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Truly Madly Deeply [DVD] [1990] [1991]

4.7 out of 5 stars 129 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Juliet Stevenson, Alan Rickman, Jenny Howe, Carolyn Choa, Bill Paterson
  • Directors: Anthony Minghella
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Full Screen, HiFi Sound
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: Danish, Dutch, English, French, Norwegian, Swedish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Feb. 2002
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005UQVU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,671 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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DVD Special Features:

Original theatrical trailer
Interactive menu screens
Chapter selections
English Dolby Digital
English Dolby Surround
French Mono
Subtitles: Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, English for the hard of hearing
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1

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Truly Madly Deeply is an intelligent, moving, and deeply funny story about love and death. Nina (Juliet Stevenson), a scatterbrained professional translator, has lost the love of her life, Jamie (Alan Rickman). As her life (and her flat) slowly falls to pieces, she is inundated with an endless stream of repairmen and eligible suitors. But rather than go on with life, Nina dwells on her dead love, slumped at her piano, endlessly playing half of a Bach duet. Then, in a truly magical sequence, his cello suddenly joins her melody... and Jamie's back from the dead. At first it's bliss--think of the superficially similar blockbuster Ghost, only with real people instead of pretty faces Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze. But Nina gradually realises it's a thoroughly real Jamie who's back; complete with every annoying, argumentative fault she'd conveniently forgotten. (He might be dead, he explains, but he still attends political meetings.) Moreover, he has to hide whenever any of the living are around. And he's constantly ice-cold. And he invites his dead pals to her place at all hours. What's a living woman to do? Director Anthony Minghella went on to create the melodramatic period piece The English Patient--but in this film, he shows a far more sensitive, subtle touch. The photography is brilliant, capturing the simple beauties of suburban London. And the wonderfully acted characters, quirky and all too real, will keep you laughing--and always guessing what will happen next.--Grant Balfour, Amazon.com

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Alan Rickman was such a terrific actor and this is one of my all time favourite films of his, my second favourite being 'Snowcake'. I think he is brilliant alongside Juliet Stevenson and her portrayal of bereavement, and losing the person you love is incredibly moving, and rings true. Her journey through grief to coping alone is the best I've seen in film. A magical, moving, absorbing fill. The talent of the actors here is second to none. A classic.
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Fabulous life-affirming film by the late and great Anthony Minghella with the unsurpassable Juliet Stevenson and Alan Rickman and a terrific supporting cast.
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this product was delivered early which was great as I was eager to watch it having seen it on tv some years ago, it lived up to my expectations
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I feel so grateful to once again own my own copy of this film. It's beautiful, romantic, heartbreaking and funny. One of the classics. It gets me bawling like a baby every time!!

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As I recall this is a superb tv play. Glad to find it on dvd
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Truly, Madly, Deeply was a spur of the moment buy for me, i had hardly heard of it and honestly, from the plot description, I wasn't expecting much, but seeing that i adore Rickman and the majority of his films - i thought i'd give this a go. This is a sensitive and moving film, filled with romance, death and further truly emotive themes. Juliet Stevenson plays her role as Nina fantastically, and as for Alan Rickman - his performance is flawless, probably only scarred by the fact that a gang of ghosts join in with him. A great buy, i would recommend to anyone! My only real problem (I can live with the gang of film loving ghosts) is that Rickman's character is called 'Jamie' - doesn't really suit him?...
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By Spike Owen TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 8 April 2011
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Nina's {Juliet Stevenson} life is torn apart with the unexpected death of her lover, Jamie {Alan Rickman}. Stuck in a rat infested flat and under expensive therapy, Nina's grief is suddenly stopped in its tracks when Jamie comes back into her life as a ghost. Just as Nina meets Mark, a potential suitor.

For his first feature film, director and writer Anthony Minghella chose this touching, and often funny, tale of bereavement and learning to love again. Written in the main for Stevenson to showcase her talents, its strengths lie in the actors performances, the sensitive writing and its low key moody production ethic. Often it's been tagged the British answer to the Moore/Swayze movie Ghost. That's a lazy link and a touch misleading, as this is, if anything, the anti blockbuster movie, while the respective plots bear little resemblance. And besides which, this was made quite some time before Patrick and Demi were playing slinky round the pottery wheel.

Stevenson is marvellous, she gives Nina real depth, and in one grief stricken scene she delivers one of the most believable enactments of that emotion ever put on to celluloid. Rickman shines as he gets his teeth into something outside of the bad guy roles he was {still is} known for. Watch out for a poem (La Muerta) segment shared between the two, pure class. And as Mark, Michael Maloney is hugely effective in what is the tricky third wheel role. While the impressive acting on show is boosted by Barrington Pheloung's poignant, rhythmic musical score.

There are a number of interpretations put forward as to what Truly, Madly, Deeply is about. But really it has to be down to the individual viewer to make their own deductions.
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I enjoyed this film on 2 different levels. Firstly, it's a fabulous story of the effect of bereavement on a partner/spouse; the huge spectrum of emotions; the impact on everyday life and the simultaneous desire and resistance to moving on from grief. Nina is portrayed superbly by Juliet Stephenson. She has amazing strength of character yet also combines this with an appealing sense of vulnerability. She's working, trying to make a "terrible flat" into a secure home for herself, still being friendly, helpful, caring - while all the time, her emotional pain is so tangible.
Alan Rickman is her dead partner Jamie - who comes back to her in his ethereal form. He is absolutely stunning and brings his inimitable dry humour to the context of being dead. Beneath the story, though, you can read into a lot of metaphorical stuff - cleverly done. The ending is both heartening yet crucifying, emotionally. It never fails to make me cry, but in a healthy, cathartic sense. Life can and does go on if only you can allow yourself to try. It's more down to earth than "Ghost" and more real, somehow. If you enjoyed the book "What dreams may come" (NOT THE FILM),I think you'll enjoy this and vice versa. Alan Rickman acts his best ever role, in my opinion. Just make sure you've got plenty of tissues handy!!
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