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Cross My Heart (1987)

A man and a woman go out on a "big" third date. He's ashamed to admit he just lost his job, and she's afraid he'll run away if he finds out that she has a kid. Small lies lead to bigger ones and the night gets crazy very soon.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Short ... David Morgan
Annette O'Toole ... Kathy
Paul Reiser ... Bruce Gaynor
Joanna Kerns ... Nancy
Jessica Puscas Jessica Puscas ... Jessica
Lee Arenberg ... Parking Attendant
Corinne Bohrer ... Susan
Jason Stuart ... Waiter
Shelley Taylor Morgan Shelley Taylor Morgan ... Woman in Restaurant
Eric Poppick ... Maitre D
Lori Hall Lori Hall ... Woman Outside Restaurant
Mary Gillis Mary Gillis ... Cashier
Patty Regan ... Waitress
Marti Muller Marti Muller ... Girl in Car
David Nail David Nail ... Convenience Store Clerk
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Storyline

A man and a woman go out on a "big" third date. He's ashamed to admit he just lost his job, and she's afraid he'll run away if he finds out that she has a kid. Small lies lead to bigger ones and the night gets crazy very soon.

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A comedy you can still respect in the morning

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 November 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$455,100, 15 November 1987

Gross USA:

$1,025,762

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,025,762
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

JoBeth Williams was originally cast as Kathy but had to drop out when she got pregnant. See more »

Quotes

Bruce Gaynor: Then she's got a shelf life of like 6 days max and then she meets somebody else and she's gone.
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Alternate Versions

An alternate version of "Cross my Heart" has been prepared for cable television, to flesh the film out for a two-hour TV time slot (with commercials). This version adds about ten-fifteen minutes of deleted scenes in the third act (bringing the running time of the film itself to 100 minutes). The three additional scenes are: 1) A scene in which David follows Kathy onto a bus, against her will; 2) A subsequent scene where David and Kathy walk down a Los Angeles street together, in front of a movie house, and 3) A scene (following the discovery of the 'underwear' in Bruce's yard) where David and Kathy walk down the sidewalk together, side-by-side. All are lengthy dialogue scenes which allow the Short and O'Toole characters to more fully expouse their philosophies about dating. Former salesman David also gets to deliver a lengthy speech about various brands of sunglasses. The aforementioned scenes were excised from the theatrical release cut and home video versions. See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

So Much in Love
Written by William Jackson, George Williams and Roy Straigis
By Arrangement with ABKCO Music, Inc.
Performed by Timothy B. Schmit
Courtesy of Elektra/Asylum Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Your Best Foot Forward
12 February 2012 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Cross My Heart has Martin Short and Annette O'Toole as a pair of thirty somethings now on their third date. The film explores the issue of the fine line between putting your best foot forward to make an impression and how easily that can cross over into lying. Both Short and O'Toole are guilty of that.

With O'Toole it's a sin of omission, she hasn't brought up the fact that she does have a small daughter thinking that it can and has before scared away some potential serious involvement. Short doesn't want her to know he's been laid off and his prospects aren't looking good at the moment.

In fact Short really puts on the dog for this all important third date, borrowing friend Paul Reiser's car and apartment. In the end it's a lesson in love and honesty.

Cross My Heart was Martin Short's attempt at being a traditional leading man and he just falls way short no pun intended of being a romantic figure. I liked him a whole lot better in Captain Ron or The Three Amigos. This is just not his cup of tea.


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