Faithful (1996 film)
|Directed by||Paul Mazursky|
|Produced by||Robert De Niro
|Screenplay by||Chazz Palminteri|
|Based on||Faithful by
|Music by||Phillip Johnston|
|Edited by||Nicholas C. Smith|
|Distributed by||New Line Cinema|
Faithful is a comedy film, directed by Paul Mazursky, which would be his last film as director before dying in 2014, and starring Cher, Chazz Palminteri and Ryan O'Neal. Palminteri wrote the screenplay, which is an adaptation of his stage play of the same name. Faithful tells the story of a woman, her husband and a hit man. The film was entered into the 46th Berlin International Film Festival.
On her twentieth wedding anniversary, Maggie receives a diamond necklace and a price on her head; both from her husband, Jack. While waiting for the signal, all the way from Connecticut, to do the murder, the hitman starts bonding with Maggie instead. Later, Jack shows up himself, complicating the entire situation.
- Cher as Margaret
- Chazz Palminteri as Tony
- Ryan O'Neal as Jack Connor
- Paul Mazursky as Dr. Susskind
- Amber Smith as Debbie
- Elisa Leonetti as Maria
- Mark Nassar as Maria's Boyfriend
- Stephen Spinella as Young Man at Rolls
- Jeffrey Wright as Young Man at Rolls
- David Marino as Little Tony
- Steven Randazzo as Tony's Father
- Olinda Turturro as Tony's Mother
- Max Norat as Jewellery Store Salesman
The film was received poorly at the box office, grossing just $2,104,439. It was a huge drop compared to Cher's previous starring role, Mermaids, which grossed $35,419,397 in 1990. The film's opening weekend of just $967,956 would end as 46% of the film's total gross. This film was also Cher's least successful film of the decade in a starring role. The film was also widely panned by film critics earning a 7% "rotten" rating on the website Rotten Tomatoes.
- "Berlinale: 1996 Programme". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2012-01-01.