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Heartburn (1986)

A food writer pregnant with her second baby finds out her husband is having an affair.

Director:

Mike Nichols

Writers:

Nora Ephron (novel), Nora Ephron (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Meryl Streep ... Rachel
Jack Nicholson ... Mark
Jeff Daniels ... Richard
Maureen Stapleton ... Vera
Stockard Channing ... Julie
Richard Masur ... Arthur
Catherine O'Hara ... Betty
Steven Hill ... Rachel's Father
Milos Forman ... Dmitri
Mamie Gummer ... Annie (as Natalie Stern)
Karen Akers Karen Akers ... Thelma Rice
Aida Linares Aida Linares ... Juanita
Anna Maria Horsford ... Della
Ron McLarty ... Detective O'Brien
Kenneth Welsh ... Dr. Appel
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Storyline

An autobiographical look at the breakup of Ephron's marriage to Carl "All the President's Men" Bernstein that was also a best-selling novel. The Ephron character, Rachel is a food writer at a New York magazine who meets Washington columnist Mark at a wedding and ends up falling in love with him despite her reservations about marriage. They buy a house, have a daughter, and Rachel thinks they are living happily ever after until she discovers that Mark is having an affair while she is waddling around with a second pregnancy. Written by Lisa Todorovich

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So This Is Love? See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 July 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El difícil arte de amar See more »

Filming Locations:

Alexandria, Virginia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$25,314,289
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Company Credits

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Jack Nicholson's performance of "Soliloquy" ("My Boy Bill"), from Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Carousel", is a nod to Writer Nora Ephron's parents, Henry Ephron and Phoebe Ephron, who wrote the screenplay for the musical film Carousel (1956), which was also produced by Henry Ephron. See more »

Goofs

After saying she was making a key lime pie for dinner, Rachel is seen at a produce dept buying regular limes, rather than key limes. See more »

Quotes

Mark Forman: What the fuck was that?
Rachel Samstat: He has cancer.
Mark Forman: Bullshit.
Rachel Samstat: Mark.
Mark Forman: It's bullshit!
Rachel Samstat: People don't lie about things like that.
Mark Forman: Contractors lie about everything. What'd he say, "I have cancer"?
Rachel Samstat: Exactly.
Mark Forman: Well, he probable meant that "he" has cancer.
Rachel Samstat: Who?
[...]
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Connections

References Mephisto (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Baby, It's Cold Outside
Written by Frank Loesser
Performed by Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson
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1986, a vintage year for things in general
22 September 2015 | by robertkstephenSee all my reviews

i've got an option facing me of moving my mouse along an array of ten stars that will as intended accurately describe my emotional and critical response to this film. so i'll save myself the trouble of nitpicking and bitshing about this and that and give it a straight ten.

a vintage '80's movie , with scenes of eastern airlines and such , and a very nice closing scene of an eal dc-9 taking off whafting behind it a trail of burnt oil , to the soundtrack of carly simon's itchy bitchy spider (someone said joni mitchell, probably still under the influence of '60's acid). some movies you remember by little things like these - they have no direct influence on plot or screenplay, and yet they're worth gold , a photoflick you'll treasure. 1986 was a good year , and this film has an almost documentary value for those who appreciate the vintage.


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