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  • Actors: Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Hulce, Peter Friedman, Kim Cattrall, Eve Gordon
  • Directors: Paul Bogart
  • Writers: Wendy Wasserstein
  • Producers: Leanne Moore, Michael Brandman, Steven J. Brandman
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: March 4, 1997
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6303962246
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #320,692 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Jamie Lee Curtis stars in this adaptation of Wendy Wasserstein's hit play The Heidi Chronicles. A lecture about ignored female painters by art historian Heidi Holland (Curtis) frames the decade-by-decade story of her life, starting with a high school dance in the mid-'60s and working its way through political rallies, feminist consciousness raising, gay rights, AIDS, the excess of the 1980s--it's a bit like Forrest Gump, but with a smart, self-deprecating woman instead of a dumb cheerful guy. Wasserstein traces a well-intentioned (if glib) arc of female experience through this time period, articulating the costs of independence as well as the glories. The important personal realizations come fast and thick, but Curtis, Tom Hulce, Kim Cattrall (in a wealth of era-appropriate wigs), and Peter Friedman do their best to keep The Heidi Chronicles from being a baby-boomer pop-up book. --Bret Fetzer

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mary Whipple HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on December 21, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
Heidi Holland, with her degrees from Vassar and Yale and a Fulbright in England under her belt, opens this film lecturing on art history, showing fine portraits of women, painted by women artists who are virtually unknown, though their work is as good as that of the male painters who dominated their ages. Using the art history "hook" into the question of women and their roles--as they see their roles, as men see women's roles, and as women search for happiness within these roles--director Paul Bogart gives life to Wendy Wasserstein's teleplay, adapted from her Pulitzer Prize-winning stage play of the same name. Introducing each change of time period through the changing slides of the art history lecture, the film explores women trying to find meaning in their lives from the late 1960s through the 1990s.

Jamie Lee Curtis as Heidi Holland, Tom Hulce as her best friend Peter Patrone, and Peter Friedman as Scoop Rosenbaum, her sometime lover, take us from Heidi's high school and college days, as she grows in her thinking and view of her role in life, to her experiences with women's lib focus groups, the Eugene McCarthy campaign, the death of John Lennon, the campaign of Geraldine Ferraro, the rise of AIDS, the gay movement, and ultimately Heidi's realization of what is important to her, not just professionally and philosophically, but personally and emotionally.

High humor and absurdity are nicely balanced with sentiment and sorrowful revelation. Though the film treats significant social movements in a relatively brief time, it offers much food for thought without hitting the viewer over the head with polemics.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. Nailon on June 13, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
Jamie Lee Curtis proves her ability to truly carry a major work in "The Heidi Chronicles." Spanning three decades in the life of Curtis' Heidi, this film deals with the kind of real situations that people face with none of the unreal extraordinary circumstances that other films feel a need to drag in. Occasionally overly sappy or maudlin (can't we have at least ONE movie with a gay character who DOESN'T deal with a "close friend" dying of AIDS?
Hulce is terrific in the supporting role, and Nicki Vannice (of television's "Getting By" contributes a scene-stealing cameo as a teenager at a female support group. An overall winner of a film.
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By Karen Decostanza on January 11, 2014
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This has to be my all-time favorite movie. When I first saw it, it just stopped me in my tracks. It speaks to women of a certain age in a visceral way. I own it on video and have waited for years to find it on DVD.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 31, 1999
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A heartfelt movie....chronicling the life a woman who has had her ups and downs, and manages to carry on with life and live it to its fullest. Jaime Lee Curtis ("True Lies") is terrific, as well as Tom Hulce ("Amadeus").
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