Return to Me

Return to Me

4.7 40

Cast: Bonnie Hunt, David Duchovny, Minnie Driver, Jim Belushi

     
 

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Bonnie Hunt's warmhearted romantic fable Return to Me comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. A closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, while a Spanish soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Surround. Spanish and French subtitles are accessible.See more details below

Overview

Bonnie Hunt's warmhearted romantic fable Return to Me comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. A closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, while a Spanish soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Surround. Spanish and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by Hunt and co-writer Don Lake, a music video, and a deleted scene featuring Carroll O'Connor, whose last film this was. This is a very strong disc from MGM/UA.In this romantic comedy, a man loses the love of his life, only to find her heart beating in the body of someone new. Architect Bob Rueland (David Duchovny) is happily married until his wife Elizabeth (Joely Richardson), a zoologist, dies in an auto accident. A year later, Bob is still dealing with his loss when he meets Grace Briggs (Minnie Driver), a shy woman who waits tables in an Irish/Italian restaurant run by her grandfather Marty (Carroll O'Connor). Bob falls for Grace at first sight, and she's attracted to him as well, but what he doesn't know is that a year ago Grace was the recipient of a heart transplant -- and that Elizabeth was the donor. Return to Me was directed and co-written by actress Bonnie Hunt, who also appears in a supporting role as Grace's best friend Megan; the cast also includes Robert Loggia, James Belushi, and David Alan Grier.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Amy Robinson
Actress Bonnie Hunt, whose resume includes work in such films such as Jerry Maguire and The Green Mile as well as two critically acclaimed but short-lived TV series, makes her directorial debut with this romantic comedy about the joys of family and the heartaches of organ donations. David Duchovny stars as a grieving widower who finds love with a kindly waitress played by Minnie Driver and her eccentric extended family. All the while he has no idea she was the recipient of his dead wife's heart. While Duchovny exudes a low-key comedic charm and Driver a quirky vulnerability, Return to Me really shines in its ensemble work. The true highlights here are Hunt's own subplot as the wife of blustery but gentle Jim Belushi and the long-awaited return of Carroll O'Connor to the big screen. Well observed, consistently amusing, and often touching, Return to Me is a love letter to its characters and to the city of Chicago.
All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
The directorial debut of respected actress Bonnie Hunt, Return to Me is a polished and skillfully realized romantic comedy that literally reverses the tearjerker formula by placing its tragic death at the film's beginning rather than the conclusion. Instead of a tale of doomed romance, Hunt has created (with her writing partner Don Lake, who also appears in a humorous cameo), a story that's not exactly the high-concept Hollywood standard: the journey of two people slowly and intelligently putting their lives back together. The director, who cast the film with many of her personal friends from the acting community, pulls fully engaged, grounded performances from her film's protagonists, David Duchovny and Minnie Driver. Driver has earned her chops in this genre with hits such as Circle of Friends (1995) and Grosse Pointe Blank (1997), but Duchovny, noted for his trademark icy reserve, is a revelation as a man with a deeply painful emotional life. An underrated gem that deserved more attention from critics and audiences, Return to Me marks the freshman project of a filmmaker with a promising future behind the camera.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/31/2000
UPC:
0027616853417
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
PG
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time:
1:56:00

Special Features

Audio commentary by Bonnie Hunt and Don Lake; "What if I Loved You" music video; Deleted scene featuring Carroll O'Connor

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
David Duchovny Bob Rueland
Minnie Driver Grace Briggs
Jim Belushi Joe Dayton
Bonnie Hunt Megan Dayton
Chris Barnes Jeff
David Alan Grier Charlie Johnson
Carroll O'Connor Marty O’Reilly
Holly Biniak Big Hair
Eddie Jones Emmett McFadden
LaTaunya Bounds Zebra Girl
Robert Loggia Angelo Pardipillo
Marianne Muellerleile Sophie
Jack Cooper Ballroom Bartender
Dick Cusack Mr. Bennington
Joely Richardson Elizabeth Rueland
Rudy Gabor Italian Singer
Romano Ghini Cappucino Man
Joey Gian Singer
Austin Samuel Hibbs Austin Dayton
Brian Howe Mike
Alice Hunt Nancy
Carol Hunt Nurse Alice
Kevin Hunt ER Doctor
Patrick Hunt Danny
Tom Hunt Tom
Walter Jacobs M.C.
Franklin E. Jones Chester
Claire Lake ER Nurse
Don Lake Transplant Man
Laura Larsen Laura Dayton
Tim O'Malley Patrick
David Pasquesi Tony
Karson Pound Karson Dayton
Angelo Ricco Italian Singer
Paola Sebastiani Nurse
Tom Senderak Paramedic
Peter B. Spector Valet Guy
Tyler Spitzer Tyler Dayton
Adam Tanguay Adam Dayton
Harry Teinowitz Ice Cream Clerk
Jennie Lew-Tugend Paramedic
Tamara Tungate Celia
Becky Veduccio Shari
Tom Virtue Dr. Senderak
Lilliana Vitale Nun
Darryl Warren Father Rudy
Holly Wortell Marsha
William Zirko Italian Singer
William Bronder Wally Jatczak
Alan Gresik's Swing Shift Orchestra AG Orchestra
Lindsey Allen Delivery Girl
Gabriella Arena Nun
Edward Ballog Italian Singer

Technical Credits
Bonnie Hunt Director,Original Story,Screenwriter
Artist Robinson Asst. Director
Lis Bothwell Costumes/Costume Designer
Garth Craven Editor
Daniel Clancy Set Decoration/Design
C.O. Erickson Executive Producer
Mali Finn Casting
Samantha Goodman Original Story
Melanie Greene Executive Producer
Robert Grieve Sound Editor
Laszlo Kovacs Cinematographer
David W. Krummel Art Director
Don Lake Original Story,Screenwriter
Nicholas Pike Score Composer
Kerry Sanders Set Decoration/Design
Andrew Stern Original Story
Brent Thomas Production Designer
Jennie Lew Tugend Producer

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Scene Index

Scene Selections.
0. Scene Selections.
1. Logo/Main Title. [3:18]
2. Rehearsal With Sydney. [1:24]
3. Mel Waits. [1:39]
4. Fundraising. [1:40]
5. A Bad Heart. [1:39]
6. A Sizable Donation. [4:25]
7. Heart Trauma. [:57]
8. The Call. [2:59]
9. "She's Not Coming Home." [2:24]
10. Waiting/The New Heart. [3:33]
11. Best Male Singer. [4:19]
12. A Great Listener. [1:37]
13. To Mail Or Not. [4:20]
14. Old Habits Die Hard. [3:23]
15. The Ticket. [3:40]
16. Dating Hell. [10:56]
17. Meet The Ex-Priest. [4:13]
18. "His Wife Is Dead." [2:07]
19. The Shower Cap. [3:44]
20. "It's Like A Garden." [2:06]
21. First Date. [5:01]
22. Senior Bowling. [4:17]
23. Frankie's Magic. [4:00]
24. "He's No Joe." [6:35]
25. The Revelation, Part I. [1:01]
26. What Was God Thinking?. [5:36]
27. The Revelation, Part II. [1:37]
28. When In Rome... . [5:56]
29. A Heart At Home. [3:09]
30. ...Do As The Romans Do. [4:21]
31. For Elizabeth. [2:45]
32. End Credits. [2:10]

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