Reviewed byamy050209Vote: 9/10/10
After 17 years I still love this movie. Campbell Scott was awesome. Hewas so intense. I love the part at the party where he is watching herfrom behind the candles. Then when she starts dancing with Gordon andshe looks for him and spots him watching her. You can see the love andthe ache, and the passion he has for her. His eyes say it all. I wishhe would have been in other bigger films. He is a great actor and heplayed that part so well. It's weird seeing Julia that long ago. Shelooks different, but yet she looks the same. She was great in thismovie also. I didn't want the movie to end as they walked out the door.I wanted to see more, maybe a "1 year later" thing and they have ababy. It still makes me cry every time!!!
Reviewed byone_way1983Vote: 8/10/10
Every time this movie comes on television, I sit in my bedroom andwatch it from start to finish as if it was the first time I've seen it.It is a film that focuses on a man, Victor (Campbell) dying of leukemiaand his internal struggles of wanting to be carefree and wanting totalcompanionship from the Hillary (Roberts), the woman he hires to takecare of him. Eventually, Victor wishes that he could be well so thatHillary can look at him in a different light; however, Victor cannotsee pass his disease to allow anyone to be in his life including hisdad and Hillary. He abruptly stops his chemotherapy to go live life anddie; however, he does not seem to be living it since he so competitiveand wanting to be better than anyone else. You want Victor to be curedof the disease and you want him to be less envious of the well peopleand to stop worrying about death and just live, which is the wholemessage of the film. Don't be afraid of death since we all willeventually die and no one knows exact time when death will wrapped themin his arm, which is a very powerful message. Great acting fromCampbell and Julia. Great cast. Please watch this film and formulateyour own opions.
Reviewed byIrisheyes0717Vote: 7/10/10
To put it simply, the opening third of this film is intense. Quiteintense. Campbell Scott's Vincent is a tortured young man who onlywants to live enough to prepare himself for death. Julia Roberts'Hillary is essentially her Vivian from Pretty Woman (I hope everyonewho sees this film is as unimpressed as I was with the shamelessallusion to Pretty Woman when Hillary steps off the bus in -- gasp -- ared suit), but it suits the film well. But the passionate acting fromRoberts, yes, but mostly Scott absolutely rends one's heart. WhenHillary declares that she thought "this guy was going to die," theaudience is right there with her. Scott's performance is so rare and sospecial during these opening minutes because he is not self-pitying. Heis aware of his disease, and he's trying to fight it. He's beyondemotional pain, and as he struggles through the physical pain, we startto feel it too. By the time Victor announces that his treatment isfinished and he's ready for a vacation, the audience is ready for onetoo--it's really too much to watch a character we're instantly soattracted to come so close to death so many times.
However, with the change of scenery comes a change of momentum. This isnot surprising considering how emotional the opening third of the movieis--I'm not sure any movie could sustain that degree of intensity forthe length of a feature film. Sadly though, the couple's time in thebeach house becomes, as one critic put it, a kind of music video whichfeatures long shots of "endearing" moments between the two maincharacters. I would have liked to see more *real* discussions,interactions, etc. between the two than the endless close-ups of theirpretty faces. The townsfolk are superfluous--essentially they're stockcharacters, cut-outs of real people that serve no real purpose in thefilm. Vincent D'Onofrio's Gordon is the most confusing character ofall. He seems to have some sort of flirtation with Hillary, but this isnever developed, explained, or resolved. A shame, as it could haveadded more drama to a section of the film that was sorely lacking inany sort of dramatic effect.
The ending of the movie isn't bad, but it never quite recovers themomentum of the earlier section. However, I find that no matter howmuch I dislike the middle part of the film, I keep thinking about thefilm as a whole, and really really liking it. If you're prone to it,this film will probably make you cry. If you're not interested intears, it's still worth watching because at the very least it will makeyou appreciate how lucky you are to not be going through what Vincentgoes through--not having to make the decisions or sacrifices he makeseach day.
I recommend watching it at least once and forming your own opinion.
After she discovers that her boyfriend has betrayed her, Hilary O'Neil is looking for a new start and a new job. She begins to work as a private nurse for a young man suffering from blood cancer. Slowly, they fall in love, but they always know their love cannot last because he is destined to die.