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Prelude to a Kiss (1992)

Meg Ryan , Alec Baldwin , Norman René  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Meg Ryan, Alec Baldwin, Kathy Bates, Ned Beatty, Patty Duke
  • Directors: Norman René
  • Writers: Craig Lucas
  • Producers: Catherine Meyers, Craig Lucas, Deborah Schindler, Jennifer Ogden, Michael Gruskoff
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 4.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: January 14, 2003
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000053VC6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,800 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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When you marry someone, you promise to love that person forever - no matter what may occur. But no one would expect to test that promise only moments after exchanging marriage vows. Peter (Alec Baldwin) and Rita (Meg Ryan) follow their whirlwind six-week courtship with a storybook wedding. After the ceremony, a mysterious elderly man (Sydney Walker) appears and asks if he may kiss the bride. It is this kiss that sends the two young lovers on a magical journey they will never forget.

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ROMANTIC FANTASY ABOUT SOUL MATES... February 13, 2002
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Peter Hoskins (Alec Baldwin) and Rita Boyle (Meg Ryan) meet at a party, and it is practically love at first sight. After a whirlwind courtship. they decide to get married. At their wedding, an old man (Sydney Walker) wanders in and kisses the bride. Suddenly, Rita's body is occupied by the spirit of the old man, while Rita's spirit is consigned to the body of the old man.
On their honeymoon Peter senses that something is not quite right about Rita. It is inexplicable to him that he could have been so mistaken about her. Gone is the Rita with whom he fell in love, his soul mate replaced by a virtual stranger housed in Rita's body. It is from this premise that an allegory on love flows beautifully throughout this film and serves as an insightful commentary on the nature of true love.
When Peter finally is able to figure out what has happened, he contrives to find away a way for Rita to come back to him as she was. You see, he does not love the "new" Rita. As lovely as she is, she is not the Rita with whom he fell in love. It is now the old man with whom he has an affinity. It is the old man whose company he now enjoys.
What happens and why certainly gives the viewer food for thought as to the nature of true love. Very well acted by Alec Baldwin, Meg Ryan, and Sydney Walker, this is a utterly charming and touching romantic fantasy. The strong supporting cast of Patty Duke, Ned Beatty, Stanley Tucci, and Kathy Bates serve to round out this excellent and entertaining film.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Romantic Variation on the Changing Body Theme June 12, 2005
This movie is yet another entry in the genre that includes two versions of "Freaky Friday" and a host of other movie, where two people exchange bodies. Typically these movies are played for laughs. However, in this movie the opportunity is taken to explore the meaning of romance and love.

On their wedding day, just moments after their vows, an old man (Sydney Walker) approaches Rita Boyle (Meg Ryan) and Peter Hoskins (Alec Baldwin) and asks if he can kiss the bride. At that moment the sky darkens, and suddenly the two have exchanged bodies. The old man walks off abruptly (we learn why at the end of the movie), and all appears as before, except Rita seems a bit different.

Peter and Rita go on their honeymoon, but Rita is clearly not the same person that Peter knew before their wedding. Rita seems to have different interests, and she hangs around older people. She also seems disinterested in consummating their marriage. Eventually Peter figures out that somehow Rita and the old man have exchanged bodies, and Peter must track the old man down. I dare not reveal more for fear of giving away too much, but the ending is touching, warm and very well done.

This movie takes opportunities that most movies in this narrow genre have not. The movie explores the true meaning of love, and where love resides. The movie also explores how well we know someone, and whether we are ready to love someone in even the strangest circumstances. I rated this movie much higher because of the approach this movie took to love and the relationship between Peter and Rita, and how well this movie pulled it off. The only scene that made me uncomfortable was where Peter kissed the old man. Fortunately, the entire scene in its context shows how deeply Peter loved Rita.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Do Not Share This Movie With Just Anyone! January 30, 2000
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I have shared this movie with quite a few people and no one gets it. As soon as I find a woman who understands the beauty of the love between Peter and Rita, I will marry her. I've never heard anyone sing "Every Time We Say Goodbye" better than Annie Lennox. And Deborah Harry's voice on the rest of the soundtrack is so comforting. Not many people know this, but this is my favorite movie.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Magical story about true love September 9, 2002
By Mark
Yes, this is a fantasy, but in a world where a movie about hobbits can be nominated for best picture, I am willing to suspend my disbelief a tad bit for this beautiful fable about the true connection of soul mates. Meg Ryan is young, thin, and yummy to the eyes, but young and yummy Alec Baldwin can tell when she's not herself. And he knows the difference between the wrapping and the gift.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars October 1, 2003
Well, this one is a charmer. Silly plot on the surface, but touches on some deep issues regarding love, and the nature of it. Alec Baldwin is superb as the lovesick, then profoundly heartbroken newlywed. The moment when he realizes, truly, that Rita....isn't Rita, and says "I'm on to you"....will make you cry. I'm an Alec Baldwin fan, I admit, but he is so breathtakingly, stunningly, mindbogglingly beautiful to look at in this film he's almost hard to's almost painful. Cripes, does he have the most beautiful face on the planet, or what...and that astonishingly thick, cowlicky head of digress. See it ladies, it will make you ache in the most pleasant way...its a keeper.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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We all know that love should be more than physical attraction, and yet few movies go beyond surface appearance and sugar-coated banter. "Prelude to a Kiss" is a wonderful exception to this sad reality. It takes us beyond the usual preditable plot and gives us a rare insight into what is really important about love.
An enchanting and well-wrought script, supported by excellent performances, creates a movie that will speak to those who listen with their head and their heart.
Humor, magic, and mystery are interwoven as a husband searches for his wife who is missing but still there. I don't want to give the plot away. Watching the story unfold is part of the movie's charm. I will say that you will be surprised; and, I hope, moved by the message this fine piece of filmaking presents. One of my all time favorites. Don't miss it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good show.
Published 2 months ago by M.A.C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Prelude to a kiss tells all
The first few minutes of this film serve up a dazzling exhibition of a man falling madly in love. And why not. Read more
Published 3 months ago by daniel r. esian
5.0 out of 5 stars great chic flic
Another Meg Ryan classic. I love her romantic comedies, and Alec Baldwin is funny and charming as usual. Would recommend.
Published 8 months ago by Thrallgirl
5.0 out of 5 stars As promised
This was sent to me very quickly and in perfect condition as promised. I absolutely love this movie. I couldn't find it in stores so I got it here!
Published 14 months ago by JULIE A. NOLAN
4.0 out of 5 stars Takes me back...
This is my all-time favorite movie, so the soundtrack, just takes me back. Love it. The frenchy, quirky, love story!
Published 14 months ago by Mary E. Cronin
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my Favorites Movies
I never get tired of the story, and I love Meg Ryan and Alec Baldwin. I had on VHS also.
Published 18 months ago by Happy Buyer
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all time favorites!
Great story with fabulous acting. Alec Baldwin and Meg Ryan are at their peak and this movie shows off why we fell in love with them both.
Published on August 24, 2012 by Lissa Golden-Krovetz
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Take On Romantic Films ! Patty Duke Shines !
Prelude To A Kiss makes you think about it's story, and you can't figure out how it will turn out. Most romantic films are too predictable. This one is not. Read more
Published on March 21, 2012 by K. Nolting
5.0 out of 5 stars Chemistry, Magic, the Ultimate Romance- LOVE IT!
This is one of my favorite movies- the chemistry between Alec Baldwin and Meg Ryan is magic. I'm fans of both, and I think their acting is at its zenith here. Read more
Published on October 28, 2011 by Trancelucence (Leigh)
3.0 out of 5 stars PRELUDE TO ONE LESS KISS?
Highlights of this film: Rita's speech about how to savor the gift of life post-transformation, Rita's joy at getting a new lease on life pre-reverse-transformation, Peter's desire... Read more
Published on June 19, 2011 by DoMeNiQuE CoE
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