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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

Cast

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

Crew

Mike Nichols
Director
Robert Greenhut
Producer
Mike Nichols
Producer
Nora Ephron
Screenwriter
Nora Ephron
Book Author
Néstor Almendros
Cinematographer
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
Makeup
J. Roy Helland
Makeup
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