Playing by Heart

Playing by Heart

4.1 6
Director: Willard Carroll

Cast: Gillian Anderson, Angelina Jolie, Madeleine Stowe

     
 

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Playing by Heart may be the most basic DVD viewers will ever find. The package includes no commentary, behind-the-scenes footage, actor bios (which, admittedly, would have been a huge task with this cast), or even a theatrical trailer. The only extra features are English closed-captioning and a section titled "Recommendations," which simply displays the postersSee more details below

Overview

Playing by Heart may be the most basic DVD viewers will ever find. The package includes no commentary, behind-the-scenes footage, actor bios (which, admittedly, would have been a huge task with this cast), or even a theatrical trailer. The only extra features are English closed-captioning and a section titled "Recommendations," which simply displays the posters of six other Miramax films. The picture, with a 2.20:1 aspect ratio, and the Dolby Digital sound are both of the quality one expects from DVD -- not that this dialogue-heavy film pushes that quality to the limit. The main advantage this DVD holds over VHS is its well-divided chapter selection. With 43 chapters, including the credits, viewers have the option of watching the film's many story lines one at a time.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Clark
Willard Carroll's uneven but disarming L.A. tale does nothing new for the ensemble drama, and some of its actors come off better than others, but it remains heartfelt and suffused with noble intentions. The multi-character story line lacks the bravura touches of similar efforts by such directors as Robert Altman and Paul Thomas Anderson, but thankfully the film doesn't really aspire to be more than it is, which makes it more enjoyable than a more pretentious effort might be. The highlight of the fine cast is Angelina Jolie; her spirited and touching performance enriches the film's most intriguing story line, which depends almost exclusively on her undeniable spunk and appeal. Other plot lines are less effective (especially a nearly unnecessary AIDS tale that feels instantly dated and overly sentimental), and Carroll's writing sometimes lacks the assurance it needs to truly convey its points about fate and happenstance, but the film is agreeable entertainment throughout.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/17/1999
UPC:
0717951002112
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
R
Source:
Miramax
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time:
2:01:00

Special Features

Widescreen [2.20:1]; Dolby Digital 5.1 audio; Chapter search

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gillian Anderson Meredith
Angelina Jolie Joan
Madeleine Stowe Gracie
Ellen Burstyn Actor
Sean Connery Paul
Anthony Edwards Actor
Jay Mohr Mark
Ryan Phillippe Kenan
Dennis Quaid Hugh
Gena Rowlands Hanna
Jon Stewart Trent
Amanda Peet Amber

Technical Credits
Willard Carroll Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Kurt Albrecht Co-producer
John Barry Score Composer
Guy East Executive Producer
Paul Feldsher Executive Producer
April Ferry Costumes/Costume Designer
Meg Liberman Producer
Pietro Scalia Editor
Timothy R. Sexton Musical Direction/Supervision
Nigel Sinclair Executive Producer
Missy Stewart Production Designer
Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer
Bob Weinstein Executive Producer
Thomas L. Wilhite Producer
Vilmos Zsigmond Cinematographer

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Scene Index

Side #1
0. Chapter Selection
1. Program Start [:15]
2. "Talking About Love" [1:02]
3. Opening Credits [1:51]
4. Hannah and Paul [1:37]
5. Meredith/Gracie [2:10]
6. "Alone in Hell" [3:18]
7. "In the Kitchen" [1:07]
8. "My Small Crowd" [2:18]
9. "Meet the Architect" [1:37]
10. "As If Nothing's Changed" [:53]
11. Negotiations [3:00]
12. Cheats [2:25]
13. "Good Riddance to Harry" [3:45]
14. "Intercourse, PA" [1:40]
15. "Not Very Good at This" [2:21]
16. The Game [2:07]
17. "My House Is Black Tie" [2:55]
18. "My Better Half" [3:23]
19. "Without Baggage" [1:18]
20. The Monologue [3:21]
21. "Feeling Inadequate" [5:37]
22. "It Wasn't an Affair" [:59]
23. "A Newish Twist" [2:05]
24. "And You Didn't Want To" [3:02]
25. "Message Received" [2:41]
26. "Three Sheets to the Wind" [4:05]
27. "The Old You" [2:29]
28. "Don't Bring the Dog" [2:31]
29. "Do You Dream?" [2:27]
30. Dancing About Architecture [2:47]
31. "Better at Lies" [4:12]
32. "Damaged Goods" [2:13]
33. Giving It a Try [3:01]
34. "Goodnight Moon" [1:43]
35. "Love Each Other Forever" [3:34]
36. "The Right Choice" [4:14]
37. Taking Direction [4:23]
38. "Like His Mother Again" [4:08]
39. "Sleeping Arrangements" [3:23]
40. Family [1:22]
41. Vows [3:54]
42. "Hell of an Imagination" [:03]
43. End Credits [1:33]

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