- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 31 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: June 1, 2004
- Originally Released: 1996
- Label: New Line Home Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Entertainment Weekly - 08/23/1996
"...Reasonably funny and ably acted..."
Variety - 03/04/1996
"...Profanely funny dialogue and three strong lead performances....O'Neal serves notice that he has evolved into a first-rate character actor..."
Director Paul Mazursky's dark comedy, adapted from the play by actor Chazz Palminteri, stars Cher as Margaret, a rich and dissatisfied Westchester wife who is so neglected by her philandering and unfaithful husband, Jack (Ryan O'Neal), that she's considering suicide on the night of their 20th wedding anniversary. Things change, however, when she encounters Tony (Palminteri), a brooding, neurotic hit man hired by Jack to kill her while he's away with his office fling (Amber Smith). Tony barges into their expansive mansion and attacks Margaret, tying her up and informing her of the job he's been hired to do. But Tony has been instructed to wait for Jack's signal--the phone will ring twice--and while they wait the pair becomes embroiled in a witty and clever conversation covering a wide range of topics and revealing each other's hidden insecurities and faults. In the process, Tony and Margaret become strangely attracted to each other, drastically altering the outcome of Jack's devious plan. Almost all the action takes place within the walls of Margaret and Jack's home, recalling the film's theatrical origins and intensifying the mood and heightened tension between the killer and his target. Mazursky himself appears as Tony's therapist in this delightful combination of mystery, thriller, and romantic comedy.
In Paul Mazursky's FAITHFUL, a wealthy wife receives an unusual gift for her 20th wedding anniversary--her husband has hired a hit man to kill her. Things don't go quite as planned, though, when the hired gun and his bound target end up bonding with each other.