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Falling In Love [1984] [DVD]

Robert De Niro , Meryl Streep , Ulu Grosbard    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
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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
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • 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 (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005UPNK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,477 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

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

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85 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gentle and Romantic 11 Jan 2003
By A Customer
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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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Under-rated modern romance 10 May 2006
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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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hugely under-rated romantic classic 7 Aug 2001
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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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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Modern Day Brief Encounter 5 July 2002
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab acting 12 Jan 2009
I love this film. Both Streep and de Niro give great performances - the chemistry between them is almost plapable. The restraint that Streep shows is brilliant. The ending is very romantic. This is a grown up love story acted by actors at the height of their powers. I believe it will date well.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
"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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars FILM I WANTED TO SEE AGAIN
Had seen this film in the 80s and loved it, very romantic. Bought it as I knew a friend would enjoy it, we watched it together, two wonderful actors Streep and De Niro, if you want... Read more
Published 1 day ago by MISS SCARLETT
5.0 out of 5 stars happy
arrived promptly not watched this yet but the combo of Meryl and Robert can do no wrong it will be one to watch again and again
Published 26 days ago by sue
5.0 out of 5 stars lovely film
Had not heard of this film when I brought it but love both actors so thought I would give it a try , very enjoyable , bit far fetched but it does not spoil it as being a lovely... Read more
Published 1 month ago by dee
5.0 out of 5 stars My comfort blanket
When I feel down this is one of my turn to films to bring me back to normality. Both of my favourite actors they are fantastic together and I love the ending.
Published 1 month ago by Ms Elaine M Till
5.0 out of 5 stars great film !
Bought as a surprise for my sister,wasn't sure if it was still available out there.She was thrilled and so was i.Many thanks !
Published 2 months ago by Linda Browne
1.0 out of 5 stars Won't play
This DVD won't play on my player, whilst it appears clean it plays for about 3 minutes and then stops.
Published 2 months ago by Kenny Carson
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic from the past
I first saw this film in the early 80s and it still brings back lots of memories for me. Possibly not to everyone's taste but I love it!
Published 2 months ago by freya'saunt
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
Not a film to win critics hearts or win prizes but a gentle completely enjoyable film. Watch curled up on the sofa with a drink of choice.
Published 3 months ago by Miss Marie L Powell
5.0 out of 5 stars Falling in Love
This is a film I have always liked! I do not necessarily collect DVD's but I thought I would make the exception this time so I can watch the film whenever I like! Read more
Published 4 months ago by B. Cansfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely film
I enjoyed this easy to watch romantic film with a happy ending. I would recommend it to my sisters and female friends.
Published 5 months ago by J C Dwane
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