Forces of Nature

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Forces of Nature
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Bronwen Hughes
Produced by Susan Arnold
Ian Bryce
Donna Roth
Written by Marc Lawrence
Starring Ben Affleck
Sandra Bullock
Maura Tierney
Steve Zahn
Blythe Danner
Ronny Cox
Music by John Powell
Cinematography Elliot Davis
David Stockton
Edited by Craig Wood
Roth–Arnold Productions
Distributed by DreamWorks Pictures
Release dates
  • March 19, 1999 (1999-03-19)
Running time
105 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $75 million[1]
Box office $93,888,185

Forces of Nature is a 1999 romantic comedy film, directed by Bronwen Hughes, and starring Ben Affleck and Sandra Bullock.


Ben Holmes (Affleck) is a "blurb" writer responsible for writing the short introductions on the sleeves of hardcover books. On his way from his home in New York City to Savannah, Georgia for his wedding with Bridget (Maura Tierney), he's already nervous about flying. His nerves aren't helped when he's seated next to Sarah (Bullock), a free-spirited person who seems to get on his nerves. On takeoff, a bird flies into one of the engines, causing a flameout. Now afraid to fly, he reluctantly agrees to travel with Sarah, who also needs to get to Savannah within a few days.

During the course of their trip, things seem to keep happening to prevent them from getting to their destination — from being on the wrong car of a train to getting caught in various thunderstorms. However, Ben is impressed by Sarah's easy spirit, and starts to feel a connection with her. As they get closer to their destination, Ben starts to wonder if he's making the right choice in getting married to Bridget, or if he should just let fate take him with Sarah, who has a secret of her own. Ben and Bridget still agree to get married since they realize even after everything that has happened, they only want each other. Sarah witnesses this exchange and slips away to go find her child and move on with her life.



Forces of Nature received mixed reviews from critics, as the movie currently holds a 46% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 65 reviews.


  1. ^ "Forces of Nature at Box Office Mojo". Retrieved 2010-09-29. 

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