One From The Heart
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After completing Apocalypse Now, Francis Ford Coppola initially planned for his next picture to be an intimate romantic musical shot on a low budget in Las Vegas. Three years later, One from the Heart had mushroomed into a big-budget spectacular, shot on strikingly stylized sets at his newly opened Zoetrope Studio and costing a then-massive $27 million. The story concerns Hank (Frederick Forrest) and Franny (Terri Garr), a working-class couple living on the outskirts of Las Vegas; after five years together, their relationship has fallen into a rut, and they both set off in search of new… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 46%

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"A hybrid musical romantic fantasy, lavishing giddy heights of visual imagination and technical brilliance onto a wafer-thin story of true love turned sour, then sweet."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"There's not a moment in One From the Heart when Mr. Coppola isn't after something romantic and glorious, something inexpressibly grand. At times, he even gets what he's after."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Razzle-dazzle gimmickry and photographic techniques dwarf the trivial story."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"... simultaneously ahead of its time and delightfully quaint, a simple romantic comedy that revels in the dreamy artifice of a meticulously re-created fantasy Las Vegas."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"If any film from the 1980s needs to be re-examined, it's Francis Ford Coppola's One from the Heart."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"At times the project seems in danger of being scuppered by its own lavishness; the saving grace is a light heart."
‑ , Time Out
"[An] often maligned, giddy, superlative romantic musical."
‑ Douglas Pratt, Hollywood Reporter
"A flawed film, to be sure, but one certainly ripe for reexamination some 20 years on."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"It's even worse now, when its perms and polyester mark it as dated as its sexual politics."
‑ Kim Linekin, eye WEEKLY
"One From the Heart is aptly named. No one will mistake it for One From the Brain."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"An interesting production but not a good movie."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A playful, delightfully unfathomable piece of magic."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"With more than 200 salaried employees on a 10-acre lot that included 9 soundstages, 34 editing suites, and a gigantic trailer that the mogul dubbed the Silver Fish, Coppola videotaped rehearsals in an effort to cut down on film costs. Alas..."
‑ Rob Nelson, City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
"A 1982 curio about feeling, not the weighty machinations of plot... but one that offers only moments of studied amusement, not rapt absorption."
‑ Brent Simon, Entertainment Today
"While it was a fascinating filmmaking experiment in its day -- One From The Heart was initially released in 1982 -- it has not time-travelled very well."
‑ Bruce Kirkland, Jam! Movies
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