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When a Man Loves a Woman (1994)

R | | Drama, Romance | 13 May 1994 (USA)
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The seemingly perfect relationship between a man and his wife is tested as a result of her alcoholism.

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Luis Mandoki
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Andy Garcia ... Michael Green
Meg Ryan ... Alice Green
Ellen Burstyn ... Emily
Tina Majorino ... Jess Green
Mae Whitman ... Casey Green
Lauren Tom ... Amy
Philip Seymour Hoffman ... Gary
Eugene Roche ... Walter
Gail Strickland ... Pam
Steven Brill ... Madras Tie Guy
Susanna Thompson ... Janet
Erinn Canavan Erinn Canavan ... Shannon
LaTanya Richardson Jackson ... Dr. Gina Mendez (as Latanya Richardson)
Bari K. Willerford Bari K. Willerford ... Malcolm
James Jude Courtney ... Earl
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The seemingly perfect relationship between a man and his wife is tested as a result of her alcoholism.

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What Love Built A Secret Could Destroy... See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Vietnamese

Release Date:

13 May 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Significant Other See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$50,021,959

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$50,021,959
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Touchstone Pictures See more »
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Dolby | Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Meg Ryan first hits the booze in the opening scenes, she does so in San Francisco's famous Buena Vista Café in Fisherman's Wharf. It was here that America's first Irish Coffee was first created in 1952. See more »

Goofs

When Michael takes the bottles out to the trash, a cameraman can be seen slinking past the open doorway of the house. See more »

Quotes

Michael Green: My wife is an alcoholic. Best person I ever met. She has 600 different smiles. They can light up your life. They can make you laugh out loud, just like that. They can even make you cry, just like that. That's just with her smiles. You'd have to see her with her kids. You'd have to see how they look at her, when she's not looking. To think of all the things she lives through, and I couldn't help her.
Alice Green: Maybe helping wasn't your job.
Michael Green: Well, it wasn't. See I love her. And I tried everything, except ...
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Crazy Credits

As the end credits roll, we see people socializing at an A.A. meeting. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Wedding Daze (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

When a Man Loves a Woman
Written by Calvin Lewis and Andrew Wright
Performed by Percy Sledge
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Genuine, deeply moving, superb acting - brilliant child actors.
16 April 2002 | by nichollsSee all my reviews

The film locks on to one's consciousness instantly, monopolising it as totally as an autopilot, and does not relax its control until the bitter-sweet end, which (despite the apparently inescapable smattering of Hollywood sentiment), imparts an unmistakeable message of affection reborn and glimmerings of hope for the future. The adult acting is expert, one aches in sympathy with the bewildered couple who seem unable to prevent themselves from tearing each other apart.

It makes for tense, absorbing viewing but what has made me write this - my first-ever film crit - is the incredible performance of the two little daughters. Never once do they overplay. Their helpless dismay at the catastrophic mess the drunken mother is making of their lives touches one in a way both disturbing and eerily authentic - as if somehow echoing subconscious tremors from one's own childhood. I've never seen the predicament of the young child going through the upheaval of parental estrangement so aptly and poignantly illustrated. When the vodka-soaked parent loses her cool so completely as to strike the elder child in the face with what looks like brutal force, I was as horrified as if I'd witnessed the real act, so enmeshed had I become in this family's awful situation.

How can child-actors that young interpret with such sensitivity roles which one would have thought needed years of life experience to be interpretable?

I suppose the answer is 'inborn talent' - that must be what this tired old slut of a term really means.


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