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Heart Burn (1986)

Meryl Streep , Jack Nicholson , Mike Nichols  |  R |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Meryl Streep, Jack Nicholson, Jeff Daniels, Maureen Stapleton, Stockard Channing
  • Directors: Mike Nichols
  • Writers: Nora Ephron
  • Producers: Mike Nichols, Joel Tuber, Robert Greenhut
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: July 6, 2004
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000228EGS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,293 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Heart Burn" on IMDb

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A magazine writer gives up her career for love and a family only to have her playboy newspaper columnist husband cheat on her.
Item Type: DVD Movie
Item Rating: R
Street Date: 01/17/06
Wide Screen: yes
Director Cut: no
Special Edition: no
Language: ENGLISH
Foreign Film: noSubtitles: no
Dubbed: no
Full Frame: no
Re-Release: no
Packaging: Sleeve

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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really, my all-time favorite. March 31, 2005
My husbands laughs when I say a movie is my favorite(I have many favorites), but this one really is. I also love to read and what sets this adaptation apart is the way the two complement eachother,truly brilliant. The movie adds elements that the book didn't dwell on and the book covers all the details that movies just can't. Some movies can touch your heart in such a way that they leave you a bit raw. For me, this is one of those movies. No, it may not be a cinematic event for all, but for those who have loved with their whole heart and have been (or even risked) being hurt, you will find a good laugh and a few tears here. Only Nora Ephron herself could have wrote a screenplay that complemented her novel so well, and thankfully Mike Nichols brought it to life in such a way. Meryl Streep really is at her best here and the whole cast is excellent. I really do love this movie, it always amazes me that it is so underrated. Give it a try.
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39 of 45 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Much Better Than I Expected October 2, 2004
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I avoided this movie when it was released because I couldn't imagine that a film based on the marital breakup of Nora Ephron and Carl Bernstein would interest me. Although I am an admirer of both these folks for their talents as writers, I had always agreed with Richard Burton when he said, when asked if he would be writing about his marriage and breakup with Elizabeth Taylor, that even though love might be dead, that it wasn't for sale. Be that as it may, this movie is certainly worth seeing. Although the plot is a little thin, there are some very funny moments. (Whether some of the events actually happened in the Bernstein/Ephron saga doesn't matter.) Any film directed by Mike Nichols, starring Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson, with cinematography by Nestor Amendros is well worth seeing.

Both Ms. Ephron and the viewer have the last laugh.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So Thrash! October 15, 2003
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This movie is one of the most phenomenal pitures I have ever seen! It is highly ignored and often looked over, which I have never understood. My confusion is due mostly in part to genius performances by both Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep. The writing and acting are superb.
Heartburn must come out on DVD.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Streep and Nicholson are great in this film December 5, 2001
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I never read the book, so my point of view is purely on the film. And I loved it long ago and still love it. There's an intesity Streep delivers that pains you to observe her character in this situation. The last 30 minutes is so good... and to add Carly Simon's Itsy Bitsy Spider rendition of Coming Around Again just did it for me. Best metaphore. Fabulous ending.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Streep Movie December 4, 2002
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I absolutely love this movie. I agree with the other reviewer - WHY is this not on DVD? I am waiting for it to come out on dvd so I can purchase it. This is one movie you don't want to miss. It is funny and sad at the same time.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best streep July 24, 2002
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not a fan of streep or nicholson. they are not actors in this film they are really living their lives. you believe they are in a documentary. i only have one criticism - why isnt it on DVD?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Tragic - NOT Comedy July 18, 2012
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This movie is not a comedy. It's not actually even a good script. It's well-written but the whole basis of the script: marriage, affair, pathetic and sad.

It is saved by the phenomenal acting of two of the greatest actors of the century. But the script says, "Hollywood is desperate for decent scripts."
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars WELL DONE BUT UNINVOLVING June 1, 2005
I will always sing the praises of Meryl Streep. This wonderfully gifted actress is capable of taking any role and infusing it with such passion and dedication that she can make a dull movie like HEARTBURN entertaining, just to bask in the glow of her performance. Based on Nora Ephron's novel and her marriage to Carl Bernstein, HEARTBURN doesn't really "do" much of anything. Streep marries philandering Jack Nicholson (in one of his more bland performances), has a couple of kids, and finds out he's cheating on her (duh?). Ephron's script cripples its stars by making Streep a little too whiny and self-pitying and Nicholson a little too dispassionate and predictable. One of the true crimes of this movie is Oscar's neglect to praise the movie's showpiece song COMIN AROUND AGAIN. Carly Simon's song poignantly evokes the loss but hope in any kind of relationship; it's pairing with the old children's ITSY BITSY SPIDER is creative genius. The spider gets washed down the spout but always goes back up to try again; in COMIN AROUND AGAIN, the song's emphasis on "I believe in love" mirrors the tenacity of the spider. What a shame Simon wasn't awarded for this feat. You will like HEARTBURN if you are fans of Streep and Nicholson, but it's not one of their best efforts.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A moving story.
Published 9 days ago by mary
5.0 out of 5 stars Missing Nora Ephron
Just finished re-watching this for the umpteenth time. As usual, the blend of comedy and tragedy is a delight to see. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Shari Levine
2.0 out of 5 stars could only play this dvd on computer not on my ...
could only play this dvd on computer not on my dvd player.... Player stated unable to play as if blocked
Published 1 month ago by Deborah Downs
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Lisa Levine
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good but a little slow at points.
Published 1 month ago by Spencer Bennett
1.0 out of 5 stars Much as I love Nora Ephron and miss her since she died
Much as I love Nora Ephron and miss her since she died, this continues to be a real bomb no matter how you slice it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by lillibet10
4.0 out of 5 stars I love Nora Ephron!
If you like the wit and humor of Nora Ephron (Sleepless In Seattle, You've Got Mail, Julie and Julia), this film is a gem. It is a comedy that is mistaken for a drama. Read more
Published 3 months ago by D. Selig
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Movie
A very well written movie without the unnecessary drama. Very relatable movie that about a very common problem in relationships. Love it!
Published 3 months ago by Elvia Valenzuela
3.0 out of 5 stars Not The Best Movie
I love Meryl Steep and Like Jack Nicholson but they have no chemistry in this movie. I suppose that is why they haven't performed in another movie together. Read more
Published 4 months ago by C. A. Neal
5.0 out of 5 stars Meryl Streep at Her Best
Had not rewatched this movie for a long time. After seeing it, again think it is just a wonderful movie with Streep and Nichollson at their best.
Published 4 months ago by S. Bloom
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