1994   USA When a Man Loves a Woman
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Director:Luis Mandoki
Studio:Walt Disney Video
Writer:Ronald Bass, Al Franken
IMDb Rating:6.2 (9,193 votes)
Awards:3 nominations
Duration:126 min
Luis Mandoki  ...  (Director)
Ronald Bass, Al Franken  ...  (Writer)
Andy Garcia  ...  Michael Green
Meg Ryan  ...  Alice Green
Ellen Burstyn  ...  Emily
Tina Majorino  ...  Jessica Green
Mae Whitman  ...  Casey Green
Lauren Tom  ...  Amy
Philip Seymour Hoffman  ...  Gary
Eugene Roche  ...  Walter
Gail Strickland  ...  Pam
Steven Brill  ...  Madras tie guy
Susanna Thompson  ...  Janet
Erinn Canavan  ...  Shannon
LaTanya Richardson  ...  Dr. Gina Mendez
Bari K. Willerford  ...  Malcolm
James Jude Courtney  ...  Earl
Lajos Koltai  ...  Cinematographer
Summary: When a Man Loves a Woman is a dumb title (not another classic pop song, please) for a very smart movie. A kind of gender-switch take on The Lost Weekend, it's about a woman (Meg Ryan) whose alcoholism almost destroys her family. That may sound like just another TV movie, but When a Man Loves a Woman is so authentic in detail and emotion, that everything about it seems fresh, urgent, and engrossing. That's because the film is grounded in the actual experience of co-writer Al Franken (assisted by Rain Man scripter Ronald Bass). Franken is best known for his affiliation with Saturday Night Live and Politically Incorrect, and as the author of Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot, and Other Observations. You may recall that Franken is the creator of Stuart Smalley, 12-step programmer extraordinaire. Well, if you want to know how Stuart was born, you can start here. This is no comedy, however. In fact, one of the most painful realizations comes when attractive, "good-time girl" Alice Green (Ryan) and her husband (Andy Garcia) begin to realize how much of a role alcohol played in their marriage and in bringing them together in the first place. The issues and experiences confronted in this movie go far beyond the stuff you see on Oprah. --Jim Emerson

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