Forces of Nature (1999 film)

Forces of Nature is a 1999 American romantic comedy film directed by Bronwen Hughes and starring Ben Affleck and Sandra Bullock.

Forces of Nature
Theatrical release poster
Directed byBronwen Hughes
Produced bySusan Arnold
Ian Bryce
Donna Roth
Written byMarc Lawrence
Music byJohn Powell
CinematographyElliot Davis
David Stockton
Edited byCraig Wood
Roth–Arnold Productions
Distributed byDreamWorks Pictures
Release date
  • March 19, 1999 (1999-03-19)
Running time
105 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$75 million[1]
Box office$93.9 million


Ben Holmes (Ben Affleck) is a "blurb" writer responsible for writing the short introductions on the sleeves of hardcover books. On his way from his home in New York City to Savannah, Georgia for his wedding to Bridget (Maura Tierney), he's already anxious about flying. His nerves are worsened when he's seated next to Sarah (Sandra Bullock), a free-spirited drifter who begins to talk to Ben immediately. On takeoff, a bird flies into one of the engines, causing a flameout. Now completely afraid to fly, Ben reluctantly agrees to travel with Sarah, who also needs to get to Savannah within a few days.

During the course of their trip, luck seems to separate them from their destination — from being on the wrong car of a train to getting caught in thunderstorms. However, Ben is impressed by Sarah's fun-loving personality, and starts to form a close bond with her. As they get nearer to their destination, Ben starts to doubt his decision to marry Bridget, and considers allowing fate to pair him with Sarah, who reveals that she is separated from her son who lives in Savannah. Upon arrival, Ben and Bridget still agree to get married since they realize even after everything that has happened, they truly love each other. Sarah witnesses the reconciliation and sneaks away to find her son and move on with her life.



Shooting took place over three days at South of the Border, a tourist attraction near Dillon, South Carolina.[2]

The Joseph Johnson House, a private home on Craven Street in Beaufort, South Carolina known as "The Castle", was used as the Cahill house.[2][3]


Forces of Nature received mixed reviews from critics, as the movie currently holds a 45% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 65 reviews.


  1. ^ "Forces of Nature at Box Office Mojo". Retrieved 2010-09-29.
  2. ^ a b "Movies Filmed in South Carolina: Forces of Nature". Retrieved June 7, 2018.
  3. ^ "Joseph Johnson House – Beaufort, South Carolina". South Carolina Picture Project. Retrieved June 7, 2018.

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