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Random Hearts (1999)

Dylan Baker , Christina Chang  |  R |  DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dylan Baker, Christina Chang, Bill Cobbs, Peter Coyote, Charles S. Dutton
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • 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: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 29, 2000
  • Run Time: 133 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003OSSL
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,149 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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  • Documentary: HBO First Look: The Making of Random Hearts
  • Deleted Scenes

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Reviled by critics and largely ignored by moviegoers when released in 1999, Random Hearts is a pox on the reputations of Harrison Ford, Kristin Scott Thomas, and director Sydney Pollack, but it doesn't entirely deserve its lowly fate. The movie's lugubriously paced and its repressed passions are dulled under the weight of relentless melancholy, but Pollack deserves credit for defying the Hollywood Zeitgeist with a mature, substantial film about the power of betrayal to reach beyond the grave.

Ford plays a Washington, D.C. detective; Scott Thomas is a Congresswoman in the midst of a re-election campaign. When their spouses die in a plane crash, the cop is convinced they'd been having an affair, and his obsessive, masochistic quest for the painful truth draws him closer to the Congresswoman despite the mutual risks to their careers and domestic privacy. While she hides behind a façade of denial, his agonized investigation makes him simultaneously unappealing (a risk Ford may have taken as a challenge), sympathetic, and sadly compelling.

Pollack takes his own chances by keeping everything so relentlessly downbeat, but anyone receptive to the story will find that Random Hearts is a subtly rewarding study of tormented adults who've discovered too late the weaknesses of their seemingly stable marriages. It's anything but cheerful, and a subplot involving a corrupt cop (Dennis Haysbert) is a formulaic distraction. But Random Hearts provides welcome relief from dramas that flirt with emotional anguish without delving into its deeper consequences. --Jeff Shannon

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68 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Refreshingly Subtle Film February 19, 2000
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RANDOM HEARTS was my favorite movie of 1999, but it is most definitely not a movie for everyone. To enjoy RH, you must have an attention span longer than a sound bite. Everything will not be spelled out for you, and you will actually have to do a little thinking. The movie is unapologetically grim for most of its running time, which based on its plot, it should be. Life is not always beautiful, as this movie so subtlely shows. And subtle is the keyword in describing RH. Everything you need to know about the characters is in the film, but it is not always verbal or blatantly obvious. The movie is an emotional puzzle, and if you can't put together the pieces, you will dislike this film. I found putting the pieces together a refreshing challenge. In my opinion, the ending to RH is both a classic and a hair-puller. That is all I'll say.
I'm purchasing the DVD mainly for director Sydney Pollack's commentary and the deleted scenes. There are a couple of scenes in RANDOM HEARTS, the "car" one in particular, that I can't wait to hear his commentary on. I'm also intrigued to know what wound up on the cutting room floor.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, it's depressing-that's what's great about it. September 25, 2006
It's also honest-something people avoid if things might get messy. People cheat-it happens every day. The lighting, music and slow pacing only accentuate the melacholy mood of the film. I love depressing movies-music too. There's no escaping the truth for these characters. It's painful. Betrayal always is-eventually. If you don't like depressing stuff, this movie will turn you off-even if you like the leads. Pollack's direction is perfect for the material-something I imagine he did on purpose. This is adult material-it's just that adults don't usually like to deal with difficult issues.

The two weak points of the film are the side story and the romance. The friendship between the two leads is believable-the romance is not. However, the film is so dreary that even these two items don't take away from the film's power. Marrying someone is no guarantee of fidelity. There is a darkness about humans that lies in their desire to please themselves-even at the cost of hurting the one they love most. That, and you will never really know the darkest recesses of the one you love 'til they rip your heart out and leave you "in the shadow of the light from a black sun".
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Random Hearts October 13, 2003
I like this movie. I don't care much about what the critics said about it, nor about its failure to top box office records. I found this movie a psychologically intense drama, and I think acting was very good. Ford portrayed a clearly distraught and somewhat depressed and distracted man who lost his wife in plane crush, and who find out that his wife was cheating on him. He comes in contact with another "survivor," a Congresswoman who lost her husband in the same plane crush. A somewhat unlikely romance develops, while Ford's character continues to be haunted by his wife's betrayal. The subplot, involving a corrupt cop and murder, could be improved--it almost gets in the way of the main storyline. But if you can get beyond this, you will enjoy the movie.
If you are into non-stop action, special effects pictures, this one is not for you. But if you can enjoy a mature film with a real plot, you will do well to see "Random Hearts."
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Was this a contract-fulfillment movie? May 11, 2000
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At least that's what I wondered during the first hour of watching this Harrison Ford movie. Nope, this is absolutely nothing like "Air Force One," "Patriot Games" and especially the Indiana Jones trilogy. Quick plot recap -- Ford is an Internal Affairs sergeant whose wife dies in a plane crash. He soon discovers his wife was on the plane with her lover -- the husband of a congresswoman. He obsessively tries to find out more about the affair, much to the distress (and eventually the attraction) of the congresswoman (Kristin Scott Thomas). I kept waiting for Ford to show some emotion other than looking confused, but then I realized he hit it right on the money. Put yourself in his (and her) shoes -- what would you want to know if your spouse died CHEATING on you? Would you want to know why or try to put it behind you? Charles S. Dutton is predictably good, but is absolutely wasted in his role as Ford's cop buddy as they investigate a crooked cop (Dennis Haysbert -- also wasted). Bottom line -- rent it first.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique, Powerful Drama September 8, 2000
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Coping with the loss of a spouse is, of course, a traumatic experience; but what would it be like to have to deal with such grief, only to have it exacerbated by the revelation that your husband / wife was having an affair? Such is the situation for two people in "Random Hearts," a drama that explores pain and suffering, despair and obsession, and the sense of isolation and need that overcomes Dutch Van Den Broeck (Harrison Ford) and Kay Chandler (Kristin Scott Thomas) in the wake of a tragic plane crash that claims, respectively, his wife and her husband. Director Sydney Pollack weaves an intricate story that begins with the hint of the indiscretion, is followed closely by the tragedy, then quickly escalates into the discovery of the affair by Van Den Broeck, who subsequently locates and contacts Chandler. In what is essentially a character study of how differently the parties involved respond to their grief, and how the knowledge of the infidelity effects them individually, Pollack very deliberately peals away the layers of emotion until the feelings of each are laid bare and exposed. Ultimately it becomes the story of their relationship; of the intimate bond formed between these total strangers who share this dark secret foisted upon them in such an unseemly manner. He is a cop; not only a cop, but an internal affairs cop in Washington, D.C. It's his job to observe people and to notice situations, to know when something is out of place or just not right. Yet his own wife was having an affair, and he didn't have a clue; and in dealing with his emotions, in sorting it all out, he becomes obsessed with finding out everything. Where did they meet, when and how; how long had it been going on? Who was he, did they have a "place" of their own. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I liked it, of course how can you go wrong with Harrison Ford
Published 29 days ago by ROBERT W. SEELYE
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A very good film, especially if you are interested in politics, sociology and psychology.
Published 1 month ago by Maria C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Loved the movie in Blue Ray....
Published 1 month ago by Sharon Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent film. Great vendor
Published 1 month ago by E. Price
4.0 out of 5 stars Harrison Ford is one of my favorite actors. This movie is dark and not...
Harrison Ford is one of my favorite actors. This movie is dark and not altogether likable; however the 2 principals deliver excellent performances.
Published 1 month ago by Hot in the sun
5.0 out of 5 stars Have always admired Harrison Ford and think this is one of his best...
Another one for the collection! Have always admired Harrison Ford and think this is one of his best films.
Published 3 months ago by Grandma Peachie
3.0 out of 5 stars Random Hearts was ok, I am not really into ...
Random Hearts was ok, I am not really into movies which dwell on infidelity and basically 85% of this movie was about that and politics, corruption, and crime. Read more
Published 3 months ago by JesusIsLordDLWC
4.0 out of 5 stars Statistics...
Statistically speaking, air travel is still the safest form of travel available to us. Don't let this film fool you otherwise. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Philip Scholz
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite a different role for Ford.
It might be considered a "chick flick," Had interesting twists. It's not the type I normally like. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jim Cain
5.0 out of 5 stars A keeper.
Bought this movie because an old acquaintance had a bit part in the movie. I really enjoyed the plot. Harrison Ford played this role as so understated but so powerful. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Bill
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