Falling in Love (1984 film)
|Falling in Love|
The film poster.
|Directed by||Ulu Grosbard|
|Produced by||Marvin Worth|
|Written by||Michael Cristofer|
|Music by||Dave Grusin|
|Edited by||Michael Kahn|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
Christmas Eve. Commercial artist Molly Gilmore (Streep) and architectural engineer Frank Raftis (De Niro) are last-minute Christmas shopping in Manhattan. Frank meets his colleague Ed (Keitel) for drinks; Ed tells Frank he is getting divorced. Molly sees her friend Isabelle, who is married but plans to spend Christmas with another man; Molly also visits her sick father. Later that day, at the counter in a hectic bookstore, Frank and Molly get their packages mixed up, and on Christmas Day Molly’s husband, Brian (Clennon), and Frank’s wife, Ann (Kaczmarek), each open the books that were meant for the other.
Three months later, Frank and Molly, who commute into Manhattan from adjacent stops on the Hudson Line, run into each other on the morning train. They struggle to place each other, but eventually Frank remembers, and reminds her of the confusion over the books. Later that day, Frank’s boss asks him to take a post in Houston. Molly visits her father in hospital. Molly tells Isabelle about Frank; Frank tells Ed about Molly. That evening, Frank waits for Molly at Grand Central Station. They talk, and agree to meet on the morning train later that week.
Against their better judgment, Frank and Molly grow closer. They see more and more of each other until, one afternoon, Frank takes Molly to Ed’s apartment. They begin to make love, but Molly cannot go through with it. They agree that they must stop seeing each other.
When Molly returns home that day, Brian gives her the news that her father has died. At the funeral, she has a panic attack. Convalescing, she tells Isabelle that it isn’t grief for her father that she is suffering, but the loss of Frank. Meanwhile, Frank agrees to take the job in Houston. He tells Ann about Molly, throwing the future of their marriage into question.
On the night he is due to leave, Frank calls Molly at home. Frank asks to see her before he goes, but as Brian stands listening, she ends the call. Unable to resist, she tells Brian she must see Frank one more time, and rushes to her car. Driving fast in the pouring rain, she nearly collides with a train at a crossing, and misses her chance.
Some time later, once more in the run up to Christmas, Frank meets Ed and tells him that he and Ann are now separated. Molly meets Isabelle, and it is clear from their conversation that her marriage to Brian has failed too. Frank makes a stop at the bookstore where he and Molly first met. Molly is there at the same time. They talk but, uncertain how things now stand between them, go their separate ways. Walking away from the store, Frank stops, turns and runs after her. A short time later on a crowded train out of Grand Central, he finds her again. They embrace.
The entire film takes place in the New York City metropolitan area and suburbs. There are scenes in locations including Rizzoli Bookstore, the Hudson River train line, Englewood, NJ and Dobbs Ferry, New York.