15 certificatePlaying by Heart is a Film programme that first aired in 1998 and has been classified a 15 certificate.

Playing by Heart is a 2 star programme

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Playing by Heart (1998)

Directed by
Willard Carroll

Sean Connery and Gena Rowlands are the older couple thinking of breaking up.

Angelina Jolie and Ryan Phillippe are two bright young things disillusioned with modern living who spark off each other but play hurtful games.

Ellen Burstyn plays a mother caring for dying Jay Mohr, while lonely architect Jon Stewart struggles to win the heart of Gillian Anderson.

Poor old Dennis Quaid doesn't even get someone to rub up against, just a succession of martini glasses.

Combine these stars with a Los Angeles milieu of neon and late nights, photographed by veteran cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond (The Deer Hunter, Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, Deliverance), and you have a setting which already hits the right mood.

The film works on various levels: individual couples have their own journeys to undergo before they reach understanding. And taken as a whole, the stories represent an unusual patchwork of compassion, emotion and humanity, qualities which rarely make it past the Hollywood moneymen.

With a range of credible episodes and powerful performances, there is a story in "Playing By Heart" which will appeal to every age.

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Genre: Film

Running Time: 135 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 1998

2/5 Stars

Classification: 15 Certificate

Production Country: UK/USA

Filmed in Colour


Image for Angelina JolieAngelina Jolie...Joan
Image for Dennis QuaidDennis Quaid...Hugh
April Grace...Valery
Image for Patricia ClarksonPatricia Clarkson...Allison
Gena Rowlands...Hannah
Image for Sean ConnerySean Connery...Paul
Image for Gillian AndersonGillian Anderson...Meredith
Christian Mills...Phillip
Kellie Waymire...Jane
Image for Madeleine StoweMadeleine Stowe...Gracie
Anthony Edwards...Roger
Image for Ellen BurstynEllen Burstyn...Mildred
Image for Jay MohrJay Mohr...Mark
Tim Halligan...Cook Show Director
Image for Michael EmersonMichael Emerson...Bosco