Prelude to a Kiss (1992)



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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.
Comedy , Drama , Science Fiction & Fantasy , Romance
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Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment


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
Sydney Walker
as Old Man
Stanley Tucci
as Taylor
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
Jobe Cerny
as Clerk
Josette DiCarlo
as Mother in Train Station
Peter Lloyd
as Jamaican Waiter
Richard C.W. Schulz
as Party Goer
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 (23) | Top Critics (5)

This Prelude to a Kiss is not only without charm and wit, but it's also clumsily set forth: many people seeing it may wonder what, in heaven's name, is going on.

Full Review… | August 13, 2007
New York Times
Top Critic

As a reflexive meditation on the nature of love in the AIDS era, this erio-comedy is poignant but it still bears too much the theatrical sensibility of the source material.

Full Review… | August 6, 2008

The body-switching gimmick shouldn't work, but it really does.

February 17, 2005
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

So-so romantic comedy fantasy that barely gets by.

May 20, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

This adult fairy tale gives us a glimpse of our unity with others and celebrates the enduring power of love.

Full Review… | February 25, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

Are romantic comedies supposed to give you the willies?

May 12, 2001
Apollo Guide

Audience Reviews for Prelude to a Kiss

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 Cenzano
Jason Cenzano

Super Reviewer


A dumb little tale about old men jumping bodies after kissing brides and all hell breaking loose. Don't resolve itself very creatively.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

A Prelude to a Kiss is a strange but likable movie. It's about a dieing old man that switches bodies with a bride (Meg Ryan) on her wedding day.

Jim Woehr
Jim Woehr

Super Reviewer

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