Playing by Heart [DVD] [1998]

  • SKU: 5294402
  • Release Date: 04/12/2016
  • Rating: R
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Overall Customer Rating:
50% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1 out of 2)


Playing by Heart
Sophomore writer/director Willard Carroll weaves together an all-star cast in interlocking stories about finding love in Los Angeles. The film's theme is spoken by young club-hopper Joan (Angelina Jolie). Taken by the mysterious Keenan (Ryan Phillippe), she tells him that "talking about love" is like "dancing about architecture" (the original title until the studio thought it would be confused with Dancing at Lughnasa), meaning speech is not the medium to adequately express the details of love. They all try, anyway. Others up for the dance include a TV cooking-show hostess (Gena Rowlands) and her husband (Sean Connery) who still fight over his one brief infidelity 25 years earlier; two lovers (Madeline Stowe, Anthony Edwards) who discuss their unhappy marriages; and a theater director (Gillian Anderson) and her architect, Mr. Right (Jon Stewart). Also searching are Dennis Quaid, Nastassja Kinski and Patricia Clarkson. For a familial sort of love, there's Ellen Burstyn as the estranged mother to her son (Jay Mohr) dying of AIDS. ~ Ron Wells, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Gillian Anderson
    Gillian Anderson - Meredith
  • Angelina Jolie
    Angelina Jolie - Joan
  • Madeleine Stowe
    Madeleine Stowe - Gracie
  • Ellen Burstyn
    Ellen Burstyn
  • Sean Connery
    Sean Connery - Paul

Customer rating

would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I Love This Movie!


    This is a great movie about relationships. This site places it in the drama category, but it has a lot of funny moments too. Angelina Jolie gives an outstanding performance. I also enjoyed watching John Stewart and Gillian Anderson.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Great movie - despicable blu ray transfer

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    This blu ray is the worst transfer I have ever seen. Its very grainy, spotty and the colors are dull. I have loved this movie for years, and actually have it on DVD and blu ray. DVD quality is much better.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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