Prelude to a Kiss

Prelude to a Kiss

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Director: Norman Rene

Cast: Alec Baldwin, Meg Ryan, Kathy Bates

     
 

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In this quirky romantic comedy about soul transference, Alec Baldwin plays Peter Hoskins, the straight-laced head of the microfiche department at a company that publishes scientific journals. When he meets a free-spirited, sleep-deprived bartender named Rita (Meg Ryan), the opposites attract and launch into a round-the-clock romance characterized by private jokes and… See more details below

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In this quirky romantic comedy about soul transference, Alec Baldwin plays Peter Hoskins, the straight-laced head of the microfiche department at a company that publishes scientific journals. When he meets a free-spirited, sleep-deprived bartender named Rita (Meg Ryan), the opposites attract and launch into a round-the-clock romance characterized by private jokes and an intense connection that defies description. When the two decide to marry, however, an unforeseeable cosmic occurrence entirely alters the nature of their relationship. Those who claim that marriage changes a person couldn't be more right in this case, as a confused old man (Sydney Walker) wanders into the wedding reception and plants a single kiss on the lips of the new bride. Longing for the youthfulness he sees in the happy couple, the man inadvertently causes the two to switch bodies during the smooch. Thinking no one will believe the story, Rita (now hidden inside a cancer-ridden octogenarian) leaves the premises before causing any more of a stir, while the old man in Rita's body is whisked off with Peter on their honeymoon before anyone is the wiser. Soon, Peter begins noticing that his new bride is an entirely different person, but can't figure out why -- and wonders if it's just a natural dose of cold feet. When he can no longer ignore the total dissimilarity, Peter begins suspecting that something supernatural has occurred, and wondering how he can restore his wife to her former self, especially when her body's new occupant resists the effort and goes on the lam. ~ Derek Armstrong

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Of all the movies about the old and young swapping bodies -- and there were too many to count in the late '80s and early '90s -- Prelude to a Kiss is both the most eccentric and the most satisfying. Because it has the courage to confound the viewer for much of the narrative, leaving Alec Baldwin to interact with an old man rather than the significantly cuter Meg Ryan, the film didn't really succeed and left a number of prominent critics cold. However, Craig Lucas' adaptation of his own stage play never wanted to be the kind of romantic comedy in which Ryan specializes, as evidenced by the off-kilter courtship between Baldwin and Ryan during the first act, which is notably free from "cute" moments. The leads strike up an odd rapport that is at first off-putting, then so unconventionally natural that it makes wonderful sense, showcasing an effortless chemistry between them. And so it is just a little disappointing when the two are separated by the mystical contrivance that fuels the rest of the plot. But Lucas and director Norman Rene are to be credited for exploring the choices Baldwin must confront, as a new husband who has promised to stay by his spouse "in sickness and in health," and, presumably, "in and out of body" as well. The screenplay's more overt contemplations about the yearning to walk in another's shoes are sometimes clunky, but the overall tone is refreshingly offbeat, making Prelude to a Kiss a curious and winning diversion from the mainstream.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/14/2003
UPC:
0024543008859
Original Release:
1992
Rating:
PG13
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:46:00

Special Features

Anamorphic widescreen [aspect ratio 1.85:1]; Interactive menus; Scene selection; Theatrical trailer; Audio: English 4.0 Surround, English Dolby Surround, French Dolby Surround; Subtitles: English, Spanish

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alec Baldwin Peter Hoskins
Meg Ryan Rita Boyle
Kathy Bates Leah Blier
Ned Beatty Dr. Boyle
Patty Duke Ms. Boyle
Sydney Walker Julius - The Old Man
Richard Riehle Jerry Blier
Stanley Tucci Taylor
Rocky Carroll Tom
Jobe Cerny Clerk
Peter Couch Piano Player
Andrew Fatta Hotel Band-Drums
Peter Hudson Hotel Band-Sax
Paul Hussey Hotel Band-Flute
Brian Jobson Hotel Band-Electric Guitar
Jason LaPadura Actor
Robert Lindo Hotel Band-Trombone
Eric Miller Hotel Band-Piano
Richard C.W. Schulz Party Goer
Ozzie Wilkins Hotel Band - Trumpet
Harold Williams Hotel Band-Bass
Upbeaters "Pool" Band
Debra Monk Aunt Dorothy
Ray Gill Uncle Fred
Ward Ohrman Minister
Annie Golden Tin Market Musician
Frank Carillo Tin Market Musician
Sally Murphy 1st Bridesmaid
Victoria Haas 3rd Bridesmaid
Fern Persons Elderly Woman
Josette di Carlo Mother in Train Station
Peter Lloyd Jamaican Waiter
Lucina Paquet Dancing Woman
Rob Riley Mr. Sokol
Glendon Gabbard Dancing Man
Jane Alderman Mrs. Sokol
Salli Richardson 2nd Bridesmaid

Technical Credits
Norman Rene Director,Co-producer
Cindy Carr Set Decoration/Design
Stefan Czapsky Cinematographer
Karen Fletcher-Trujillo Set Decoration/Design
W. Steven Graham Art Director
Michael Gruskoff Producer
Walter Hicklin Costumes/Costume Designer
Andrew Jackness Production Designer
Les Lazarowitz Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Levy Producer
Craig Lucas Co-producer,Screenwriter
Frank Miller Camera Operator
Jennifer Ogden Executive Producer
Susan Raney Set Decoration/Design
Stephen A. Rotter Editor
James J. Sabat Sound/Sound Designer
Deborah Schindler Associate Producer
Howard Shore Score Composer

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Scene Index

Side #1
0. Scene Selection
1. Main Titles [2:32]
2. Pete and Rita [3:57]
3. Rita The Bartender [1:29]
4. Getting To Know Someone [2:50]
5. Happiness [2:13]
6. Meeting The Parents [6:06]
7. A Wedding [2:30]
8. The Uninvited Guest [4:17]
9. A Different Rita [2:15]
10. Pete Is Concerned [4:21]
11. A Cruel Trick [:09]
12. Establishing Contact [6:17]
13. Runaway Rita [1:03]
14. Rita's New Family [5:34]
15. The Odd Couple [3:28]
16. The Meeting [2:51]
17. Back To Normal [3:51]
18. New Insights [2:34]
19. Together At Last [:06]
20. End Titles [5:15]

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