Love Affair (1994 film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Glenn Gordon Caron|
|Produced by||Warren Beatty|
|Screenplay by||Robert Towne
|Story by||Mildred Cram
|Based on||Love Affair screenplay by
Donald Ogden Stewart
|Music by||Ennio Morricone|
|Cinematography||Conrad L. Hall|
|Edited by||Robert C. Jones|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
|October 21, 1994|
Love Affair is a 1994 romantic drama film, and a remake of the 1939 film of the same name. It was directed by Glenn Gordon Caron and produced by Warren Beatty from a screenplay by Robert Towne and Beatty, based on the 1939 screenplay by Delmer Daves and Donald Ogden Stewart, based on the story by Mildred Cram and Leo McCarey. The music score was by Ennio Morricone and the cinematography by Conrad L. Hall.
Ex-football star Mike Gambril and singer Terry McKay, each of whom is engaged to marry someone else, meet on a flight to Sydney. The plane makes an emergency landing and passengers must wait until a piece of equipment is delivered.
Mike and Terry visit his elderly aunt Ginny (Katharine Hepburn) on the isle of Tahiti. They see each other with new eyes and fall in love. When they reach New York City, they agree to reunite at the top of the Empire State Building in three months' time. Terry breaks up with her fiance Ken Allen, as does Mike with his, Lynn Weaver.
Terry finds work as a singer, mostly in advertisements. Mike quits his job as a Los Angeles television sports announcer. He finds honest work as a coach at a small school and also returns to his true vocation as a painter. One of his works captures Terry in prayer from their idyllic day in the islands.
On the day of their rendezvous, Terry, in her haste, is struck down by a car while crossing a street. Gravely injured, she is rushed to the hospital. Mike, waiting for her at the observation deck at the top of the building, is unaware of the accident. After many hours, he finally concedes at midnight that she has rejected him.
Now unable to walk, Terry refuses to contact Mike, wanting to conceal her disability. Instead, she finds a job as a music teacher. Six months after the accident, she sees Mike with his former fiancée at a holiday concert featuring Ray Charles, which Terry is attending with her former boyfriend. Mike does not notice her condition because she is seated. Each can only manage a hello.
Christmas Eve arrives and Mike makes a surprise visit, claiming to have come across her address while looking up another name in a telephone directory. Although he steers the conversation to make her explain her actions, Terry merely dodges the subject, never leaving the couch on which she sits.
About to leave her life for good, Mike mentions the painting that he had done of her, which that very afternoon had been given away to a woman who admired it. He is about to point out that the woman was in a wheelchair when he suddenly pauses. Mike walks into Terry's bedroom and sees his painting hanging on the wall. He now knows why she did not keep their appointment. They embrace.
Background and production
The film is a remake of the 1939 film Love Affair with Charles Boyer and Irene Dunne and of the 1957 film An Affair to Remember with Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr, both directed by Leo McCarey. The name of Terry McKay's character remained the same in all three films, while a different one was chosen for each of the three leading men.
Love Affair was Hepburn's first big-screen appearance in nearly 10 years (although she had made several TV movies in this time) and marked her last appearance in cinema. It includes the only time that she ever said the word "fuck" on-screen. Beatty personally lobbied 86-year-old Hepburn to appear in the film. He rented a house for her in Los Angeles and had her referred to a special dermatologist, but she did not give a definitive answer until the day of filming. Luise Rainer was also considered for the role.
The remake was neither a critical nor a commercial success at the box office. It grossed a dismal $18 million domestically over a budget of $60 million and holds a 31% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The film was nominated for one Razzie Award, Worst Remake or Sequel.
- Warren Beatty ... Mike Gambril
- Annette Bening ... Terry McKay
- Katharine Hepburn ... Ginny
- Garry Shandling ... Kip DeMay
- Chloe Webb ... Tina Wilson
- Pierce Brosnan ... Ken Allen
- Kate Capshaw ... Lynn Weaver
- Harold Ramis ... Sheldon Blumenthal
- Ray Charles ... Himself
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- Love Affair at AllMovie
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- "Soundtrack". Internet Movie Database.