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Playing by Heart (1998)

Eleven articulate people work through affairs of the heart in L.A.

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Eleven articulate people work through affairs of the heart in L.A. Paul produces Hannah's TV cooking show, and they must move beyond gentle barbs when she wants to know about an affair of his years ago. Mark is dying of AIDS, and his mother comes to his bedside: they must talk truthfully. Men have scalded Meredith so she rebuffs Trent's charm, but he persists. The trendy, prolix Joan tries to pull the solitary Keenan into her orbit: why is he reluctant? An adulterous couple meet at hotels for evening sex, but she is unwilling for the relationship to grow. Hugh tells tall tales, usually tragic, to women in bars. By the week's end, their parallel stories converge. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,669, 3 January 1999, Limited Release

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$3,956,212, 21 February 1999
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The house Jon Stewart's character lives in is the same house used for Tim Allens character in Galaxy Quest (1999) and Colin Firth's character in Where the Truth Lies (2005). It is known as ''Case Study House #22, a.k.a. Stahl House'' and is in the Hollywood Hills section of Los Angeles. See more »

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Although Joan's cat is called Blanche and is consistently referred to as "she", the actual animal is a male (tomcat). See more »

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Joan: Talking about love is like dancing about architecture.
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The opening scenes introducing the major characters list their character names with subtitles, but not the actors/actresses who are portraying them. See more »

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Written by Alberto Bertapelle (as A. Bertapelle)
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Wonderful in so many ways...
28 June 2004 | by See all my reviews

There are certain movies that grab ahold of you at the first scene, or even the first line, and refuse to let you go until the credits start rolling in. This is one of those movies. And I can go on and on about what makes this movie great, but I can't list all of them, since there's a thousand word limit, so I'll just take the principal two, with a PS. Here they are... Story: This is six different stories, woven in to one. As the movie progresses, and we learn more about the different characters, we see more and more of their connection to each other. And that just gives you so much more to enjoy. Acting: There are a lot of talent in this movie, but the two that really steal the movie are Angelina Jolie and Ryan Phillipe. They put on awesome show together. PS: Ryan is sexy even with blue hair...


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