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Three of Hearts

Overview

A new '90s expressiveness regarding homosexuality in movies is gently mined for laughs in this 1993 comedy that predates the similar but much more raw Chasing Amy and slightly more humorous Threesome. With her straight greasy hair, semi-paranoid outlook, and leather jacket she wears like a shield, Connie (Kelly Lynch) already seems a bit unhinged. Then her girlfriend, Ellen (Sherilyn Fenn), breaks up their relationship and Connie loses it. In her grief, she hits upon a bizarre plan: Why not hire male prostitute ...
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Overview

A new '90s expressiveness regarding homosexuality in movies is gently mined for laughs in this 1993 comedy that predates the similar but much more raw Chasing Amy and slightly more humorous Threesome. With her straight greasy hair, semi-paranoid outlook, and leather jacket she wears like a shield, Connie (Kelly Lynch) already seems a bit unhinged. Then her girlfriend, Ellen (Sherilyn Fenn), breaks up their relationship and Connie loses it. In her grief, she hits upon a bizarre plan: Why not hire male prostitute Joe (William Baldwin) to seduce Ellen, then break her heart? Wouldn't that make Ellen rush back into Connie's arms? Of course not. For one thing, Joe's life is complicated by his protective yet sinister pimp (Joe Pantoliano) and a thug who mistakenly believes Joe set him up for a prison sentence. And Joe and Ellen fall in love. Yet an odd, sibling-like friendship develops between Joe and Connie that steers them through the repercussions of Ellen's discovery of their deceit, the thug's attack on Joe, and Joe's desire to give up prostitution. By the story's end, they've lost Ellen, but they have one another, and have learned to step beyond the protective relationships they have lost. Three of Hearts solidified William Baldwin's ascent to leading-man status (along with brothers Stephen and Alec) after 1991's Backdraft. ~ Nick Sambides, Jr.
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Three of Hearts is a film that doesn't explore homosexuality and its repercussions (like fellow 1990s romantic comedies Chasing Amy and Threesome) as much as it uses them, usually to good effect, as a new hook to a story about how emotionally damaged people find the strength to move beyond limiting relationships. Connie (Kelly Lynch) is devastated when her lover, Ellen (Sherilyn Fenn), ends their relationship, hinting that she finds Connie a bit suffocating. Joe (William Baldwin) is a surprisingly sensitive gigolo who loves the power he has to seduce women, but who leans on his sublimely sinister pimp (Joe Pantoliano) for protection and guidance. The story line that brings Joe to the ladies -- Connie's plot to drive Ellen back to her by hiring Joe to break Ellen's heart -- would feel like a mere Hollywood plot contrivance, but screenplay writers Adam Greenman and Mitch Glazer and director Yurek Bogayevicz knowingly establish the characters' lives and situation. And Kelly Lynch does such a good job playing Connie's alternately comic and tragic desperation at the loss of her lover that the bait-and-switch scam seems an understandable ploy. This isn't a movie loaded with great love scenes or punch lines, but it doesn't need them. Good romantic comedies don't have to be about great loves or laughs to be effective, they just have to give you a sense of an emotional journey completed or a lesson learned. Three of Hearts does that, and that's why it works.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/17/1995
  • UPC: 794043403439
  • Original Release: 1993
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  • Source: New Line Home Video
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
William Baldwin Joe Casella
Kelly Lynch Connie
Sherilyn Fenn Ellen
Joe Pantoliano Mickey
Gail Strickland Yvonne
Cec Verrell Allison
Claire Callaway Isabella
Tony Amendola Harvey
Annette Benson
Lara Flynn Boyle
Penny Perry Davis
Joshua Grenrock Photographer
Marek Johnson Gail
Monique Mannen Daphne
Frank Ray Perilli Patient
Keith MacKechnie Frankie
Ann Ryerson Woman Auditioning
Gloria Gifford Miss Operator
Jill Jaress Operator
Ken Magee Operator
Lin Shaye Operator
Aleksandra Kaniak Bride
Mitchell Group Elevator Operator
Tawny Kitaen Woman in Bar
Julie Lott Nurse
Jan A.P. Kaczmarek
Technical Credits
Yurek Bogayevicz Director
Annette Benson Casting
Nelson Coates Production Designer
Guido de Curtis Set Decoration/Design
Donna Evans Stunts
C. Gallo Camera Operator
Richard Gibbs Score Composer
Mitch Glazer Screenwriter
Adam Greenman Original Story
Stephen Halbert Sound Mixer, Sound/Sound Designer
Douglas Hall Art Director
Hannah Hempstead Co-producer
Dennis M. Hill Editor
Suzanne Hines Editor
Sharon Ilson Makeup
Matthew Irmas Producer
Joe Jackson Score Composer
Michael Levine Camera Operator
Josh Medak Camera Operator
Joel B. Michaels Producer
Eric Norris Stunts
David Permut Executive Producer
Penny Perry Casting
Bob Ragazzine Camera Operator
John Robotham Stunts
Elliot Lewis Rosenblatt Production Manager
Mark G. Roswell Musical Direction/Supervision
William Sarokin Sound Mixer
Andrzej Sekula Cinematographer
Paul Short Stunts
John Sosenko Camera Operator
Linda Sutton Set Decoration/Design
Karen Teicher Associate Producer
Barbara Tfank Costumes/Costume Designer
Lisa Zimble Asst. Director
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