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A 1991 American romance drama directed by Joel Schumacher that has a young nurse (Julia Roberts) falling for a terminally ill patient (Campbell Scott) she is caring for.

The movie also stars Vincent D'Onofrio, Colleen Dewhurst, Ellen Burstyn, David Selby, George Martin, and AJ Johnson.

It was released on June 21, 1991.


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  • Tagline: "She's giving him something nobody else could. A reason to live".
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