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Though she always played coy about the fact in interviews, Nora Ephron's novel Heartburn is a thinly disguised "à clef" rehash of her marriage to Washington Post reporter Carl Bernstein. Meryl Streep plays Rachel, an influential food critic who marries charismatic columnist Mark (Jack Nicholson) after a whirlwind courtship. Warned that Mark is constitutionally incapable of settling down with any one woman, Rachel gives up her own job to make certain that her marriage works. When Rachel announces that she's pregnant, Mark virtually jumps out of his skin with delight. But as the news sinks in, Mark chafes at the impending responsibilities of fatherhood, and the philandering begins -- as if it had ever really stopped! Our favorite scene: Rachel and her friends being robbed at her therapy group -- that's Kevin Spacey as the robber, in his film debut. Meryl Streep's real-life child Mamie Gummer also appeared in the film as Rachel's daughter. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:July 25, 1986


Meryl Streep
as Rachel
Jack Nicholson
as Mark
Jeff Daniels
as Richard
Maureen Stapleton
as Vera
Stockard Channing
as Julie
Richard Masur
as Arthur
Catherine O'Hara
as Betty
Steven Hill
as Harry, Rachel's Father
Milos Forman
as Dmitri
Natalie Stern
as Annie
Karen Akers
as Thelma Rice
John Wood
as British Moderator
Dana Ivey
as Wedding Speaker
Kevin Spacey
as Subway Thief
Aida Linares
as Juanita
Margaret Thomson
as Irritated Wedding Guest
Yakov Smirnoff
as Contractor Laszlo
Salem Ludwig
as Judge
Ari M. Roussimoff
as Workman
Angela Pietropinto
as Hospital Receptionist
Elijah Lindsay
as Anesthetist
Kenneth Welsh
as Dr. Appel
Jack Gilpin
as Ellis
Luther Rucker
as Workman
Sidney Armus
as Jeweler
Mamie Gummer
Gregg Almquist
as Dinner Party Guest
Caroline Aaron
as Judith
Geraldine Chaplin
Libby Titus
as Rachel's Sister
Dana Streep
as Dinner Parly Guest
Lela Ivey
as Hairdresser
Ryan Hilliard
as Dinner Party Guest
Jack Neam
as Butcher
Wilfrid Hyde-White
Patricia Falkenhain
as Dinner Party Hostess
Susan Forristal
as Magazine Colleague
Mercedes Ruehl
as Eve
John Rothman
as Jonathan Rice
Cynthia O'Neal
as Magazine Colleague
Kimi Parks
as Arthur and Julie's Daughter
Tracey Jackson
as Hairdresser's Friend
Ron McLarty
as Detective O'Brien
Joanna Gleason
as Diana
Anna Maria Horsford
as Della
Christian Clemenson
as Sidney


Mike Nichols
Robert Greenhut
Mike Nichols
Nora Ephron
Nora Ephron
Book Author
Néstor Almendros
Tony Walton
Production Designer
John Kasarda
Art Director
Susan Bode-Tyson
Set Designer
Ann Roth
Costume Designer
Gary Jones
Costume Designer
Michael Dennison
Costumes Supervisor
Lee Halls
J. Roy Helland