- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 26 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: May 21, 2002
- Originally Released: 1996
- Label: Miramax
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
- Additional Release Material:
- Interactive Features:
- Scene Access
- Interactive Menus
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Liev Schreiber &
Lynn Cohen &
Brenda Thomas Denmark,
Isa Thomas &
Miranda Stuart Rhyne
Rolling Stone - 08/22/1996
"...A perceptive blend of humor and heartbreak..."
Entertainment Weekly - 07/26/1996
"...Moments of tenderness and wit, as well as...the light touch [of an] attractive cast..."
Variety - 01/29/1996
"...Uniformly droll lead performances as well as impressively confident filmmaking savvy. Buoyant style and innumerable little insights about contempo lifestyles make for an engaging crowd-pleaser..."
Los Angeles Times - 07/17/1996
"...It's a downright refreshing experience to be presented with people you can identify with....A romantic comedy with stellar portrayals..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 07/26/1996
"...One of the gifts of WALKING AND TALKING is that it remains subtle and gentle..."
Wall Street Journal - 04/30/2010
"[T]he essence of th film lies in the depth and texture of their friendship."
Catherine Keener and Anne Heche star as childhood friends who have now grown up, moved to the big city, and are trying to maintain their friendship as they each deal with their ever-changing life and loves. WALKING AND TALKING, writer-director Nicole Holofcener's debut feature film, is a smart, witty, perceptive film that explores what it's like to be single in New York City in the 1990s. As Laura (Heche) gets engaged to Frank (Todd Field), Amelia (Keener) grows closer with ex-boyfriend Andrew (Liev Schreiber) while considering going out with Bill (Kevin Corrigan), a film geek who works in a video store. The strain that their individual relationships put on each other soon threatens to drive Amelia and Laura apart, as Laura prepares to get married, and Amelia must care for her sick cat.
Holofcener's keen ear for dialogue makes WALKING AND TALKING an honest, utterly believable examination of a lifelong friendship that is suddenly in trouble as the innocence of childhood can no longer make problems go away. Keener and Heche are wonderful as the best friends, with excellent support from Field, Schreiber, Corrigan, and the rest of the cast (which includes SOPRANOS star Vincent Pastore as a bizarre therapy patient and THE WEST WING's Allison Janney as a comforting neighbor). Billy Bragg's wonderful songs make up much of the soundtrack.
Description by Buena Vista Home Entertainment.:
Walking And Talking
This fun, critically acclaimed comedy follows the hilarious antics of four friends looking for love in the '90s! Laura, Frank, Andrew, and Amelia always have something to laugh about when it comes to matters of the heart. There are good dates, bad dates, and no dates. Wild fantasies. Long-distance phone sex. And an outrageous search for Mr. Right that turns up every oddball imaginable! In the hilarious tradition of BEAUTIFUL GIRLS and FLIRTING WITH DISASTER, WALKING AND TALKING shows that the ups and downs of modern romance aren't easy ... they've just never been funnier!
Manhattanite yuppies Laura and Amelia are close confidantes until Laura gets engaged and their relationship with each other begins to change. While Amelia struggles through romantic misadventures, Laura starts to have doubts about her upcoming nuptials.
Character Study |
- WALKING AND TALKING screened in competition at the Sundance Film Festival in January 1996.
- Filmed on location in New York City.
- Spatz played Amelia's cat, Big Jeans.
- The soundtrack includes songs by Joe Henry, Yo La Tengo, Liz Phair, Frente, Pal Shazar, and Billy Bragg, among others.
- Producer James Shamus is also Ang Lee's writing partner; among the films he has cowritten are THE WEDDING BANQUET, EAT DRINK MAN WOMAN, THE ICE STORM, RIDE WITH THE DEVIL, and CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON.