106 Min | Drama – Romance | November 1984
IMDB Rating: 6.4
Director: Ulu Grosbard
Starring: Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep, Harvey Keitel
Falling in Love Review: There is only one thing more pleasurable than seeing a movie starring Meryl Streep or Robert De Niro, and that is to witness the magic which occurs when these two super stars perform together. The chemistry between them is overwhelming in “Falling In Love” even more so than is their on-screen attraction in “The Deer Hunter.” Unfortunately, during their individual interviews, credits and awards “Falling In Love” is rarely, if ever, mentioned. Ms. Streep portrays Molly Gillmore, a doctor’s wife and commercial artist, and De Niro, Frank Raftis, a construction foreman, husband and father of two young boys in “Falling In Love.” Fate brings the two together on a Metro North commuter train from Westchester County into Manhattan, in New York. Molly and Frank are good, moral suburbanites who just happen to be “Falling In Love,” all the time struggling to remain loyal to their respective families.
Only De Niro and Streep possess the refined artistic abilities to slide into the roles of normal, emotional, realistic characters-and to strengthen this already fabulous screenplay. “Falling In Love” and its dynamic on-screen duo deserve their fair share of attention and fame. For like Molly and Frank (and Linda and Michael before them, in “The Deer Hunter”) Meryl Streep and Robert DeNiro are simply meant to be. Let’s hope they’ll engage in (at least) one more romance of destiny. Falling in Love starts with DeNiro not believing that one of his friends is capable of cheating on his wife and divorcing her to marry someone else. Only to find himself in his friend’s shoes later. It’s a very simple and honest story about the fact that no matter what you do and how hard you try, you don’t control feelings they actually do control you.
There are two scenes that will truly make you think and think. The scene when DeNiro tells his wife that he loves someone else and she slaps him on the face. He does nothing for what he can do. Seriously, what can be done? If your partner comes to tell you that he/she is not in love with you anymore and that he/she is in love with someone else. What can you do? Can you force him/her to love you back? And the second scene is when Streep drives her car hysterically to catch up with DeNiro. The same story played out by ordinary actors would be a total flop, but with Streep and De Niro, success is guaranteed right the way thru. A must for all those who have never found true love but secretly harbour the hope of finding it one day. Overall, Falling in Love is an excellent movie.