection to another mysterious woman.
As the film continues and the stories evolve, the connections between the characters become evident. Kellie Waymire, Nastassja Kinski, Alec Mapa, Amanda Peet and Michael Emerson also have roles in the film.
- 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
Playing by Heart received mixed to positive reviews from critics and currently holds a 60% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 53 reviews. The consensus summaries: "It's overly talky, but Playing by Heart benefits from witty insights into modern relationships and strong performances from an esteemed cast." The film was released in the United Kingdom on August 6, 1999, and opened on #11.
- "Berlinale: 1999 Programme". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2012-02-04.
- "UK Weekend Box Office 6th August 1999 - 8th August 1999". www.25thframe.co.uk. Retrieved 8 August 2019.
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