Faithful (1996)



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A depressed upper-middle class housewife finds herself marked for murder after her husband leaves for a business trip with his secretary in this dark-tinged comedy drama that was based on a popular Broadway by screenwriter/co-star Chazz Palminteri. Cher plays Margaret the housewife and after her husband leaves, she attempts to commit suicide in her beautiful spacious home. Unfortunately she is interrupted by Tony, the hit man (Palminteri), who immediately ties her up. He cannot kill her though until her husband Jack (Ryan O'Neill) calls to let him know he is safely away from the crime scene. The code will be two rings then nothing. After the killing, Jack will collect $5 million worth of life insurance. With the phone sitting silently, there is nothing left for Margaret and Tony to do but talk (the focus on dialogue betrays the story's theatrical roots). Their conversations cover a broad range of topics and at first Tony harshly derides her for allowing Jack to dominate her. Tony has his own problems too and occasionally pauses to call his therapist (played by director Paul Mazursky). It doesn't take too long though before romantic sparks between Tony and Margaret fly. During the course of their conversations, Margaret deftly toys with Tony's mind, casting doubts about exactly who hired him.
R (adult situations/language, violence)
Comedy , Drama
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New Line Home Entertainment

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as Margaret O'Donnell
Ryan O'Neal
as Jack O'Donnell
Paul Mazursky
as Dr. Susskind
Amber Smith
as Debbie
Mark Nassar
as Maria's Boyfriend
Stephen Spinella
as Young Man at Rolls
Jeffrey Wright
as Young Man at Rolls
David Merino
as Little Tony
Steven Randazzo
as Tony's Father
Olinda Turturro
as Tony's Mother
Max Norat
as Jewelry Store Salesman
Allison Janney
as Saleslady
Chris O'Neill
as Priest
Jerry Walsh
as Trucking Dispatcher
Gianna Ranaudo
as Teacher
Paul Ronan
as Young Guy in Car
Steve Carreri
as Young Guy in Car
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All Critics (15) | Top Critics (6)

If I had Diabolique and Faithful in theaters simultaneously, I'd hire a hit man to take myself out.

December 31, 1999
USA Today
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What a waste of directing and acting talent; Cher's Oscar for Moonstruck may prove to be a fluke if she continues to make such bad pictures sporadically.

Full Review… | January 2, 2007

Cher's face doesn't move.

July 16, 2004

An aggressive and ultimately unlikable comedy mess.

July 25, 2002

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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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September 21, 2005

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