Prelude to a Kiss


Prelude to a Kiss

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On her wedding day, bride Meg Ryan is kissed by a strange old man (Sydney Walker) who shows at the wedding uninvited. Meg and Walker instantly exchange personalities, much to the discomfort of groom Alec Baldwin. In trying to set things aright, Baldwin discover that the man is dying from cancer.


Alec Baldwin
as Peter Hoskins
Meg Ryan
as Rita Boyle
Kathy Bates
as Leah Blier
Ned Beatty
as Dr. Boyle
Patty Duke
as Mrs. Boyle
Syd Walker
as Julius - The Old Man
Richard Riehle
as Jerry Blier
Debra Monk
as Aunt Dorothy
Ray Gill
as Uncle Fred
Ward Ohrman
as Minister
Annie Goldman
as Tin Market Musician
Frank Carillo
as Tin Market Musician
Sally Murphy
as 1st Bridesmaid
Victoria Haas
as 3rd Bridesmaid
Fern Persons
as Elderly Woman
Josette DiCarlo
as Mother in Train Station
Peter Lloyd
as Jamaican Waiter
Lucina Paquet
as Dancing Woman
Glendon Gabbard
as Dancing Man
Rob Riley
as Mr. Sokol
Jane Alderman
as Mrs. Sokol
Annie Golden
as Tin Market Musician
Peter Hudson
as Hotel Band
Paul Hussey
as Hotel Band
Ozzie Wilkins
as Hotel Band
Robert Lindo
as Hotel Band
Eric Miller
as Hotel Band
Andrew Fatta
as Hotel Band
Brian Jobson
as Hotel Band
Harold Williams
as Hotel Band
Peter Couch
as Piano Player
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Critic Reviews for Prelude to a Kiss

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (6)

Audience Reviews for Prelude to a Kiss

  • Jun 06, 2012
    Prelude to a kiss is a nice little film without as much personality as its two star actors, Alec Baldwin and Meg Ryan could have given it with a better script. They're the main reason for this film working. It's not overly funny, not overly romantic, but it somehow works. I would recommend it to fans of romance movies, but not many others.
    Jason C Super Reviewer
  • Feb 24, 2012
    A dumb little tale about old men jumping bodies after kissing brides and all hell breaking loose. Don't resolve itself very creatively.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 05, 2010
    In this quirky romantic comedy about soul transference, Alec Baldwin plays Peter Hoskins, the straight-laced head of the microfiche department at a company that publishes scientific journals. When he meets a free-spirited, sleep-deprived bartender named Rita (Meg Ryan), the opposites attract and launch into a round-the-clock romance characterized by private jokes and an intense connection that defies description. When the two decide to marry, however, an unforeseeable cosmic occurrence entirely alters the nature of their relationship. Those who claim that marriage changes a person couldn't be more right in this case, as a confused old man (Sydney Walker) wanders into the wedding reception and plants a single kiss on the lips of the new bride. Longing for the youthfulness he sees in the happy couple, the man inadvertently causes the two to switch bodies during the smooch. Thinking no one will believe the story, Rita (now hidden inside a cancer-ridden octogenarian) leaves the premises before causing any more of a stir, while the old man in Rita's body is whisked off with Peter on their honeymoon before anyone is the wiser. Soon, Peter begins noticing that his new bride is an entirely different person, but can't figure out why -- and wonders if it's just a natural dose of cold feet. When he can no longer ignore the total dissimilarity, Peter begins suspecting that something supernatural has occurred, and wondering how he can restore his wife to her former self, especially when her body's new occupant resists the effort and goes on the lam.
    Martin D Super Reviewer
  • Dec 10, 2007
    A personal favorite.
    Leo L Super Reviewer

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