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Promotional film poster
|Directed by||Ron Underwood|
|Produced by||Geena Davis
|Written by||Robert King|
|Music by||Marc Shaiman|
|Editing by||Richard Francis-Bruce|
|Release dates||December 16, 1994|
|Running time||99 minutes|
Speechless is a 1994 romantic comedy film directed by Ron Underwood. It stars Geena Davis (who also co-produced with her then-husband, director Renny Harlin), Michael Keaton, Bonnie Bedelia, Ernie Hudson, and Christopher Reeve.
Julia Mann (Davis) and Kevin Vallick (Keaton) are insomniac writers who fall in love, but their romance is thrown for a loop because both are writing speeches for rival candidates in a New Mexico election. Julia is working for the Democratic candidate and Kevin for the Republican candidate.
Also complicating matters are Kevin's ex-wife (Bedelia), who is on the Republican's campaign trail, and "Mr. Flack Jacket," television war correspondent "Bagdad Bob" Freed (Reeve), Julia's estranged fiance, who wants her back.
- Geena Davis as Julia Mann
- Michael Keaton as Kevin Vallick
- Bonnie Bedelia as Annette
- Ernie Hudson as Ventura
- Christopher Reeve as Bob Freed
- Charles Martin Smith as Kratz
- Gailard Sartain as Cutler
- Ray Baker as Garvin
- Mitchell Ryan as Wannamaker
- Willie Garson as Dick
- Harry Shearer as Chuck
- Steven Wright as Eddie
Speechless was released in December 1994, just a few months before a horse-riding accident sustained by Christopher Reeve permanently left the actor a quadriplegic.
The movie focuses on two speechwriters for different senatorial candidates in the state of New Mexico. The plot is connected to the American senatorial election of 1994 where only 53 percent voted. It tries to find the root of the problem by showing how candidates battle for election by undermining each other's efforts.
The film received mostly negative reviews from critics, with Rotten Tomatoes giving Speechless a 12% rating. Even though the movie mostly received negative reviews, Geena Davis was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for her performance.
The movie debuted at No.5.
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