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Dying Young
Dying Young
Actors: Julia Roberts, Campbell Scott, Vincent D'onofrio, Colleen Dewhurst, David Selby
Director: Joel Schumacher
Genres: Drama
R     2004     1hr 51min

With little money, a poor education and no luck when it comes to love, Hilary O'Neil (Roberts) answers a want ad and finds her whole world suddenly changed. Hired as the caretaker to a seriously ill young man (Scott), she ...  more »

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Actors: Julia Roberts, Campbell Scott, Vincent D'onofrio, Colleen Dewhurst, David Selby
Director: Joel Schumacher
Creators: Juan Ruiz Anchía, Duncan Henderson, Kevin McCormick, Mauri Syd Gayton, Sally Field, Marti Leimbach, Richard Friedenberg
Genres: Drama
Sub-Genres: Love & Romance
Studio: FOX Home Entertainment
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
DVD Release Date: 02/03/2004
Original Release Date: 06/21/1991
Theatrical Release Date: 06/21/1991
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 51min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 9
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English, Spanish
Subtitles: English, Spanish

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Member Movie Reviews

Tanya B. from SUNDANCE, WY
Reviewed on 10/4/2010...
Fantastic movie!
0 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Reviewed on 7/10/2010...
It was a good movie and very sad in parts. It was my first ime seeing it and I am glad I ordered it. I like Campbell Scott and Julia Roberts.

Movie Reviews

Heart-breaking Melodrama
Matthew M. Yau | San Francisco, CA | 09/07/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"What got me into this movie was actually the theme "I'll Never Leave You" written by Kenny G and James Newton Howard. The beautiful yet melancholy melody delineates a heart-breaking story about a wealthy young lukemia patient, Victor's (Campbell Scott) final stage of life with a surrogate nurse Hillary (Julia Roberts).Recognized of his soon demise, Victor makes the most out of limited lifetime through teaching art and making himself happy. Woven with nurse Hillary, Victor realizes being strong and living life to the full is what really matters. The movie is filled with touching life struggle battling the disease, and also bittersweet conversations among the tormented couple. Scenes and music are both incredible and well-matched. It will touch your soul and prompt you re-evaluate your own life."
An Absolutely Beautiful Love Story!
M. Waters | Maryland | 04/01/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

""Dying Young" is one of the most beautiful love stories I have ever seen on film! The story centers around a woman (Julia Roberts) who is hired to take care of a cancer patient (Campbell Scott). When they first meet, they don't have the greatest respect for each other. Through time they both teach each other incredible things and eventually fall in love. What makes this movie so heart-breaking is Campbell Scott's refusal to continue his cancer treatment towards the end of the movie. I won't tell you what happens at the end, but believe me, you'll need plenty of kleenex - remember, crying doesn't necessarily mean a bad ending. :)I would highly recommend this film. The characters are great, the casting is wonderful, especially the incomparable Colleen Dewhurst (Campbell Scott's real mother), and the film leaves you with a true feeling of hope and that all things are possible. Watch this film, you won't be disappointed!!!!!!!"
Touching and romantic
Stephen M. Bauer | Hazlet, NJ United States | 08/03/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Initially I was a little disappointed that the story didn't go deep enough, but as time goes on, I find myself feeling very fond of the movie. Hillary O'Neil (Julia Roberts) needs a job and a place to live, and so interviews for a live-in position taking care of a sick person in the ultra-wealthy neighborhood of Nob Hill in San Francisco. The job calls for some nursing skills, which she doesn't have. She flunks the interview. However, the young man who is sick, Victor Geddes (Campbell Scott), is secretly watching the interview. He overrides the interviewer and hires her. The job pays $400.00 a week, plus room and meals, which for Hillary is the good life.Victor, Geddes Hillary learns, is a Phd. student in art history who has completed everything but his thesis. His thesis is about two, or several, German impressionists. He shows Hillary slides of their paintings. The artists were obsessed with the women they were painting. One of the artists, Clint, has a number of paintings of a thin woman with big, flaming red hair.The connection between Hillary and the red head in Clint's paintings wasn't pulled off very well. We still feel like Victor hired Hillary mostly for her looks, independent of anything else. It still comes off more as a coincidence than one of the reasons he hired her.Hillary comes from a background where she worked in Diners, parties in clubs and discos and sleeps with construction workers. Victor comes from a background that included butlers, personal assistants, never learning to drive because his family employed a full-time driver. The two have a lot to learn from each other.She doesn't know what she got herself in for. Victor has Leukemia. One of Hillary's jobs is to accompany him to chemotherapy treatments at the hospital and take care of him afterwards. Hillary has quite a strong reaction to just seeing the rest of the patients, large in number, at the chemotherapy ward in the hospital. It's a normal, human reaction. I don't blame her. I would react the same. Hillary is the type of person, who, when the going got too tough, always packed her bags and left. She was without a place to live because she had walked in on her live-in guy, in bed with another woman. So Hillary packed her bags and left. After returning home from the hospital, Hillary has a temper tantrum, because she can't deal with it, and packs her bags. Luckily she didn't leave. We see scene after scene after scene of Victor suffering the after-effects of chemotherapy. The impact of chemo, as show in the movie, can't be underestimated. No wonder when people speak of chemo they tend to do it in the same hushed tones as the big "C" itself.In any movie with a young good-looking female and male lead, we viewers expect, or hope, they fall in love. This aspect, I feel was handled well, somewhat realistically. Hillary is ambiguous throughout. They become close; they become friends, but any normal woman would hold back from falling in love with someone in Victor's shape. Nothing in the movie was suggestive of gold digging, except for a remark by Hillary's mother, and that's to be expected.Victor intentions are much less ambiguous than Hillary's. He just doesn't spell out what they are, early on. In the latter part of the movie, Victor lies to Hillary and tells her he no longer needs chemo and takes Hillary to a vacation house in the country. The truth is, Victor has renounced any more chemotherapy, and what he wants to do in the country is to try and live normally for a time before he dies. You can't blame him. Victor's life has been cold and isolated. He tells Hillary early on that his father, a lawyer, is in Japan on business while suffers through chemotherapy. When Victor first hires Hillary, she subtly and insinuatingly manages to probe if Victor has hired her with the intention of sleeping with her. Victor bluntly replies that there have been other women in the house before. What Victor is looking for is love and intimacy.My hope for Hillary's character is that the experience will help her to put her own problems in better perspective. Can't deal with seeing the chemo ward? Try having leukemia yourself. Hillary can always pack her bags and leave. Victor cannot. My hope for the viewer is that s/he comes away with a respect for the life of the dying.Julia Roberts' and Campbell Scott's roles were balanced, but the film focuses more on the drama surrounding Hillary rather than Campbell Scott. Although looking at the problems associated with being the caretaker for someone dying of cancer is a legitimate one, the person with the cancer has the bigger problem. Campbell Scott should have been the lead role. His was the far more dramatic viewpoint.Hillary O'Neil was a more sober role for Julia Roberts than her usual movies, although the personal side of Hillary was similar to the Pretty Woman and Erin Brockavich roles. This is what viewers have come to expect of her. I find that one of Julia Robert's most interesting strengths as an actress and a woman is that she is capable of turning on hundreds of different facial expressions showing all sorts of nuanced feelings, attitudes, shades of emotions, colors and facets. This story was a perfect vehicle to exploit that talent, but we see little of it.What is disappointing is that given the material and the cast, the producers, director and screen writers should been able to create a much more powerful movie."