True Love (1989)




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Independent filmmaker Nancy Savoca's True Love stars Annabella Sciorra as a none-too-bright young lady who evinces untapped brilliance in getting her boyfriend Ron Eldard to the altar. Sciorra's work is certainly cut out for her: Eldard, who prefers chumming around with his old high school chums, is a virtual stranger to the word "commitment." Even so, a wedding date is set, and the guests begin gathering. Will the bells peal for Sciorra, or is she in for another let-down? Hardly original material, True Love scores in its "little truths" about the characters: these are people that you and I know all too well, no matter what our social standing in life. Co-written by Nancy Savoca and her husband Richard Guay, the film won first prize at the Utah-based US Film Festival.
R (adult situations/language)
Comedy , Romance
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MGM Home Entertainment


Ron Eldard
as Michael
Marianne Leone
as Carmella
John Nacco
as Benny
Ann Tucker
as Barbara
Marie Michaels
as Chickie
Saverio Guerra
as Frankie
Dale Carman
as Father Frank
Christopher Shaw
as Furniture Salesman
David Stepkin
as Deli Customer
Bill Bastiani
as Joe Chicken
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Critic Reviews for True Love

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (1)

Nancy Savoca's first (and still best) film shows a good, sensitive ear to the lingo and subculture of this ethnic milieu, of both genders. Competing at Sudance Fest in 1989, it won the jury award for best drama.

Full Review… | January 3, 2007

Even though the story is simple, the characters aren't.

Full Review… | October 15, 2003

An honest, thoughtful look at a real relationship and the various pitfalls surrounding it.

August 30, 2003
Apollo Guide

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November 3, 2005
International Press Academy

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September 27, 2005
Fantastica Daily

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Full Review… | September 4, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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Audience Reviews for True Love

True Love is very much a story about family and neighborhood and Nancy Savoca obviously has an eye for the several generations. This is Savoca's first feature, eliciting nice performances out of neophytes.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

A New York couple have cold feet as they dwindle toward marriage. A collection of bad accents and trite cliches, every plot event of True Love is painfully predictable. Commitment-phobic men, mistakenly suspected adultery, and needs of independence all make up this film, which anyone has seen many times before in many forms. Overall, there's nothing true about True Love.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer


Hollywoodized vision of working class East Coasters. Character development is limited to cliches. Nothing happens here that you don't expect.

Robert Cotterman
Robert Cotterman

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