Speechless (1994 film)
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Speechless is a 1994 American romantic comedy film directed by Ron Underwood. It stars Michael Keaton, Geena Davis (who also co-produced with her then-husband, director Renny Harlin), Bonnie Bedelia, Ernie Hudson, and Christopher Reeve.
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|Directed by||Ron Underwood|
|Written by||Robert King|
|Music by||Marc Shaiman|
|Edited by||Richard Francis-Bruce|
Julia Mann (Davis) and Kevin Vallick (Keaton) are insomniac writers who fall in love, but their romance is thrown for a loop because both are writing speeches for rival candidates in a New Mexico election. Julia is working for the Democratic candidate and Kevin for the Republican candidate.
Also complicating matters are Kevin's ex-wife (Bedelia), who is on the Republican's campaign trail, and "Mr. Flak Jacket," television war correspondent "Bagdad Bob" Freed (Reeve), Julia's estranged fiance, who wants her back.
- Michael Keaton as Kevin Vallick
- Geena Davis as Julia Mann
- Bonnie Bedelia as Annette
- Ernie Hudson as Ventura
- Christopher Reeve as Bob Freed
- Charles Martin Smith as Kratz
- Gailard Sartain as Cutler
- Ray Baker as Garvin
- Mitchell Ryan as Wannamaker
- Willie Garson as Dick
- Harry Shearer as Chuck
- Steven Wright as Eddie
- Jodi Carlisle as Doris Wind
The film focuses on two speechwriters for different gubernatorial candidates in the state of New Mexico.
The film received mostly negative reviews from critics, with Rotten Tomatoes giving Speechless an 11% rating. Despite this, Geena Davis was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for her performance.
The film debuted at No. 5 in the United States and went on to gross $20.6 million. In Latin America, several countries released the film with the title "No se tú", taking advantage of the 1992 hit by Mexican singer Luis Miguel, included in the soundtrack of the film.
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