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Release: December 1998 in theaters
Availability: VHS,
DVD, soundtrack.Check news for possible TV listings.
Genre: Drama
Rating: R
Running time: 124 minutes

Box summary: Poignant and funny drama, Playing by Heart follows a group of people who varied generations and lifestyles as they search for love and conneciton in the contemporary Los Angeles. All of these people strangers, lovers, and family -- are transformed by a series of unsettling events that bring into focus just how elusive, complex, and occasionally miraculous love can be in the right circumstances

JSIA summary: Jon fans seem to be evenly split on loving this movie or hating this movie.

Fast-forward tip: All throughout.

Director: Willard Carroll

Writer: Willard Carroll

Credited cast:

Gillian Anderson
Ellen Burstyn
Sean Connery
Anthony Edwards
Angelina Jolie
Jay Mohr
Ryan Phillippe
Dennis Quaid
Gena Rowlands
Jon Stewart (Trent)
Madeleine Stowe

IMDb link.


"Jon Stewart and Gillian Anderson are also very good. She is a lonely theater director and he is a lonely architect. They have a natural unforced chemistry that you wouldn't expect from these two very different television personalities. Although their relationship in the script seems ill-conceived, their performances almost make up for it." Mike Salvati (

"They had already cast the entire movie, and this was the one guy who hadn't been cast yet," he recalls. "And they called up one night -- it happened very quickly -- just, 'Would you want to read for this?' I said, 'Sure.' Did. Boom. It was weird." (Byron Allen 6/5/99)

"I just thought that the script was a really interesting exploration of relationships [in] different generations," he explains. "It wasn't trite. It wasn't 'Listen, we've seen that on Love Boat every weekend.'" (Journal Now 1/28/99)

"I think they thought I was the caterer," he recalled. (Toronto Sun 1/31/99)

[On Gillian Anderson] "She was very cool," he says. "That was the great part. You're in a situation where you're supposed to be, uh, dating, so you have to establish that chemistry right off the bat. But it worked out great." (Jane 2/99)

He says that he dosen't identify with his character, "except, of course, that I am an architect." (Journal Now 1/28/99)


Last updated May 1, 2002 by Chaney.

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