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With: Juliet Stevenson, Alan Rickman
Written by: Anthony Minghella
Directed by: Anthony Minghella
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 106
Date: 11/10/1990

Truly Madly Deeply (1991)

3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Ghost Wanted

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Before director Anthony Minghella got all hunkered down with his long,lumbering films The English Patient (1996) and The Talented Mr.Ripley (1999), he crafted Truly Madly Deeply (1991), a wonderful, bittersweetlittle romantic comedy about a widow, played by the wonderful JulietStevenson, whose grief over her late husband (Alan Rickman) istemporarily relieved when he comes back as a ghost. Far more intimatethan Ghost (released a year earlier), it does not contain any chasescenes. Rather, it contains scenes of Rickman and several fellow ghostswatching videos of great movies. Apparently the afterlife does not haveVCRs.

DVD Details: MGM/UA's DVD is presented panned-and-scanned, which is OK, since the film was originally created for BBC television. Anthony Minghella provides a very good, self-effacing commentary track. Unfortunately, it comes with arguably the worst cover art I've ever seen on a DVD.

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