Random Hearts (1999)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Harrison Ford Sergeant William 'Dutch' Van Den Broeck
Kristin Scott Thomas Kay Chandler
Charles Dutton Alcee (as Charles S. Dutton)
Bonnie Hunt Wendy Judd
Dennis Haysbert Detective George Beaufort
Sydney Pollack Carl Broman
Richard Jenkins Truman Trainor
Paul Guilfoyle Dick Montoya
Susanna Thompson Peyton Van Den Broeck
Peter Coyote Cullen Chandler
Kristin Scott-Thomas
Movie Details
Genre Drama; Romance
Director Sydney Pollack
Producer Sydney Pollack; Marykay Powell
Writer Warren Adler; Darryl Ponicsan; Kurt Luedtke
Studio Columbia / TriStar
Language English
Audience Rating R (Restricted)
Running Time 133 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Reviled by critics and largely ignored by moviegoers when released in 1999, Random Hearts is a pox on the reputations of Harrison Ford, Kristin Scott Thomas, and director Sydney Pollack, but it doesn't entirely deserve its lowly fate. The movie's lugubriously paced and its repressed passions are dulled under the weight of relentless melancholy, but Pollack deserves credit for defying the Hollywood Zeitgeist with a mature, substantial film about the power of betrayal to reach beyond the grave.

Ford plays a Washington, D.C. detective; Scott Thomas is a Congresswoman in the midst of a re-election campaign. When their spouses die in a plane crash, the cop is convinced they'd been having an affair, and his obsessive, masochistic quest for the painful truth draws him closer to the Congresswoman despite the mutual risks to their careers and domestic privacy. While she hides behind a façade of denial, his agonized investigation makes him simultaneously unappealing (a risk Ford may have taken as a challenge), sympathetic, and sadly compelling.

Pollack takes his own chances by keeping everything so relentlessly downbeat, but anyone receptive to the story will find that Random Hearts is a subtly rewarding study of tormented adults who've discovered too late the weaknesses of their seemingly stable marriages. It's anything but cheerful, and a subplot involving a corrupt cop (Dennis Haysbert) is a formulaic distraction. But Random Hearts provides welcome relief from dramas that flirt with emotional anguish without delving into its deeper consequences. --Jeff Shannon

Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 74
In Collection Yes
Links Amazon US
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Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio 1.85 (16:9) Letterboxed
Layers Single side, Dual layer
UPC 043396040007
Chapters 30
Release Date 8/6/2002
Subtitles English
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks Dolby Digital 5.0 - English
Dolby Digital Surround - English, Director's Comments
Dolby Digital Surround 2.0 - English
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Widescreen Dolby