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Intersection (1994 film)

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Directed byMark Rydell
Written byDavid Rayfiel
Marshall Brickman
Produced byMark Rydell
Bud Yorkin
CinematographyVilmos Zsigmond
Edited byMark Warner
Music byJames Newton Howard
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • January 21, 1994 (1994-01-21)
Running time
98 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$45 million[1]
Box office$21.4 million

Intersection is a 1994 film, directed by Mark Rydell and starring Richard Gere, Sharon Stone, Lolita Davidovich, and Martin Landau. It is a remake of the French film Les choses de la vie (1970) by Claude Sautet, the story — set in Vancouver, British Columbia — concerns an architect (played by Gere) who, as his classic Mercedes 280SL roadster hurtles into a collision at an intersection, flashes through key moments in his life, including his marriage to a beautiful but chilly heiress (Stone) and his subsequent affair with a travel writer (Davidovich).

Plot summary

Vincent Eastman and his wife, Sally, run an architectural firm together. He is the architect and creative director while Sally handles the firm's business end. Unhappy in his marriage to Sally, with whom he has a daughter, Vincent considers his relationship more of a business than a family.

Vincent encounters a journalist, Olivia Marshak, and a romantic spark ignites between them. They attend an antique auction together and begin seeing each other whenever possible. After a quarrel with Sally at home, Vincent moves out but is still torn between his marriage and the possibility of a future with Olivia.

At first, deciding that the best course of action for everyone is for him to remain in his unhappy marriage, Vincent writes a letter to Olivia explaining that he is going back to his wife. Before he can mail it, he stops at a convenience store in the country and sees a little girl who reminds him of Olivia. Realizing his true feelings for Olivia, Vincent calls her and leaves a message on her answering machine, telling Olivia that he loves her, wants to start a life with her and that he's certain about his choice.

While speeding back to the city to be with Olivia, Vincent is in a car accident which results in his death. At the hospital, Sally receives Vincent's belongings and finds the letter to Olivia. When Olivia shows up at the hospital, Sally doesn't tell Olivia about the letter; in turn, Olivia doesn't tell Sally about the message that Vincent left for her.

The women part ways, each believing that she was Vincent's true love.



The film received poor reviews from critics, with Rotten Tomatoes holding this film with a 9% rating based on 32 reviews.[2][3][4] Audiences surveyed by CinemaScore gave the film a grade "C+" on scale of A to F.[5] It also won Sharon Stone a Golden Raspberry Award and a Stinker award[6] for Worst Actress for her performance in the film (also for The Specialist).

Box office

The movie was a failure at the box office.[7] It came in at #3 on its opening weekend behind Mrs. Doubtfire and Philadelphia, and went on to gross $21.3 million domestically against a $45 million budget.

Year-end lists


  1. ^ "'Intersection' Breaks Down on Christmas Freeway". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-06-01.
  2. ^ "Intersection". Chicago Sun Times. Retrieved 2012-06-01.
  3. ^ "MOVIE REVIEW : How to Approach This 'Intersection'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-06-01.
  4. ^ "Review/Film; One Man, Two Women And Scenes Of Vancouver". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-06-01.
  5. ^ "Cinemascore". Archived from the original on 2018-12-20.
  6. ^ "1994 17th Hastings Bad Cinema Society Stinkers Awards". Stinkers Bad Movie Awards. Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on October 17, 2006. Retrieved May 10, 2013.
  7. ^ "Weekend Box Office : Ticket Sales Up Despite Mother Nature". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-06-01.
  8. ^ Craft, Dan (December 30, 1994). "Success, Failure and a Lot of In-between; Movies '94". The Pantagraph. p. B1.
  9. ^ Webster, Dan (January 1, 1995). "In Year of Disappointments, Some Movies Still Delivered". The Spokesman-Review (Spokane ed.). p. 2.
  10. ^ Lovell, Glenn (December 25, 1994). "The Past Picture Show the Good, the Bad and the Ugly -- a Year Worth's of Movie Memories". San Jose Mercury News (Morning Final ed.). p. 3.
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