Rolling Stone - 05/19/1994
"...Surprisingly gripping....Ryan and Garcia achieve a rare and remarkable poignancy..."
USA Today - 04/29/1994
"...Good acting, grown-up material....Superbly acted exchanges..."
Variety - 04/25/1994
"...It's a first class production, accentuated by fine performances and an unflinching script....Ryan has one of those rollercoaster roles that demands attention..."
Los Angeles Times - 04/29/1994
"...Garcia and especially Ryan have worked extremely hard on their performances, with excellent results..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 05/06/1994
"...It's fresh and original in the way it sees its characters..."
A picture-perfect family, full of love and passion for life, is threatened by the wife's dependence on alcohol in this heart-wrenching drama. In the end, it may take more than they can give to overcome their shared struggles.
Imagine a picture perfect family: a dashing pilot father, two beautiful daughters, and a loving guidance counselor mother. There's just one rub: Mom's got a perfectly hidden drinking problem. Suddenly a boating accident brings the family's secret into the open. The mother struggles first to conceal and then confront her alcoholism, finally entering a rehabilitation clinic. While his wife heals, the husband has to hold his family together and recognize his role in her addiction.
Family Interaction |
Love Story |
Social Issues |
Shot in Technicolor and on location in Los Angeles and San Francisco, California.
In Dolby stereo.
Began shooting May 17, 1993, completed August 8, 1993.
Alan J. Pakula was originally set to direct but left in 1992 over creative differences.
Copyright Touchstone Pictures.
Rated BBFC 15 by the British Board of Film Classification.