When a Man Loves a Woman (1994)

When a Man Loves a Woman (1994)
  • Time: 126 min
  • Genre: Drama | Romance
  • Director: Luis Mandoki
  • Cast: Meg Ryan, Andy Garcia, Ellen Burstyn, Philip Seymour Hoffman


The onscreen chemistry between Garcia and Ryan sometimes seems a bit intrusive, but make no mistake, this movie hits to the very heart of what happens to a relationship, when one or the other slips into the depravity of alcohol addiction. Garcia is superb as the loving husband, who’s job as an airline pilot, takes him away from the household quite a bit. Ryan, in one of her more darker roles, as the oft blitzed wife and mother, who’s daily struggles eventually catch up with her and her loving family. The real question to be asked in this tour de force, is who is the one who can save Ryan from herself? Garcia or Rehab. For all of his enduring qualities in this movie, one is left wondering whether Garcia is a patron Saint to his wife or an enabler.

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