Mrs. Winterbourne 1996 PG-13 CC

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Shirley MacLaine, Ricki Lake and Brendan Fraser star in this whirlwind romantic comedy about a girlcaught between true love and mistaken identity.

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Shirley MacLaine, Ricki Lake
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1 hour, 46 minutes

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Genres Drama, Romance, Comedy
Director Richard Benjamin
Starring Shirley MacLaine, Ricki Lake
Supporting actors Brendan Fraser, Miguel Sandoval, Loren Dean, Peter Gerety, Jane Krakowski, Debra Monk, Cathryn de Prume, Kate Hennig, Susan Haskell, Justin Van Lieshout, Alec Thomlison, Jennifer Irwin, Victor A. Young, Tony Munch, Nesbitt Blaisdell, David Lipman, Jim Feather, Irene Pauzer
Studio TriStar Pictures
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Monica Wanat on July 29, 2002
Format: DVD
Connie, broke and pregnant, accidently ends up on a train heading toward Boston without a ticket. When a stranger, Hugh Winterbourne, helps her out by pretending that his wife's ticket is Connie's, and then takes her to join him and his wife in their cabin, the chaos begins. After the train crashes and Hugh and his wife die, Connie is mistaken for Hugh's pregnant wife. Since the Winterbourne's had not yet met Hugh's wife, Connie finds herself pretending to be Hugh's widow so she can care for her child, but feels guilt ridden over her deception-- especially when she falls in love with Hugh's brother, Bill, and the rest of the Winterbourne family. And who's sending her notes asking who she "really" is?
On its own, this movie is a great romantic comedy-- showing how one instance can drag a person into a situation he or she never intended. Lake, Fraser, McClaine, and the actor who plays "Paco" do a fabulous job at making the viewer fall in love with all the characters. I have watched this movie many times, and intend to watch it many more.
This story is based on "I Married a Deadman" by Cornell Woolrich, which is a much darker story than the movie. I'm glad they changed the title when they made this into a movie because there are many differences between the original story and the movie; therefore, no one who read the book will mistakenly watch the movie and expect a faithful adaptation. While both are good, they should be taken indenpendantly of each other.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 7, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
I want to be adopted by Shirley MacLaine and her butler Paco. Based on a case of mistaken identity following a train wreck; a young, homeless woman has a baby and is taken in by a wealthy family who believe her to be their daughter-in-law. She meets her putative brother-in-law, who suspects she is not who she claims to be and they fall in love. Although he discovers her real identity, he pretends to believe her story in an effort to be sure that she doesn't leave. The movie is fun to watch, very romantic...there is a tango scene which Brendan Fraser fans run over and over again. He plays a snobbish, bright and ironic young man who has ended up holding the bag as the responsible member of his rich family. Shirley MacLaine is brilliant as the mother, and Ricki Lake does a reasonably good job as a Cinderella candidate. The film could have benefited from a few extra scenes to clarify Bill's attraction to Patricia, but is a fun romance/comedy with a happy ending.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 5, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
Being a movie buff, I was surprised I had never seen this movie or heard much of it when it was shown on a bus from Massachusetts to New York. Since I knew nothing about it, I had very low expectations (my guess is it didn't do too well at the box office), and was surprised to see the wonderful Shirley MacLaine and the consistently good Brendan Fraser. On the other hand, I did not recognize Ricki Lake at all, even though I have seen some J. Waters movie she was in. I had to wait until the credits to find out who it was. Brendan Fraser has turned out to be one of the best actors of his generation, if not for his choice of movies. Hopefully Gods and Monsters will open some doors for more serious roles. However, he shows a very good comedic timing in Mrs. Winterbourne, and did very well against Ms. MacLaine. Overall this is a very funny and entertaining movie.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. Brasher on April 27, 2001
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
This is one of my all-time favorite movies. Shirley MacLaine rules as the non-traditional matron. Ricki Lake does a fine job and Brendan Frasier is outstanding. Yes, more time could have been given to developing the relationship between Connie and Bill, but there's enough to get the point. Paco is AWESOME! His humorous drunken-binge scene makes it all worthwile.
The "powers that be" need to get off their butts and get this on DVD. Don't understand why it's not when I see all the crap they've already migrated!
I WANT MY DVD...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By KerrLines on October 7, 2007
Format: DVD
Just years before LEGALLY BLONDE and MISS CONGENIALITY came the delightful feel-good "Cinderella" rom-com MRS. WINTERBOURNE directed by Actor/comedian Dick Benjamin.
The film starts with a murdered corpse in a motel room and a confession of murder.Where is this all going?
Connie Doyle (Ricki Lake) has been knocked up and kicked to he curb by the heartless scumbag,Steve (a truly creepy Loren Dean).Pregnant and homeless,Connie serendipitously boards a train bound for Boston where she meets Hugh Winterbourne Brendan Fraser in a double role) and his also pregnant wife,Patricia.As Connie is trying on Patricia's wedding band, the train wrecks.Next thing we know,Connie awakes in the hospital,having given birth to a baby boy,and she is mistaken for the now-widowed Patricia setting off a series of twists of fate that will bring into the wealthy Winterbourne family,headed by the saucy,pill-popping,booze-hound,Mother Winterbourne (an always perfect Shirley MacLaine) and Hugh's remaining identical twin brother,Bill (who else but Brendan Fraser).A world of madcap hilarity and heartwarming touches ensue as Connie,now Patricia Winterbourne and the family come to terms with each other. Throw in the gay houseman,Paco (always funny Miguel Sandoval) and another exquisite continuous sprightly soundtrack by my favorite, Patrick Doyle, and you have 106 minutes of charming,left-of-center comedy.It is formulaic in a sense, but heartfelt excellent performances makes MRS.WINTERBOURNE all the more delightful.Like A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, all of the foibles of humanity are exposed and all turns out right,just like it should.After all, that is what we want anyway.5 stars for the undeniably "cute" factor.
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