Heart

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A mother's love turns deadly in the wake of an organ transplant in the thriller Heart. Gary Ellis (Christopher Eccleston) is a businessman, while his wife Tess (Kate Hardie) works in television. Gary and Tess don't get along very well, largely because he's convinced she's having an affair. One day, Gary has a major heart attack, and is soon confined to a wheelchair while doctors wait for a suitable donor for a heart transplant. Tess takes this opportunity to finally start having that affair Gary's been talking ...
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A mother's love turns deadly in the wake of an organ transplant in the thriller Heart. Gary Ellis (Christopher Eccleston) is a businessman, while his wife Tess (Kate Hardie) works in television. Gary and Tess don't get along very well, largely because he's convinced she's having an affair. One day, Gary has a major heart attack, and is soon confined to a wheelchair while doctors wait for a suitable donor for a heart transplant. Tess takes this opportunity to finally start having that affair Gary's been talking about, with a writer named Alex (Rhys Ifans). One day, Gary is rushed to the hospital after Sean (Matthew Rhys), a teenage aspiring boxer, is brought to the emergency room near death. Sean dies, and his heart is transplanted to Gary. After recovery, Gary is a new man, and Tess is so delighted she gives Alex his walking papers. But then Sean's mother Maria (Saskia Reeves) enters the picture; while at first Gary wanted to know what sort of person's heart was beating in his chest, now Maria is trying to work her way into the Ellis's lives, certain her son's hopes and dreams now live on in Gary's chest. Shot in 1997, Heart didn't receive a release in Europe until 1999, though it did play several film festivals the previous year.
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The creative team behind one of England's best TV cop shows, Cracker (the intensely engaging original with Robbie Coltrane and not the dodgy American version), makes the leap to the big screen with Heart. The results are mixed as director Charles McDougall and writer Jimmy McGovern seem at odds in telling an intriguing story. Or several intriguing stories: the sagas of Gary (Christopher Eccleston), a toxically jealous husband, and Maria (Saskia Reeves), a grieving mother who turns psychotic after her son's accidental death. Using a fractured method of storytelling -- jarring flashbacks, blistering crosscutting between sequences -- McDougall and McGovern maintain a sense of momentum that is determined to get us back to the beginning so we can see exactly whose blood Maria is covered in. It's grim going all the way -- particularly during a medically explicit heart transplant scene -- and whomever at the studio labeled this a black comedy has an odd sense of humor. There are no laughs in it, unless you think the soundtrack songs with the word "heart" in them are funny and not just bad taste. Heart challenges the viewer to gut it out, so to speak, for a big payoff; and the final ten minutes is reminiscent of something Sam Peckinpah might have done in his Straw Dogs phase. Actually, the last five seconds of the film, the very last line, changes everything and makes you question all that has come before. It's one of those things that make you go "hmm."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/29/2002
  • UPC: 804868409278
  • Original Release: 1999
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  • Source: Spartan
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Dolby 5.1
  • Sound: Dolby Digital
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:21:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Christopher Eccleston Gary Ellis
Saskia Reeves Maria Ann McCardle
Kate Hardie Tess Ellis
Rhys Ifans Alex Madden
Anna Chancellor Nicola Farmer
Bill Paterson Kreitman
Matthew Rhys Sean McCardle
Jack Deam
Kate Rutter
Nicholas Moss
Paul Warriner
Maxine Burth
David Williamson
Alan Eccleston
Alison Swann
Technical Credits
Charles McDougall Director
Emma Bodger Asst. Director
Sue Booth Art Director
Julian Court Cinematographer
Pippa Cross Executive Producer
Diane Dancklefsen Art Director
Janette Day Executive Producer
Simone Ireland Casting
James Keast Costumes/Costume Designer
Beverley Keogh Casting
Barry Langley Asst. Director
Bob Last Musical Direction/Supervision
Edward Mansell Editor
Mickey McGovern Executive Producer
Jimmy McGovern Screenwriter
Gub Neal Executive Producer
Vanessa Pereira Casting
Chris Roope Production Designer
Bill Shephard Co-producer
Nicola Shindler Producer
Phil Smith Sound/Sound Designer
Stuart Walker Production Designer
Stephen Warbeck Score Composer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selection
1. Heart Attack! [6:47]
2. The Accident [4:46]
3. Change of Heart [7:30]
4. Good-bye Son [4:16]
5. Brand New Man [5:38]
6. The Trial [5:02]
7. Quite a Sportsman [7:17]
8. This Is Maria [8:52]
9. Caught on Tape [8:30]
10. The Dead Cat [11:02]
11. Give It to Me [9:02]
12. Credits [2:44]
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      Spanish: On
      Spanish: Off
   Special Features
      Trailer
      Director and Cast Filmographies
         Charles McDougall (Director)
         Christopher Eccleston
         Saskia Reeves
         Rhys Ifans
         Kate Hardie
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