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The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996)

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A shy, middle-aged professor enters into a romantic but non-physical relationship with an unlucky-in-love colleague.

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Barbra Streisand

Writers:

André Cayatte (screenplay "Le Miroir a Deux Faces"), Gérard Oury (screenplay "Le Miroir a Deux Faces") | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Barbra Streisand ... Rose Morgan
Jeff Bridges ... Gregory Larkin
Lauren Bacall ... Hannah Morgan
George Segal ... Henry Fine
Mimi Rogers ... Claire
Pierce Brosnan ... Alex
Brenda Vaccaro ... Doris
Austin Pendleton ... Barry
Elle Macpherson ... Candy
Ali Marsh ... First Girl Student
Leslie Stefanson ... Sara Myers
Taina Elg ... Female Professor
Lucy Avery Brooke Lucy Avery Brooke ... Felicia (as Lucy Avery Brooks)
Amber Smith ... Felicia - Video
David Kinzie David Kinzie ... Claire's Masseur
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Storyline

Rose and Gregory, both Columbia University professors meet when Rose's sister answers Gregory's "personals" ad. Several times burned, the handsome-but-boring Gregory believes that sex has ruined his life, and has deliberately set out to find and marry a woman with absolutely no sex appeal. Greg thinks he's found what he's looking for in Rose, a plain, plump English Lit professor who can't compete with her gorgeous mother and sister. More out of mutual admiration and respect than love, Greg and Rose marry. Greg assumes that Rose understands that he is not interested in a sexual relationship. He's mistaken, and their marriage is nearly destroyed when Rose tries to consummate their relationship. While Gregory is out of the country on a lecture tour, Rose diets and exercises to transform herself into a sexy siren in a last-ditch attempt to save her marriage. Written by Anthony Bruce Gilpin <agilpin@pacbell.net>

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There are two things a woman knows: what she's looking for and what she'll settle for. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language, sensuality and some mature thematic material | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 November 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El espejo tiene dos caras See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$42,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,210,868, 17 November 1996, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$41,252,428, 2 March 1997

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$73,052,428, 31 December 1997
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SDDS | Dolby SR | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

During production, rumors abounded of friction between Jeff Bridges and Barbra Streisand, but both stars downplayed the reports as merely idle gossip. See more »

Goofs

Camera operator visible when Rose rejects Alex. See more »

Quotes

Rose Morgan: Let's face it. They're not standing in line for me.
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Connections

Referenced in Queer as Folk: The Art of Desperation (2001) See more »

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Try a Little Tenderness
Written by Harry M. Woods (as Harry Woods), Jimmy Campbell & Reginald Connelly (as Reg Connelly)
Performed by David Sanborn
Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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What was the problem with the character before?
31 March 2004 | by lougarry1See all my reviews

About the only redeeming characteristics are that Jeff Bridges' character realizes that he has been a schmuck, and Lauren Bacall's character realized how hurtful the cumulative effect of words can be. Otherwise, I found myself becoming annoyed at the overall message.

First off, why must a woman re-make herself totally in order to be seen as sexually attractive? Rose looked far better at the start of the movie than she did at the end. Secondly, What was wrong with the way "Rose" looked at the start of the movie? Totally comfortable, quirky, and sensible. And the idea that a size eight is considered "fat" .... well, I just rolled at that one.

Rose does repudiate sheer looks by the end of the film, but the moment is almost too tiny to be noticed. The bulk of the film shows a woman thinking she's ugly, when she is far from it (but that's a Streisand trope: Babs, you have a big nose, and who cares? You look fine and very attractive), and thinking that comfortable clothes mean frumpiness. It encourages the over-awareness of body--since when has a size eight been "too fat"?????? Basically, Rose's re-awakening to the importance of mind and self, not external standards of beauty, is too little to compensate for all the rest of the film.


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