She's So Lovely

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She's So Lovely
She's So Lovely.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Nick Cassavetes
Produced by René Cleitman
Written by John Cassavetes
Music by Joseph Vitarelli
Cinematography Thierry Arbogast
Edited by Petra von Oelffen
Distributed by Miramax Films
Release date
  • August 29, 1997 (1997-08-29)
Running time
100 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $18 million
Box office $7,281,450

She's So Lovely is a 1997 film directed by Nick Cassavetes, written by John Cassavetes. At the time of its release, it received special attention because, eight years after his death, it was the first (and still only) posthumous film to feature previously unreleased material from John Cassavetes.

The film stars Sean Penn and John Travolta as the respective men who bid for the affection of Maureen Murphy Quinn (Robin Wright). Harry Dean Stanton costars as a friend of Penn's character, and James Gandolfini plays the abusive neighbor.


Eddie Quinn's unruly wife Maureen drinks and smokes to excess, even though she is pregnant. Eddie has troubles of his own, disappearing for days at a time. When she is physically and sexually assaulted by Kiefer, a neighbor, it is more than Eddie can handle. He shoots someone and lands in a psychiatric hospital.

Ten years go by. Eddie finally returns, only to find Maureen is now a clean, sober, solid citizen, married to a new man, Joey, and a mother of three children, one of whom is Eddie's own daughter. Eddie's return complicates and endangers all of their lives.



She's So Lovely received mixed to positive reviews from critics, as it holds a 66% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 41 reviews.


Sean Penn won the award for Best Actor at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival.[1] Robin Wright received a nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role at the 4th Screen Actors Guild Awards.


  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: She's So Lovely". Retrieved 2009-09-23. 

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