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She's So Lovely (1997)

After being released from a psychiatric institution, a man tries to redeem himself in the eyes of his now-ex wife from the events that led up to his incarceration.

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Nick Cassavetes

Writer:

John Cassavetes
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robin Wright ... Maureen Murphy Quinn (as Robin Wright Penn)
James Gandolfini ... Kiefer
Susan Traylor ... Lucinda
Harry Dean Stanton ... Tony 'Shorty' Russo
Debi Mazar ... Georgie
Bobby Cooper ... Cooper
John Marshall Jones ... Leonard
Chloe Webb ... Nancy Swearingen
Sean Penn ... Eddie Quinn
James Soravilla James Soravilla ... Avi
Jamie Bozian ... Intern #1 (as James Bozian)
Paul Johansson ... Intern #2
Justina Machado ... Carmen Rodriguez - Lady Ticket Taker
Tito Larriva ... Lead Singer
Tony Marsico Tony Marsico ... Band Member
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Storyline

Maureen is pregnant and her husband Eddie is missing. Nervous, Maureen shares a couple of drinks with neighbor Kiefer, who tries to rape her and then beats her. When Eddie returns and finds his wife bruised, he goes ballistic, shoots a paramedic and is put in a psychiatric institution. Ten years later, Eddie is released and finds that Maureen has divorced him and is remarried with three children, one of whom is his little girl Jeanie. Eddie goes to reclaim his wife. Written by Katie Fisher

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The story of one outrageous woman. Caught between two men. Both of them certain of one thing...

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language and some violence | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

Miramax

Country:

France | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 August 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

She's De Lovely See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,020,015, 1 September 1997

Gross USA:

$7,281,450

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,281,450
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Joey gets out of his Cadillac holding his car keys, but the car's warning beeper signifies that the keys are still in the ignition. See more »

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Shorty: [Joey draws a pistol] Joey, it's not that kind of an evening.
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Wanna See Sean Penn In A John Cassavetes Film? Here it is.
20 January 2000 | by NiroSee all my reviews

Some of the people who "review" flicks here continually amaze me with their complete lack of film knowledge.

When I heard an interview with the always-extraordinary Sean Penn, in which he said he was upset that so few people had seen what he considers to be his best work: this film and the excellent "At Close Range," I knew that I had to catch this.

Then, finding that it was based on an unproduced John Cassavetes script, I was all the more eager.

That final statement should scare off anyone who expected a happy, romantic Hollywood film, as they clearly haven't seen any of the late writer/director's stark, realistic films. Cassavetes' work relied heavily on tortured, unlikable or unredeemable characters who can act their brains out te often portrayed by his wife/widow, Gena Rowlands].

We're talking serious fare, folks ~ required viewing such as "Husbands," "Woman Under The Influence," "The Killing of a Chinese Bookie" and "Gloria" [the brilliant Rowlands original, not the adequate Sharon Stone remake].

Now comes his former B-movie star & son, Nick, who dusts off papa's script and enlists the type of actors who are eminently qualified to play a group of true undesirables: Sean Penn, Robin Wright Penn, James Gandolfini, Harry Dean Stanton, Debi Mazar and the newly-retalented John Travolta, who appears in the last reel.

Even Mom [Rowlands, of course] gets a small but important role.

And the adorable Kelsey Mulrooney, playing Penn & Penn's nine-year-old daughter is terrific without stooping to precociousness.

Is this a brutally honest film? Yep. Is it vulgar in nearly every way? Of course. Do the leading characters have any chance of redemption, moral or otherwise? Not likely.

Do I care?

Let's just say that there's more passionate acting in "She's So Lovely" than was evident in nearly every other 1997 film.

And that's certainly good enough for me.

So there.


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