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When a Man Loves a Woman [DVD] [1994]

Meg Ryan , Andy Garcia , Luis Mandoki    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Meg Ryan, Andy Garcia, Ellen Burstyn, Tina Majorino, Mae Whitman
  • Directors: Luis Mandoki
  • Writers: Al Franken, Ronald Bass
  • Producers: Al Franken, C. Tad Devlin, Jon Avnet, Jordan Kerner, Ronald Bass
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Italian, English, French
  • Subtitles: English, French, Dutch
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios HE
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Feb 2001
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004D07F
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,598 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



When a Man Loves a Woman is a dumb title (not another classic pop song, please) for a very smart movie. A kind of gender-switch take on The Lost Weekend, it's about a woman (Meg Ryan) whose alcoholism almost destroys her family. That may sound like just another TV movie, but When a Man Loves a Woman is so authentic in detail and emotion, that everything about it seems fresh, urgent, and engrossing. That's because the film is grounded in the actual experience of co-writer Al Franken (assisted by Rain Man scripter Ronald Bass). Franken is best known for his affiliation with Saturday Night Live and Politically Incorrect, and as the author of Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot, and Other Observations. You may recall that Franken is the creator of Stuart Smalley, 12-step programmer extraordinaire. Well, if you want to know how Stuart was born, you can start here. This is no comedy, however. In fact, one of the most painful realisations comes when attractive, "good-time girl" Alice Green (Ryan) and her husband (Andy Garcia) begin to realise how much of a role alcohol played in their marriage and in bringing them together in the first place. The issues and experiences confronted in this movie go far beyond the stuff you see on daytime TV. --Jim Emerson

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 23 Jan 2008
Want a movie that will have to balling your eyes out? Well, this is it.

I have always loved Meg Ryan in her movies, and although in most of them she comes across as pretty much the same, this one was different. She played a more serious role, more down to earth.

This is a movie about a woman who is a secret alcoholic, things become bad when she passes out in front of her daughter. It rips the family apart, comes between her and her husband, and her children. But will they survive this, will all be OK? Well, you'll have to watch it.

I liked how Meg Ryan played this part, sometimes when you see people in movies, it's like they play the same sort of role each time, especially with those who star in Comedies. But it isn't the case with this one. (It's the same with Jim Carey, in most of his movies, he acts in comedies, and comes across as the same character each time, which can become boring. But in 'The Majestic' he played a serious role, and I loved him in this movie.)

I have to say though, for anyone who does like their drink (like me), this movie is a bit of a wake up call. It makes you realize to make sure you have your drink in moderation, and not to take it for granted, as no one sets out to be an alcoholic, it just happens.

This is a heartfelt touching movie, and make sure you have your tissues with you!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent condition 4 Feb 2011
I was surprised just how good the condition was for the price, played well and it was also delivered before the date I was emailed. I would recommend this provider to anyway, fab movie too a real tear jerker and a feel good element at the end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When a Man Loves a Woman 21 May 2012
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Airline Pilot and perfect husband played by the wonderful good looking and sexy Andy Garcia, whose patience and love is stretched to the limit in trying to cope with an alcoholic wife, played brilliantly by Meg Ryan. She is a mother with a young daughter. The young girl has to witness some harrowing scenes when her mother gets drunk. A wonderful love story deteriorates as the movie progresses. When a man loves a woman just how much can he stand? -Very good acting well worth watching.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN DVD 29 April 2012
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars pleasure to watch. 30 Sep 2010
Brilliant film without any violence ,a real treat ! I could watch this over and over again, It arrived quickly and was paskaged well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a real tear-jerker but an uplifting film 10 Mar 2009
By Nigel Mc TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Wonderful performances from Meg Ryan, Andy Garcia and Tina Majorino who plays the elder child. Furthermore, the music adds so much to the story and the overall enjoyment of what could be construed as a potentially depressing subject. Much of the music is fairly well known but Ricky Lee Jones is less mainstream and I just love 'Stewart's Coat' which plays over the closing credits of the film. This is a good enough reason to purchase the DVD in order to have an undisturbed viewing of the whole film. Why do most Network TV managers allow their staff to ruin the end of so many good films?

There are numerous emotional highlights in this film, with the climax being Meg Ryan's emotive acceptance of her situation at her AA Group. OK - the emotional drama is milked a little but this does not detract from the viewers overall enjoyment of the film and the powerful intensity of their relationship.

Make no mistake this is a very emotional but uplifting film and one that you will enjoy again and again. I don't think Meg Ryan has ever been this good. If you haven't seen it then there is much to enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Andy Garcia performance 10 Sep 2008
Alice Green (Meg Ryan) and her husband, Michael (Andy Garcia) are a happily married young couple, until Alice's secret drinking problem is exposed. Alice goes to rehab and when she comes home, she and Michael don't know how to act with one another without the help of alcohol.

This is a really good romantic drama dealing with the terrible ways alcoholism affects a couple and their young children. Oh, my goodness - that Andy Garcia can act and he's quite the dreamboat, too. He's so utterly convincing as the tortured husband that it makes me wonder why I haven't seen him in more leading roles. Meg Ryan, on the other hand, never convinced me she was suffering with guilt or shame or anything; her sunny smile and angelic face were always the same...perky, perky, PERKY! Two precocious little girls complete the cast as the couple's daughters who have to deal with their mother's drinking.

It's interesting that most of the conflict in the story is after Alice comes home from rehab. It's only then that they both realize what a big part drinking had in their lives and that they have to start all over in their relationship. Although the happy ending is never in doubt, this is an emotionally draining film that is very well done.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hooked on Love 27 Dec 2007
When a man loves a women - he doesnt realise just how much he LOVES her until after she is gone.
That is the message in this brilliant movie - and is a message I can identify with.
Meg Ryan is so hot that she could make an ice man melt in seconds - she reminds me of my ex-wife...though to be honest my ex was much better looking.
This is a good film to watch if your considering a divorce - because it will make you realise that you have too much to lose.
The best tearjerker since Love Story...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful but heart rending love story
This was a lovely film which was both heartbreaking n happy at the end. ...caught my attention straight away straight thro till the end.
Published 1 month ago by Venezia66
5.0 out of 5 stars very touching film
I had this film at the cinema several years ago and subsequently owned the video. I liked it so much I decided to purchase on DVD as video is no longer used. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars American DVD - did not work on UK system. Great film as I have seen it...
American DVD - did not work on UK system. Great film as I have seen it before. Disappointing DVD to receive, would not play.
Published 3 months ago by samantha Kate Webb
4.0 out of 5 stars when a man loves a woman.
An old film but well worth watching again. Good acting by all main stars. I'll watch again at a later date.
Published 7 months ago by Maggie
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
worth every penny been waiting for ages to see this film highly recommended, bit of a love story but very nice
Published 7 months ago by Joy
4.0 out of 5 stars DVD
Still have not watched this video, waiting for a rainy night when there is nothing on television. A good buy as always courtesy of Amazon.
Published 7 months ago by Annette
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Good
Imdb reviewers give this film about 6-7/10. It's a good 8/10 for me - beautifully and sensitively acted and a very good script. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Blah de Blah de Blah
4.0 out of 5 stars Girlie Film
Strong story with really good cast plus the chance to watch Andy Garcia in a uniform I am taking it on a girls weekend
Published 10 months ago by MRS.P.A.M.MARSAN
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film
Bought for my mum for her christmas who was very happy reliving the film that she loved many years ago
Published 11 months ago by NicoleP
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought as present
Good condition and receipiant lived it, can recommend seller, but film not one for me.
As expected for these goods.
Published 11 months ago by GarethOnline
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