I Love Trouble (1994 film)

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I Love Trouble
I love trouble.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Charles Shyer
Produced by Nancy Meyers
Written by Charles Shyer
Nancy Meyers
Starring Julia Roberts
Nick Nolte
Saul Rubinek
Robert Loggia
James Rebhorn
Charles Martin Smith
Lisa Lu
Dan Butler
Eugene Levy
Nora Dunn
Paul Gleason
Kelly Rutherford
Music by David Newman
Edited by Walter Murch
Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures
Release dates
  • June 29, 1994 (1994-06-29) (U.S.)
Running time
123 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $45 million[1]
Box office $61,947,267[2]

I Love Trouble is a 1994 American romantic comedy film starring Julia Roberts and Nick Nolte. It was written and produced by the husband-and-wife team of Nancy Meyers and Charles Shyer, and directed by Shyer.

Plot synopsis[edit]

Rival Chicago reporters Sabrina Peterson (Roberts) and Peter Brackett (Nolte) reluctantly join forces to uncover a train wreck that leads to the discovery of a genetically altered milk conspiracy. They bite off more than they can chew while pursuing the story, and fall in love.

Sabrina is an ambitious, gifted reporter willing to do whatever it takes to learn the truth about the train accident. This leads her into conflict, then reluctant partnership, with fading star Peter, who works for a rival paper. He chases women, smokes cigars, and has just published his first novel.

During their pursuit of the story, Peter and Sabrina clash over virtually everything. He also subjects Sabrina to indecent exposure in front of a group of boy scouts after he catches her skinny-dipping, he then lets the boys photograph her naked, much to her embarrassment. But ultimately they collaborate in solving the crime, sharing the story and beginning a romance.



Nolte and Roberts notoriously did not get along with each other during the making of the film. Roberts has described him as "disgusting," whereas Nolte has said she's "not a nice person."[3][4]


The film was not well received by critics, although it grossed over $30 million in box-office receipts in the United States and less than $62 million worldwide.[5][6][7][8]

According to Nolte, it's the worst film he has ever appeared in. He felt he sold his soul by doing it, and he did it only for the money. He was as a result tense while on the set, and did not have a good working-relationship with Julia Roberts.[9][10] Roberts has on her part called Nolte the worst actor she has ever worked with.[11] I Love Trouble currently holds a 20% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 41 reviews.


Elmer Bernstein originally wrote the underscore, but his music was thrown out and David Newman called in at such a late stage that posters with Bernstein's name on the credits were already displayed. With only two weeks to rescore the film, Newman - who usually orchestrates the bulk of his scores himself - utilized a small army of orchestrators to help him complete the score: Scott Smalley, Chris Boardman, William Kidd, Peter Tomashek, Steven Bramson, Christopher Klatman, Don Davis, Joel Rosenbaum, Arthur Kempel (misspelt "Kempl" in the end credits), Mark McKenzie, Brad Warnaar (misspelt "Warner" in the end credits) and John Neufeld. The soundtrack album was released by Varèse Sarabande, including a cover version of the Smokey Robinson song "You've Really Got A Hold On Me"; only Smalley and Boardman receive orchestrator credit on the album (however, Ross receives an acknowledgement - as does Alan Silvestri, who was also attached to the project).

  1. Here's Peter (5:09)
  2. Here's Sabrina (1:54)
  3. Calling All Boggs (1:15)
  4. Honeymoon Night (4:55)
  5. Two Scoop Snoops (3:39)
  6. Everybody Buys the Globe (:46)
  7. Scoop de Jour (3:15)
  8. Sabrina's Hip (1:04)
  9. Wild Goose Chase (1:16)
  10. The Beekman Agreement (2:02)
  11. Keyhole Foreplay (1:20)
  12. Happily Ever After (2:21)
  13. "I Love Trouble" (3:43)
  14. You've Really Got a Hold On Me - Robbyn Kirmsse (3:37)


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