Falling in Love

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Overview

Falling in Love can be described as an urban American Brief Encounter. Reteamed for the first time since The Deer Hunter, Robert De Niro and Meryl Streep star as a married couple. Thing of it is, they're not married to each other. While Christmas shopping for their respective families, architect Frank Raftis DeNiro and graphic artist Molly Gilmore Streep "meet cute," their holiday packages becoming mixed up. What starts as a pleasant chance acquaintance blossoms into romance. Inevitably, however, both parties ...
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Overview

Falling in Love can be described as an urban American Brief Encounter. Reteamed for the first time since The Deer Hunter, Robert De Niro and Meryl Streep star as a married couple. Thing of it is, they're not married to each other. While Christmas shopping for their respective families, architect Frank Raftis DeNiro and graphic artist Molly Gilmore Streep "meet cute," their holiday packages becoming mixed up. What starts as a pleasant chance acquaintance blossoms into romance. Inevitably, however, both parties realize that what they're doing is wrong--a shade too late to save their marriages, as it turns out. The film ends with a bittersweet "one year later" coda. The natural charisma of its stars lends distinction to the otherwise so-so Falling in Love.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
Subtlety works great up to a point, but this relationship drama strives so hard to be subtle that it drags. Meryl Streep and Robert De Niro obviously know how to wring every little nuance from even an underwritten screenplay, but the picture's delicate ache grows wearisome after a while. Assisted by Ulu Grosbard's unobtrusive direction, Jane Kaczmarek and Harvey Keitel both make fine supporting turns. But only Dianne Wiest's free-spirited gal pal breaks out of the picture's muted emotional palette. Still, given the ubiquity of infidelity as a Hollywood theme, it's refreshing to see a film focus on the inner lives of its unfaithful protagonists rather than their bedroom pyrotechnics. Falling in Love isn't a masterful film by any stretch, but it is a quietly thoughtful one.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/22/2014
  • UPC: 888574012243
  • Original Release: 1984
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Time: 1:46:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 7,775

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert De Niro Frank Raftis
Meryl Streep Molly Gilmore
Harvey Keitel Ed Lasky
Jane Kaczmarek Ann Raftis
George Martin John Trainer
David Clennon Brian Gilmore
Dianne Wiest Isabelle
Florence Anglin Saleslady
Victor Argo Victor Rawlins
Jesse Bradford Joe Raftis
Clem Caserta Taxi Driver
Chevi Colton Elevator Woman
Frances Conroy Waitress
Wiley Earl Mike Raftis
Paul Herman Engineer
Gerald M. Kline 1st Man
John Ottavino Construction Worker
James Ryan Cashier
Yanni Sfinias Hot Dog Vendor
Kenneth Welsh Doctor
Richard Giza Salesman
Sonny Abagnale Tow Truck driver
George Barry Conductor #1
L.P. McGlynn Conductor #2
J.S. Klinetob Conductor #3
John H. Reese Taxi Driver #1
Donald R. Goodness Minister
Barry Smith Usher
Mike Tremont Architect
Technical Credits
Ulu Grosbard Director
Annie Allman Stunts
Bobby Brown Cinematographer
Richard Bruno Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert F. Colesberry Associate Producer, Producer, Production Manager
Michael Cristofer Screenwriter
Daniel Dod Stunts
Dave Grusin Score Composer
J. Roy Helland Makeup
Speed Hopkins Art Director
Steven Jordan Set Decoration/Design
Michael Kahn Editor
Les Lazarowitz Sound/Sound Designer
Santo Loquasto Production Designer
Jim Lovelett Stunts
Thomas J. Mack Asst. Director
Harry Madsen Stunts
Pat McCorkle Casting
Tom Priestley Jr. Camera Operator
Mickey Scott Makeup
Peter Suschitzky Cinematographer
Juliet Taylor Casting
Marvin Worth Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The romance in this film is understanding and compelling.

    "Falling In Love" deserve it’s fair share of attention and fame. If you are into complete 100% realism, then you would have a bone to pick with this film. I mean true love... if you believe in love at first sight you could probably believe that two strangers' chance meeting could be the beginning of something beautiful. Or if hardened by cynicism, you'd probably say, nay it'd never happen --it's just boredom in life's routine. But one thing that can't be ignored is the acting. Any two actors might've played Frank and Molly in this low-keyed way (and been as good), but it is the fact it's De Niro and Streep together (reunited from "The Deer Hunter") that keeps the picture watch able. The minimal mundane dialogue and what they did with the material was a moving portrayal in this film. Ms. Streep portrays Molly Gillmore, a doctor's wife and commercial artist and De Niro, Frank Raftis, a construction foreman, husband and father of two young boys. Fate brings the two together on a Metro North commuter train from Westchester County into Manhattan, in New York. Molly and Frank are good, moral suburbanites who just happen to be "Falling In Love," all the time struggling to remain loyal to their respective families. Maryl Streep, to me mainly, has done her part on this film. She is not only natural and luminous, but you even don't think that she's acting! She's lived this whole life through! The way she's hesitating whether she should stop the affair with a married man (DeNiro) or just let it all be. The way she struggles herself and this new feeling that doesn't allow her to lead her normal life anymore is believable as well. You won't doubt a minute that she's feeling all this. As for De Niro even though he’s an actor he always embodies such charisma and sex appeal, he’s able to carry himself as such a regular simple man-all that there is to him is that he is in love with a married woman other than his wife. I also liked how the film does not try to justify adultery at the same time. There are some nice nostalgia vis-a-vis sumptuous New York winter bustle scenes of Grand Central Station, Rizzoli's on Fifth Ave, hot dog vendors, high-eighties hair and clothing fashions. The score by Dave Grusin (Mountain Dance) completed this movie and is just amazing till this day. "Falling In Love" is a rather sweet but serious film that paints a very realistic portrait of marriage and infidelity. If you are a fan of either actor, this is a must-see.

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