Rated: PG everyone can enjoy it. Reviewed by: Frank Release date: July 29, 1994 Released by: TriStar Picture
This is basically a love story between Charlie Lang (Nicholas Cage) and Yvonne Biasi (Bridget Fonda). Quality performances, an angel (Isaac Hayes) telling the story and a script right out of the 40s make it memorable.
Charlie is a good heated decent NYC cop, he even plays stick ball with the kids on his block. His wife is a hairdresser who likes money and wants to climb socially. When Charlie wins $4 million he splits the prize with Yvonne, a waitress whom he promised he would split his winning s with in lieu of a tip. "A promise is a promise" is Charlie's watch word. The money brings about the dissolution of his marriage and the beginning of a romantic relationship with Yvonne.
Rosie Perez does a great job as the selfish greedy wife. She is a perfect villain, so much so her character is not enjoyable to watch. There are a few other problems, particularly the court scene which is filled with gapping holes.
Balancing the weak scenes are great scenes like the one in Yankee Stadium where the two winners bring the kids from the street to play baseball. Over the scene Frank Sinatra sings "Young at Heart." The coin give-a-away in the subway has the excitement of a classic old film.
What is most enjoyable is the victory of the two decent people who slowly fall in love while walking and talking without even showing their underwear. They win over a sadistic media and the greed of their first partners. It blatantly steals its ending from and old Jimmy Stewart movie, nonetheless the pure romance, the common decency and the warm romantic magic between Cage and Fonda work wonder. The more I think about it the more I like it.
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