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Dying Young (1991)

R | | Drama, Romance | 21 June 1991 (USA)
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A nurse falls in love with a terminally ill man.

Director:

Joel Schumacher

Writers:

Marti Leimbach (novel), Richard Friedenberg (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julia Roberts ... Hilary O'Neil
Campbell Scott ... Victor Geddes
Vincent D'Onofrio ... Gordon
Colleen Dewhurst ... Estelle Whittier
David Selby ... Richard Geddes
Ellen Burstyn ... Mrs. O'Neil
Dion Anderson ... Cappy
George Martin ... Malachi
A.J. Johnson ... Shauna
Daniel Beer ... Danny
Behrooz Afrakhan ... Moamar
Michael Halton Michael Halton ... Gordon's Friend
Larry Nash Larry Nash ... Assistant
Alex Trebek ... Host of Jeopardy
Richard Friedenberg ... Jeopardy Contestant
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Storyline

After she discovers that her boyfriend has betrayed her, Hilary O'Neil is looking for a new start and a new job. She begins to work as a private nurse for a young man suffering from blood cancer. Slowly, they fall in love, but they always know their love cannot last because he is destined to die. Written by Harald Mayr <marvin@bike.augusta.de>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

She's giving him something nobody else could. A reason to live.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 June 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Todo por amor See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,725,885, 23 June 1991

Gross USA:

$33,669,178

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$82,264,675
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Prior to the film's release, some 20th Century Fox executives feared that audiences might think that Julia Roberts's character would die young. See more »

Goofs

Snow covers the ground the night of the big party in Mendocino, and the roads are frozen over with ice. The next morning, the snow and ice have disappeared from the landscape. See more »

Quotes

Victor Geddes: [to Hilary] Call me insane, but I'd venture a guess that Gordon would like to warm you up in any way possible.
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Connections

Referenced in The Golden Girls: Hey, Look Me Over (1991) See more »

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ALL THE WAY
Written by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen
Performed by King Curtis
Courtesy of Fantasy, Inc.
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Wonderful, moving film
28 September 2008 | by AndreapworthSee all my reviews

As many other comments have said, this is a truly moving film. I had a friend who suffered from leukemia, but she didn't make it. All the despair, hope, and courage she displayed is displayed by Campbell Scott.

And Campbell Scott - what an actor, who has never made it "big", but perhaps he doesn't want to. My favorite comment I ever read about him is this: with George C. Scott and Colleen Dewhurst as his parents, this guy could run the Kentucky Derby and win.

Julia Roberts, way before Erin Brockovich, shows compassion and a resilience to helping Vincent. Of course we know that she will eventually fall in love with him, as he does with her.

I like that the movie ends in a "grey" area. We are left to wonder if Vincent makes it and if Hilary stays with him. Truly a well-made film that deserved more notice.


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