- 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: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00004D07F
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,037 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
When a Man Loves a Woman [DVD] 
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San Francisco couple Michael (Andy Garcia) and Alice Green (Meg Ryan) have a happy marriage until the latter's secret drinking binges become a problem. While Michael is away on business, a drunken Alice hits their daughter - an act which convinces her to enrol at a clinic and dry out. Michael does not find coping without his wife easy, and when Alice returns, sober but irritable, their relationship continues to suffer.
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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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!!!
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...
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.
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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Heat renshing film sat all the way through crying! Love the film it was brillPublished 6 months ago by lian henshaw
Andy Garcia is fab in this; Meg Ryan slightly unbelievable. Good romantic drama, but a bit dated now: there have been much harder hitting, gritty and realistic films made about... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Sam
Classic, has it all; drama, emotions and ultimately a love story taken to the brink and leaves the viewer with hope that not all is lost.Published 7 months ago by RocknRolla