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Falling in Love (1984)

Robert De Niro , Meryl Streep , Ulu Grosbard  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (361 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep, Harvey Keitel, Jane Kaczmarek, George Martin
  • Directors: Ulu Grosbard
  • Writers: Michael Cristofer
  • Producers: Marvin Worth, Robert F. Colesberry
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: January 15, 2002
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (361 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005S6K6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,291 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Multiple Academy Award Winners Robert De Niro and Meryl Streep are together again for the first time since The Deer Hunter. In Falling In Love they play Frank Raftis and Molly Gilmore, two everyday people who meet first by chance, and later by choice. There's just one thing standing between Frank and Molly's intense, newfound love-both are already married. It's a genuine modern dilemma, and De Niro, Streep and a fine supporting cast bring the story to life with flair and sensitivity.

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131 of 133 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Love of the Heart April 24, 2005
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There is a romantic glow to this very undervalued film. It is a throwback to films of the 40's and 50's. Robert DeNiro and Meryl Streep give old style performances to match the story's atmosphere, which is sweet and sentimental. It does not make light of the subject matter of having an affair but instead is a film about finding love itself. In keeping with that theme, the romantic feelings of the two leads are never allowed to reach their natural conclusion. The love that gently blossoms is one of the heart.

Frank Raftis (DeNiro) and Molly Gilmore (Streep) are going about their mundane and uninspiring lives amidst the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season in New York when they literally run into each other at a bookshop. Both are married and when they meet again on the train to work, a friendship begins. Even the small prospect of riding to work together is handled gingerly as both are good people who would not want to hurt their spouses.

As they become more dependent on each other the moral dilema escalates. There are charming scenes as each almost misses the train, and the chance to talk. Her father is sick and Molly's response is to call Frank. It is the little things that separate this film from others. Frank and Molly fall in love for the reason we all do; because of how we feel about ourselves when we are with that person.

When they finally can not stand it anymore they have a clumsy and aborted attempt at making love. Both DeNiro and Streep are wonderful at capturing the moral dilema of two people already married who have found the love of their life. Dianne Wiest has a nice turn as Molly's best friend Isabelle and Harvey Keitel as DeNiro's pal Ed is engaging.
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
I have a certain fondness for this movie, and twenty years later, it still gets to me. I first saw this movie in a theater during a bleak Chicago winter, and the coziness of this romantic fable warmed me at the right time. Meryl Streep and Robert DeNiro - probably at the height of their respective careers in 1984 as respected, Method-style actors and bankable stars - have certainly had more challenging roles to play than the two married suburbanites here, Molly and Frank, who develop a strong attachment to one another by way of train rides back and forth from Westchester to Manhattan. In fact, this movie does not even have the emotional gravity of Noel Coward's "Brief Encounter", which screenwriter Michael Cristopher is apparently mimicking with a mid-eighties sensibility. There are even excellent actors in supporting roles - Harvey Keitel as Frank's best friend going through his own transition, Dianne Wiest as Molly's sex-obsessed best friend, Jane Kaczmarek as Frank's content but guarded wife, David Clennon as Molly's emotionally unavailable husband - but none are given much to do, other than to be left to their own unstated thoughts and observe what's going on with the main characters.

Yet the film has a certain pervasive charm and a subtle sense of intimacy that makes it seem more substantial than it has any right to be. There is a certain improvisational element to the two lead performances that contributes to this feeling and makes the characters easy to like despite upscale lifestyles that appear more appropriate in a Pottery Barn catalog. You do believe these two characters are hesitantly falling in love, and the scene where they try to make love for the first time has an aching honesty that deepens the story at the right moment.
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flawless acting July 3, 2002
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The acting that De Niro and Streep exercise within this film is truly exemplary, proving once again (The Deer Hunter) that the chemistry between the two is so powerful. They don't need to be talking in order to show it either. The amount of emotion that Streep and De Niro convey within a subtle face gesture is enormous. There remains no doubt within my mind that true lovers of the acting craft will appreciate their skill within this gem of a film. Everything about their acting makes this story so credible-- that extraordinary love can flourish and blossom among two everyday people who are currently living within two decent, good marriages.
No, this will not be the De Niro you may see in your hard core gangster filck, but that's just a sign of a great method actor! De Niro is man of many faces and emotions! He's not simply playing himself in all his roles, as opposed to many other actors. He pulls this role off brilliantly!
Bottom line: If you appreciate great acting, and are a romantic at heart, you will not be disappointed with this film. I hope that De Niro and Streep make another movie together!
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Love is more than an emotion... It's above all, the substance of our being, the gift of oneself...

We all want to fall in love... We all want to be caught up out of our ordinary life... Maybe because it is the only true adventure, maybe because that experience makes us feel completely alive... It may only last a moment, an hour, an afternoon, but that doesn't diminish its value, because we are left with memories that we treasure for the rest of our lives...

Here, Merryl Streep and DeNiro are the kind of people who are ready to take action on an opportunity... Following a chance meeting in a bookshop, pre-Xmas, the two central characters find themselves inexplicably drawn to each other... But both are married... She has a husband, he has a wife and two lovely kids...

Both are meant to be together but they are inexperienced, uptight... And neither really knows what to do with his fear, shyness, hesitation, and confusion... On this thread of plot hangs a nice romantic film where two super stars combined their talent to conquer a dry script...

Director Ulu Grosbard makes sure there are plenty of subway stations, trains, hot dogs, coffee, driving rainstorm, two adjacent pay phones, walks through the streets, swelling music, and much more for the lovers to get romantic over... His motion picture is strictly traditional, which makes his sensitive film something fresh and entertaining...
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Published 3 days ago by RoseAnn Roth
4.0 out of 5 stars Falling in Love
Nice to see Meryl Streep and De Niro when they were young.
Published 3 days ago by bettej
2.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't play it on my DVD and/or VHS. Whichever ...
Couldn't play it on my DVD and/or VHS. Whichever one it was. Sent it back. Was not aware it was for Region 2 when I purchased it.
Published 4 days ago by Donna S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the Movie!!
I have always loved this movie, and I was so happy the day that it was delivered to me!
Published 8 days ago by Sharon Harris
1.0 out of 5 stars I hate it
one of the worst movies I have ever seen
Published 8 days ago by zoya shahrivari
This is one of those quiet little movies that just makes me happy when I watch it. Since it is started, and ends, around Christmas, I always watch it then. Read more
Published 15 days ago by V. Looney
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful movie I could
Wonderful movie I could watch over and over and over and over, thanks to the magnificent co-stars who each look like a million bucks. Read more
Published 16 days ago by J. D. Sarmiento
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 24 days ago by Maurisa Sharp
4.0 out of 5 stars The story line is good. the acting is spot on
This is a real "feel good" movie. No spoiler on what the plot is. Just know going in that you will be entertained and your mood will be lightened. Read more
Published 26 days ago by barbara270
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Horrible. Horrible music. And immoral story line. Even for Meryl, it's a low.
Published 27 days ago by Anna
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