Playing by Heart

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Playing by Heart
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Directed by Willard Carroll
Produced by Willard Carroll
Meg Liberman
Written by Willard Carroll
Starring Gillian Anderson
Ellen Burstyn
Sean Connery
Anthony Edwards
Angelina Jolie
Jay Mohr
Ryan Phillippe
Dennis Quaid
Gena Rowlands
Jon Stewart
Madeleine Stowe
Music by John Barry
Cinematography Vilmos Zsigmond
Editing by Pietro Scalia
Studio Hyperion Pictures
Distributed by Miramax Films
Release dates
  • December 18, 1998 (1998-12-18)
Running time 121 minutes
Country United States
Budget $14,000,000
Box office $3,970,078

Playing by Heart is a 1998 American comedy-drama film, which tells the story of several seemingly unconnected characters. It was entered into the 49th Berlin International Film Festival.[1]


Among the characters are a mature couple about to renew their vows (Sean Connery and Gena Rowlands); a woman (Gillian Anderson) who accepts a date offer from a stranger (Jon Stewart); a gay man dying of AIDS (Jay Mohr) and his mother (Ellen Burstyn) who has struggled to accept him; two clubbers who meet in a nightclub (Ryan Phillippe and Angelina Jolie); a couple having an affair (Anthony Edwards and Madeleine Stowe) and a man (Dennis Quaid) who tells his tragic life story to a woman he meets in a bar (Patricia Clarkson), but seems to have a strange connection to another mysterious woman. As the film continues and the stories evolve, the connections between the characters become evident. Kellie Waymire, Nastassja Kinski, Alec Mapa, Amanda Peet and Michael Emerson also have roles in the film.


  1. ^ "Berlinale: 1999 Programme". Retrieved 2012-02-04. 

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