Dying Young is a 1991 American romance film directed by Joel Schumacher. It is based on a novel of the same name by Marti Leimbach, and stars Julia Roberts and Campbell Scott with Vincent D'Onofrio, Colleen Dewhurst, David Selby, and Ellen Burstyn. The original music score was composed by James Newton Howard, with the main song "Theme from Dying Young" performed by American saxophonist Kenny G.
|Directed by||Joel Schumacher|
|Produced by||Sally Field|
|Written by||Marti Leimbach|
|Music by||James Newton Howard|
|Cinematography||Juan Ruiz Anchía|
|Edited by||Robert Brown|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
Hilary O'Neil (Julia Roberts) is a pretty, outgoing yet cautious young woman who has had little luck in work or love. After recently parting ways with her boyfriend when she caught him cheating, Hilary finds herself living with her eccentric mother (Ellen Burstyn). One day, Hilary answers an ad in a newspaper for a nurse only to find herself being escorted out before the interview starts.
Victor Geddes (Campbell Scott) is a well-educated, rich, and shy 28-year-old. As the film progresses, Victor's health worsens progressively, due to leukemia. Despite his father's protests, Victor hires Hilary to be his live-in caretaker while he undergoes a traumatic course of chemotherapy. Hilary becomes insecure of her ability to care for Victor after her first exposure to the side effects of his chemotherapy treatment. She researches leukemia and stocks healthier food in the kitchen.
Victor is "finished" with his chemotherapy and suggests they take a vacation to the coast. They rent a house and Hilary begins to feel that she is no longer needed to care for him. They fall in love and continue living at the coast. Victor hides his use of morphine to kill the pain. During dinner with one of the friends they made at the coast, Victor starts acting aggressively and irrationally. He collapses and is helped to bed. Hilary searches the garbage and discovers his used syringes. She confronts him and he admits he was not finished with his chemotherapy. Victor explains that he wants quality in his life and Hilary says that he has been lying to her. She calls his father, who comes to take him home, but Victor wants to stay for one last Christmas party. Hilary and Victor reconnect at the party and he tells her that he is leaving with his father to go back to the hospital in the morning.
After speaking with Victor's father, who says Victor wants to spend one night alone before leaving, Hilary goes back to the house they rented only to find Victor packing clothes, ready to run away and not go with his father to the hospital. Hilary confronts him about running away and Victor admits that he is afraid of hoping. At this confession, Hilary finally tells Victor she loves him and they then decide to go back to the hospital, where he will fight for his life with Hilary. The last scene of the movie shows Victor and Hilary leaving the house, which has a small picture of Gustav Klimt's Adam and Eve (the first painting Victor shows Hilary) in the window.
The original music score was composed by James Newton Howard, with the main song "Theme from Dying Young" performed by American saxophonist Kenny G, it was nominated for a Best Pop Instrumental Performance.
|1.||"Theme from Dying Young"||Kenny G||4:00|
|2.||"Driving North/Moving In"||James Newton Howard / Kenny G||4:15|
|3.||"The Clock"||James Newton Howard||1:23|
|4.||"Love Montage"||James Newton Howard||2:56|
|5.||"The Maze"||James Newton Howard||2:38|
|6.||"All the Way"||Jeffrey Osborne||3:30|
|7.||"Hillary's Theme"||James Newton Howard / Kenny G||3:08|
|8.||"Victor Teaches Art"||James Newton Howard||1:22|
|9.||"The Bluff"||James Newton Howard||0:59|
|10.||"San Francisco"||James Newton Howard||2:03|
|11.||"Victor"||James Newton Howard||1:39|
|12.||"All the Way"||King Curtis||5:29|
|13.||"I'll Never Leave You (Love Theme)"||James Newton Howard / Kenny G||2:55|
The film earned mainly negative reviews from critics, currently holding a 23% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 39 reviews. Dying Young grossed $33.6 million domestically and $48.6 million overseas to a grand total of $82.2 million worldwide.
The film was nominated for 3 MTV Movie Awards at the 1992 MTV Movie Awards: 'Best Female Performance' and 'Most Desirable Female' for Julia Roberts, and 'Best Breakthrough Performance' for Campbell Scott.
- Kilday, Gregg; Modderno, Craig; Bales, Kate (May 24, 1991). "Julia Roberts' Disappearing Acts". Entertainment Weekly.
- Maslin, Janet (June 21, 1991). "Dying Young (1991) Review/Film; Messed-Up Lives in 'Dying Young'". The New York Times.
- "Dying Young". Rotten Tomatoes.