Directed by: Sydney Pollack
Written by: Warren Adler (novel), Darryl Ponicsan (adaptation)
Other cast: Harrison Ford, Kristin Scott Thomas, Charles S. Dutton
Release date: October 08, 1999
Genre: Drama, Romance
Running time: 2h13min
Two people who've known the pain of loss and the sting of betrayal are brought together under trying circumstances in this romantic drama.
Based on the 1984 novel of the same name by Warren Adler, the film is about a police officer and a congresswoman who discover that their spouses were having an affair prior to being killed in a air disaster. The film adaptation loosely follows the story of the novel, but many of the characters have been changed. Edward Davis is now Sergeant William ‘Dutch’ Van Den Broeck, a Washington, D.C. police officer. Vivien Simpson is now Kay Chandler, a wealthy Republican Congresswoman with a teenage daughter. They meet when their spouses, Peyton and Cullen, are killed on a Boeing 737 and realize that their partners were having an affair. The story evolves around the relationship between the two surviving spouses, as the tragedy envelopes their lives, and affects his career as a police officer and her campaign for re-election to Congress.
The film was stuck in development hell for fifteen years before finally being made. In the 1980s, actor Dustin Hoffman met with the book’s author with a view to making the film. Although Hoffman prompted CBS Theatrical Films to acquire the rights with a view to his starring in the film, Hoffman rejected several drafts of the script before leaving the project altogether. In the early 1990s, Kevin Costner was attached to star in the project, which was then to be directed by James L. Brooks, though this, too, never came to pass.