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The Kiss (2003)

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A newly promoted book editor discovers a potential best seller, although unfinished, manuscript buried in her predecessor's office. Moved by the passionate love story and drawing parallels ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Terence Stamp ... Philip Naudet
Francoise Surel ... Cara Thompson / Claire
Eliza Dushku ... Megan
Billy Zane ... Alan Roberts / young Philip Naudet
Illeana Douglas ... Joyce Rothman
Steven Gilborn ... Mumford
William Mapother ... Peter
Jossie Thacker Jossie Thacker ... Nurse
Steven Houska ... Fred Winoker
Patty McCormack ... Priscilla Standhope
Senta Moses Mikan ... Julianna (as Senta Moses)
Gary Bullock ... Donald Kellermen
Gerry McIntyre Gerry McIntyre ... Darryl
Jennifer Echols ... Post Mistress
Beans Morocco Beans Morocco ... Walt
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A newly promoted book editor discovers a potential best seller, although unfinished, manuscript buried in her predecessor's office. Moved by the passionate love story and drawing parallels to her own life, she embarks on a journey to find the author and the missing ending only to find an old loner who is still struggling to cope with the death of his wife twenty years prior. The two eventually form a close friendship, each drawing wisdom and strength from each other allowing him to write the final chapter on his romance with his wife before succumbing to cancer and inspiring her to find a lost love. Written by JaGs5

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friendship | true love | novel | See All (3) »

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In search of the perfect ending.

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Country:

USA

Language:

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Release Date:

19 August 2005 (Brazil) See more »

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Based on Robert Doisneau's famous 1950 photograph "Kiss by the Hotel de Ville". See more »

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Cara is signs a letter to send to the author and puts it in a priority mail envelope. She then folds the edge over to seal it, but she never removed the protective strip, so it wouldn't have stuck. See more »

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Philip Naudet: Nothing real ever dies.
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A bad Lifetime movie
22 September 2003 | by SoSickOfTheRainSee all my reviews

I rewatched this film on DVD and am stunned as to WHAT HAPPENED?

I was lucky enough to have seen the director's cut of this film in an editing room during August of 2002. Not that it was ever a great film, but it was certainly watchable, with some fun moments. Eliza Dushku, especially, was charming and funny. Really...she stole the film.

But now the fun is gone, lost to these insipid Billy Zane scenes (which had barely existed) and these voice-overs from the book that make me want to gag. Everything is so melodramatic.

I know the star is the producer's wife, but even she was so much better in the original cut. This cut really does make it seem like a vanity project, a reel for Surel.

Why hire the director of The Pretty Girl for such a task?

Having heard the film was recut from scratch, and seeing the final results, I can only wonder: WHY? Did the producers want to make it unwatchable? If that was their goal, they succeeded.

And if they wanted to give us the sappiest collection of mis-matched tunes ever, ditto.

I so remember the Getup Kids song "Mass Pike" playing during the road trip (when Dushku and Surel are driving in the red Mustang)...how cool was that? So cool that the producer pulled it and every lick of the director's music.

And the opening...this brilliant montage of Paris with a Django-type tune in the background...also gone.

What's left...a lot of Zane and Surel...overacting.

There should be a law here like in France where the director controls the film! The Kiss could be exhibit #1.


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