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Random Hearts (1999)

Director:
Sydney Pollack

COUNTRY
USA

Genre
Romance/Drama

NORWEGIAN TITLE
Tilfeldighetenes spill

RUNNING TIME
133 minutes

Producer:
Martin Jurow
Marykay Powell
Ronald L. Schwary

Screenwriter (based on the novel by Warren Adler):
Darryl Ponicsan


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Sergeant William "Dutch" Van Den Broack Harrison Ford
Kay Chandler Kristin Scott Thomas
Alcee Charles S. Dutton
Wendy Judd Bonnie Hunt
Detective George Beaufort Dennis Haysbert -
Carl Broman Sydney Pollack -
Truman Trainor Richard Jenkins -
Dick Montoya Paul Guilfoyle -
Peyton Van Den Broeck Susanna Thompson -
Cullen Chandler Peter Coyote -
Jessica Chandler Kate Mara -
Molly Roll Susan Floyd -
Richard Judd Dylan Baker -

 

Review

Sluggish, predictable romantic yarn about two bereaved middle-agers who after losing their respective partners in a plane crash find out that the two deceased were actually having an affair behind their backs. Harrison Ford and Kristin Scott Thomas look just as unlikely as a couple as their characters a police sergeant and a congresswoman would be. They scrape by, but it's as if director Sydney Pollack have to drag every hug, kiss and line out of them. And they get no help from the dreary script or Pollack's handling of it, as the film mulls over deceit and tragedy for over two hours without getting anywhere. It's an almost excruciating experience. Dave Grusin's jazzy score is the only redeeming quality. And no, Harrison Ford's earring is not another. There is also a multitude of fine character actors in insignificant and/or underdeveloped roles.

Copyright 10.05.2021 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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