Playing by Heart Movie Review 1998

Information and Film Reviews for Playing by Heart the Movie

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Excellent ensemble cast doesn't save this episodic film about several L.A. couples falling in and out of love. Theatre director Anderson tries to avoid becoming involved with architect Stewart; loud-mouthed night-clubber Jolie won't give up on Phillippe; Quaid uses bad lines and lies on Kinski and Clarkson, while his wife, Stowe, fools around with Edwards; Connery and Rowlands (in the best-acted segments) find their 40-year marriage threatened by emotional and health problems; and Burstyn tries to comfort her son Mohr, in the last stages of AIDS. Writer/director Carroll claims he was inspired by the saying "talking about love is like dancing about architecture," and appropriately the working title was "Dancing about Architecture."


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 121 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Romantic Drama, Romantic Triangles, Nightclubs, AIDS, Moms
Willard Carroll
Sean Connery, Gena Rowlands, Ryan Phillippe, Angelina Jolie, Ellen Burstyn, Gillian Anderson, Dennis Quaid, Jay Mohr, Anthony Edwards, Madeleine Stowe, Jon Stewart, Patricia Clarkson, Nastassja Kinski, Jeremy Sisto
Vilmos Zsigmond
Willard Carroll
John Barry
Willard Carroll, Paul Feldsher, Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein, Guy East, Nigel Sinclair, Intermedia Films, Miramax Films

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