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Falling In Love [1984] [DVD]


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  • Actors: Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep, Harvey Keitel, Jane Kaczmarek, George Martin
  • Directors: Ulu Grosbard
  • Writers: Michael Cristofer
  • Producers: Marvin Worth, Robert F. Colesberry
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Anamorphic, Widescreen, Mono
  • Language: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, Arabic, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Jun 2002
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005UPNK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,563 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

A contemporary love story involving two people, both seemingly content in their respective marriages, who find themselves inexorably drawn together after a casual meeting.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

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91 of 92 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Jan 2003
Format: DVD
There is a romantic glow to this very undervalued film. It is a throwback to films of the 40's and 50's. Robert DeNiro and Meryl Streep give old style performances to match the story's atmosphere, which is sweet and sentimental. It does not make light of the subject matter of having an affair but instead is a film about finding love itself. In keeping with that theme there is no sex in this film. The love that gently blossoms is one of the heart.
Frank Raftis (DeNiro) and Molly Gilmore (Streep) are going about their mundane if uninspiring lives amidst the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season in New York when they literally run into each other at a bookshop. Both are married and when they meet again on the train both are taking to work, a friendship begins. Even the small prospect of riding to work together is handled gingerly as both are good people who would not want to hurt their spouses.
As they become more dependent on each other the moral dilema escalates. There are charming scenes as each almost misses the train, and the chance to talk. Her father is sick and her response is to call him. It is the little things that separate this film from others. Frank and Molly fall in love for the reason we all do; because of how we feel about ourselves when we are with that person.
When they finally can not stand it anymore they have a clumsy, and aborted, attempt at making love. Both DeNiro and Streep are wonderful at capturing the moral dilema of two people already married who have found the love of their life. Dianne Wiest has a nice turn as Molly's best friend Isabelle and Harvey Keitel as DeNiro's pal Ed is engaging. Jane Kaczmarek, of television's 'Malcolm in the Middle' fame, gives a nice performance as Franks's wife Ann.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Film Fan on 10 May 2006
Format: DVD
I first saw this film way back in '84 when it got it's UK release and I have to say that it has aged very well (which you can't say about many films made in the 1980's). Yes, there are probably more dramatic and exciting movies out there, but the gentleness and poignancy of this film made it a subtle rarity in the flashy 80's.

This is really a modern-day re-telling of the 1940's Brit classic 'Brief Encounter', and it is beautifully done. De Niro and Streep are (as expected) excellent, and they are supported by a fantastic cast (Weist amd Kietel being the most notable). However the best thing is the wonderful score by Dave Grusin (I became a fan thereafter). The piece is called 'Rondo' and can be found on his CD 'Mountain Dance' which is still available). Recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jenny J.J.I. on 29 Jun 2007
Format: DVD
"Falling In Love" deserve it's fair share of attention and fame. If you are into complete 100% realism, then you would have a bone to pick with this film. I mean true love... if you believe in love at first sight; you could probably believe that two strangers' chance meeting could be the beginning of something beautiful. Or if hardened by cynicism, you'd probably say, nay it'd never happen --it's just boredom in life's routine. But one thing that can't be ignored is the acting. Any two actors might've played Frank and Molly in this low-keyed way (and been as good), but it is the fact it's De Niro and Streep together (reunited from "The Deer Hunter") that keeps the picture watch able. The minimal mundane dialogue and what they did with the material was a moving portrayal in this film.

Ms. Streep portrays Molly Gillmore, a doctor's wife and commercial artist; and De Niro, Frank Raftis, a construction foreman, husband and father of two young boys. Fate brings the two together on a Metro North commuter train from Westchester County into Manhattan, in New York. Molly and Frank are good, moral suburbanites who just happen to be "Falling In Love," all the time struggling to remain loyal to their respective families.

Maryl Streep, to me mainly, has done her part on this film. She is not only natural and luminous, but you even don't think that she's acting! She's lived this whole life through! The way she's hesitating whether she should stop the affair with a married man (DeNiro) or just let it all be. The way she struggles herself and this new feeling that doesn't allow her to lead her normal life anymore is believable as well. You won't doubt a minute that she's feeling all this.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By E. A. Redfearn TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 July 2002
Format: DVD
A commercial failure in the cinema, this is a simple love story of how two married people meet in a bookshop by accident and begin an affair which has profound implications for their respective marriages. Meryl Streep and Robert De Niro, two of the most charismatic actors in the business carry the story to a satisfactory conclusion, unlike Brief Encounter. Certainly watchable for those who like this sort of thing, making sure you keep a box of kleenex handy. Picture and sound are both very good for a DVD. Shame it lacks extras such as a trailer and maybe actor interviews. Nevertheless, if you have seen this movie on telly, a good buy.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Aug 2001
Format: VHS Tape
It's slow, and it's soppy, and it's one of the best romantic films you will ever see. De Niro and Streep are superb simply because they manage to play ordinary people so well. The supporting cast is also excellent (particularly the lead characters' best friends), and the score, by Dave Grusin, is outstanding. A classic.
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