5.0/10
103
1 user 9 critic

Breathing Room (1996)

She's Kathy, a comix cartoonist; he's David, teaching English to new immigrants. It's New York City, with 29 shopping days left until Christmas, and they're in love. Or are they? Their ... See full summary »

Director:

Jon Sherman

Writers:

Tom Hughes (story), Tom Hughes | 1 more credit »
Reviews
1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

More Like This 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A directionless teenager becomes involved with a headstrong runaway and her drug-dealing brother.

Director: Hannah Weyer
Stars: Aesha Waks, Summer Phoenix, J. Smith-Cameron
Past Midnight (1991)
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A man gets out of prison after 15 years for stabbing his wife to death, and his social worker becomes convinced he was innocent. As she researches his case, and interviews other people who ... See full summary »

Director: Jan Eliasberg
Stars: Rutger Hauer, Natasha Richardson, Clancy Brown
The Break (1997)
Drama | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Dowd, who's IRA, escapes an Irish prison in a bloody jailbreak, making his way to New York City where he lives alone, avoids Irish hangouts, and works as a dishwasher. When a good deed gets... See full summary »

Director: Robert Dornhelm
Stars: Stephen Rea, Alfred Molina, Rosana Pastor
Safe Men (1998)
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Two untalented singers are mistaken for a pair of major league safe crackers in Providence, Rhode Island. The two are pressed into service by the local hoodlums and quickly find themselves ... See full summary »

Director: John Hamburg
Stars: Sam Rockwell, Steve Zahn, Michael Lerner
Backfire! (1995)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.7/10 X  

Just as Jeremy Jackson attempts to become the first male firewoman in New York, fires begin mysteriously erupting from toilets all over the City and Fire Marshal Marc Marshall is called in ... See full summary »

Director: A. Dean Bell
Stars: Josh Mosby, Robert Mitchum, Kathy Ireland
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A true story of politics and art in the 1930s U.S., focusing on a leftist musical drama and attempts to stop its production.

Director: Tim Robbins
Stars: Hank Azaria, Rubén Blades, Joan Cusack
Breathing Room I (2008)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

Thrown naked into a desolate room with thirteen strangers, Tonya discovers that she is the final contestant in a deadly game. Restrained by lethal electronic collars, the players must ... See full summary »

Directors: John Suits, Gabriel Cowan
Stars: Ailsa Marshall, Michael McLafferty, David Higlen
Urbania (2000)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A series of urban legends take place around the life of a troubled man who is searching New York City for a mysterious stranger.

Director: Jon Shear
Stars: Dan Futterman, Scott Denny, Paige Turco
Confidence (2003)
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Jake Vig (Burns) is a consummate grifter about to pull his biggest con yet, one set to avenge his friend's murder. But his last scam backfired, leaving him indebted to a mob boss (Hoffman) and his enforcer.

Director: James Foley
Stars: Edward Burns, Dustin Hoffman, Rachel Weisz
The Sunshine Boys (TV Movie 1996)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Two aging comedians who acrimoniously dissolved their act eight years earlier must overcome their differences when they have the chance for a lucrative movie comeback.

Director: John Erman
Stars: Woody Allen, Peter Falk, Michael McKean
Shooting Fish (1997)
Comedy | Crime | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Two con artists' plan to steal enough for a house are twisted when a pretty girl enters the picture.

Director: Stefan Schwartz
Stars: Dan Futterman, Stuart Townsend, Kate Beckinsale
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A film about one woman's personal freedom and the price she pays to keep it.

Director: Stan Schofield
Stars: Brett C. Adams, Meghan Andrews, Madison Arnold
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Susan Floyd ... Kathy
Dan Futterman ... David
Joanna Chang Joanna Chang ... Cashier
Jianzhung Gu Jianzhung Gu ... Grocer
Steve Naidich Steve Naidich ... Korean Market Patron #1
Chris McGinn ... Korean Market Patron #2
Michael Chenevert ... Korean Market Patron #3
Frances Mazzuka Frances Mazzuka ... Korean Market Patron #4
Sharon Angela ... Additional Patron
Amy Hohn ... Cousin Judy
Rod McLachlan ... Cousin Andy
Nadia Dajani ... Claire
Saverio Guerra ... Tony
Stryker Hardwicke Stryker Hardwicke ... Larry
Maribel Vasquez Maribel Vasquez ... Madame Vasquez
Edit

Storyline

She's Kathy, a comix cartoonist; he's David, teaching English to new immigrants. It's New York City, with 29 shopping days left until Christmas, and they're in love. Or are they? Their romance has been on-again, off-again because David can't bring himself to say, "I love you." He can say it in French, Russian, Japanese, Chinese, but not English. So, when she learns at an inopportune time that he's applied for a job in Ho Chi Minh City, she asks for breathing room until Christmas; the film chronicles the ensuing days of restless indecision. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

independent film | See All (1) »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexuality
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 November 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

'Til Christmas See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,750, 10 November 1996

Gross USA:

$16,299

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,299
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Eureka Pictures See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Soundtracks

Back Door Santa
Performed by Clarence Carter
Written by Marcus Daniel (as Marcus Daniels) and Clarence Carter
Published by Screen Gems-EMI Music Inc.
Courtesy of Atlantic Records Corp.
by arrangement with Warner Special Products
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A small, independent, romantic comedy
24 July 2003 | by inkblot11See all my reviews

Kathy (Susan Floyd) is a cartoonist with an on-again, off-again boyfriend, David (Dan Futterman). Although they have gone together two years, they have broken up five times, only to resume the relationship. Kathy is a stable businesswoman who longs for a commitment. David, however, has held a variety of jobs. At present, he's an English teacher of new immigrants; he's also applying for a job in Vietnam. To make matters worse, while David can tell Kathy he loves her in several different languages, he can't say it in English. After a Thanksgiving dinner with Kathy's relatives (which David was supposed to cook but didn't), they have yet another argument. The result? The couple decides to part company until Christmas; each will assess the relationship for a month. Will it be possible, with help from friends and relatives, for Kathy and David to find a permanent solution to their problems?

This is a slight, sweet story told in a quiet manner. There are no "big scenes", only lots of little, sometimes touching, conversations strung together. The script does boast some light humor, too. When David gets together with his parents expect chuckles; Mother and Dad have come to the conclusion that their son is not only flighty but gay. Also, Kathy's fellow cartoonists are the incarnation of nerdy weirdos. Even with these bursts of comedy, however, the film just doesn't have that elusive universal appeal. But, fans of romantic comedies and independent films with sophisticated dialogue will find it an enjoyable watch.


6 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See one user review »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed