Angie (1994 film)

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Directed by Martha Coolidge
Produced by Larry Brezner
Roger Birnbaum
Patrick McCormick
Joe Roth
Written by Todd Graff
Based onAngie, I Says
by Avra Wing
Music by Jerry Goldsmith
Cinematography Johnny E. Jensen
Edited bySteven Cohen
Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures
Release date
March 4, 1994
Running time
107 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$26 million
Box office$9.4 million

Angie is a 1994 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Martha Coolidge and starring Geena Davis as the title character. It was produced by Caravan Pictures and distributed by Hollywood Pictures. It is based on the 1991 novel Angie, I Says by Avra Wing, [1] which was a New York Times Notable Book of 1991. The film received mixed to negative reviews and was a box office bomb, grossing only $9.4 million against its $26 million budget.



Angie (Geena Davis) is an office worker who lives in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn, New York and dreams of a better life. After learning that she is pregnant by her boyfriend Vinnie (James Gandolfini), she decides that she will have the baby, but not Vinnie as a husband.

This turns the entire neighborhood upside down and starts her on a journey of self-discovery, including a love affair with a man named Noel (Stephen Rea) who she meets at an art museum. Even her best friend Tina (Aida Turturro) has trouble understanding her.



20th Century Fox films head Joe Roth, production president Roger Birnbaum and producer Larry Brezner had "Angie, I Says" under development. Todd Graff had written the screenplay for Madonna. The adaptation was placed into turnaround. Roth and Birnbaum had left for an independent label at Disney, Caravan Pictures, and were able to get the "Angie, I Says" adaptation moved over. Because of scheduling conflicts with her role in Abel Ferrara's movie Dangerous Game , which is also produced by her company, Maverick, she dropped out of the then Jonathan Kaplan-directed movie. Madonna had wanted them to push back production on the film, but given that it was a winter story, Caravan wanted to film it in winter, then debut it in winter. She bowed out as they also took issue with her lack of acting experience. The lead role was then offered to Geena Davis. [1]


The film opened to mixed reviews and was a box office bomb. In addition, Geena Davis, who won an Oscar six years before for The Accidental Tourist received mixed to negative reviews. Critics felt she could have been better in this movie or another set in Brooklyn. The film was famous for introducing three actors who would star on the TV show The Sopranos : James Gandolfini, Aida Turturro, and Michael Rispoli. Audiences surveyed by CinemaScore gave the film a grade of "B" on scale of A+ to F. [2]

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