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Dying Young (1991)

Julia Roberts , Campbell Scott , Joel Schumacher  |  R |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Julia Roberts, Campbell Scott, Vincent D'Onofrio, Colleen Dewhurst, David Selby
  • Directors: Joel Schumacher
  • Writers: Marti Leimbach, Richard Friedenberg
  • Producers: Duncan Henderson, Kevin McCormick, Mauri Syd Gayton, Sally Field
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 3, 2004
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00013RC7A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,021 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dying Young" on IMDb

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  • Making-of featurette

Editorial Reviews

With little money, a poor education and no luck when it comes to love, Hilary O'Neil (Roberts) answers a want ad and finds her whole world suddenly changed. Hired as the caretaker to a seriously ill young man (Scott), she unexpectedly discovers they have much in common, even though he is wealthy and intelligent. Their growing friendship quietly develops into a deep and powerful romance that ultimately tests the boundaries of true love.

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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heart-breaking Melodrama September 6, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
What got me into this movie was actually the theme "I'll Never Leave You" written by Kenny G and James Newton Howard. The beautiful yet melancholy melody delineates a heart-breaking story about a wealthy young lukemia patient, Victor's (Campbell Scott) final stage of life with a surrogate nurse Hillary (Julia Roberts).
Recognized of his soon demise, Victor makes the most out of limited lifetime through teaching art and making himself happy. Woven with nurse Hillary, Victor realizes being strong and living life to the full is what really matters. The movie is filled with touching life struggle battling the disease, and also bittersweet conversations among the tormented couple.
Scenes and music are both incredible and well-matched. It will touch your soul and prompt you re-evaluate your own life.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dying Young December 26, 1999
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Format:VHS Tape
I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. It is one to watch over and over again. If you are in the mood to laugh and cry at the same time, this is the movie for you.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Absolutely Beautiful Love Story! April 1, 2003
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"Dying Young" is one of the most beautiful love stories I have ever seen on film! The story centers around a woman (Julia Roberts) who is hired to take care of a cancer patient (Campbell Scott). When they first meet, they don't have the greatest respect for each other. Through time they both teach each other incredible things and eventually fall in love. What makes this movie so heart-breaking is Campbell Scott's refusal to continue his cancer treatment towards the end of the movie. I won't tell you what happens at the end, but believe me, you'll need plenty of kleenex - remember, crying doesn't necessarily mean a bad ending. :)
I would highly recommend this film. The characters are great, the casting is wonderful, especially the incomparable Colleen Dewhurst (Campbell Scott's real mother), and the film leaves you with a true feeling of hope and that all things are possible. Watch this film, you won't be disappointed!!!!!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great performances by both stars January 31, 2001
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Dyeing Young is one of my top 3 favorite movies of all time. I have seen it numerous times and still get impressed with both Julia Roberts and Campbell Scott's performance in the movie. I loved everything about it.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Touching and romantic August 3, 2002
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Initially I was a little disappointed that the story didn't go deep enough, but as time goes on, I find myself feeling very fond of the movie.
Hillary O'Neil (Julia Roberts) needs a job and a place to live, and so interviews for a live-in position taking care of a sick person in the ultra-wealthy neighborhood of Nob Hill in San Francisco. The job calls for some nursing skills, which she doesn't have. She flunks the interview. However, the young man who is sick, Victor Geddes (Campbell Scott), is secretly watching the interview. He overrides the interviewer and hires her. The job pays $400.00 a week, plus room and meals, which for Hillary is the good life.
Victor, Geddes Hillary learns, is a Phd. student in art history who has completed everything but his thesis. His thesis is about two, or several, German impressionists. He shows Hillary slides of their paintings. The artists were obsessed with the women they were painting. One of the artists, Clint, has a number of paintings of a thin woman with big, flaming red hair.
The connection between Hillary and the red head in Clint's paintings wasn't pulled off very well. We still feel like Victor hired Hillary mostly for her looks, independent of anything else. It still comes off more as a coincidence than one of the reasons he hired her.
Hillary comes from a background where she worked in Diners, parties in clubs and discos and sleeps with construction workers. Victor comes from a background that included butlers, personal assistants, never learning to drive because his family employed a full-time driver. The two have a lot to learn from each other.
She doesn't know what she got herself in for. Victor has Leukemia.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
"Dying Young," based on the novel of the same name by Marti Leimbach, follows the adventures of Oakland native Hilary O'Neil (a luminous Julia Roberts), a beautiful and frustrated young woman who lives at home with her annoying mother (a woefully underutilized Ellen Burstyn). Hilary's struck out on both a satisfying career and her love life. Determined to move out from under her mother's grasp, she answers a newspaper ad for someone with medical experience. She trudges up Nob Hill in a super-short miniskirt and red heels to discover her would-be employer Victor is a wealthy, intelligent recluse (Campbell Scott, son of George C. and Colleen Dewhurst) with recurring leukemia. Victor has been through bouts of chemo in-between remissions for the last ten years, and he's looking for a nurse to care for him during the latest round of treatment.

I had a former teacher and friend die from adult-onset leukemia ten years ago, and I felt that the film does a decent job at scratching the surface of the physical and mental suffering that chemo induces. Chemo basically loads a person with a cocktail of poisons in the hope of killing off the cancer before it kills off the patient. Side effects include brutal nausea and vomiting (although there are newer and more effective antiemetics in the two decades since this was filmed), mouth sores, numerous digestive problems (the chemo solutions frequently damage the GI tract), a flu-like syndrome (fever and chills), joint and muscle pain, weight loss, insomnia, and impotence. Those who are squeamish may find it difficult to watch several scenes of chemo-induced vomiting and other graphic side effects.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 month ago by bailey58
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Got what I ordered, I'm happy
Published 2 months ago by Jo B.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
My mom loved it
Published 2 months ago by Darnay Curry
5.0 out of 5 stars Should Have A Director's Cut
I heard Julia Roberts was disappointed with the film, though I very much enjoyed it. A lot of what's in the trailer isn't in the film, so I imagine Julia's disdain had a lot to do... Read more
Published 5 months ago by SunnyATL
5.0 out of 5 stars Our life
This story was like my life for the last few years.
Except the roll was reversed, my wife was Campbell Scott and I was Julia Roberts. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Karl Brammer
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and Grounding
This movie reminds the viewer how fragile life is, and how valuable and worthful it can be to be able to let go of our pre-dispositioned attitudes
Published 8 months ago by Jeff Smo
4.0 out of 5 stars dying Young movie
Giving it as a Christmas gift. I have watched it before and it is very touching. Julia Roberts is a great actress.
Published 10 months ago by Barb White
5.0 out of 5 stars the movie and the best
it make me cry about campbell so dying so young.. and glad that julia take a good care of him
Published 12 months ago by john yassney
5.0 out of 5 stars At last on blu-ray!
Classic hits such as these deserve the transfer to blu-ray to thoroughly enjoy all the film has to offer; Julia at her most beautiful and lush landscapes of the Californian... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Tjump
4.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming
I saw this movie several years ago but wanted it for my "library".
Great movie when you're in one of "those" moods..... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Patti
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