A SAMUEL GOLDWYN COMPANY Production
A Film by ANTHONY MINGHELLA
and WILLIAM HURT
Directed by ANTHONY MINGHELLA
Produced by MARIANNE MOLONEY
Written by AMY SCHOR & VICKI POLON
Co-Producer STEVEN FELDER
Director of Photography GEOFFREY SIMPSON, A.C.S.
Production Designed by DOUGK GRANER
Edited by JOHN TINTORI
Music Composed by MICHAEL GORE
MATT DILLON, ANNABELLA SCIORRA, MARY-LOUISE PARKER, and WILLIAM HURT star in director ANTHONY MINGHALLA'S bitteresweet romantic comedy about a divorced man learning about the mysteries of love as he searches for the perfect mate for his ex-wife.
Gus (Dillon) is a Con Edison electrical worker in New Yor, a young guy from the old neighborhood who married his high-school sweetheart, hung with his childhood friends and thought life would take care of itself.
But his wife, Lee (Sciorra), ahd other ideas. She wanted to improve herself and leave the neighborhood and its claustrophobic ways behind. Eventually, that meant saying goodbye to Gus as well and beginning a college education.
Now Gus has a new girl -- and Rita (Parker), a nurse, is a sweetheart who's ready to get marrid and start a family. However, Gus gets aggravated every time he thinks of Lee-- and Rita worries that he thinks of Lee a bit too often.
His buddies, in an effort to bring Gus in a a partner in restoring a beloved neighborhood bowling alley, suggest finding a "Mr. Wonderful" for Lee -- someone to marry her and take the burden of financial support from Gus' shoulders. And it's not until he's enlisted the help of everyone from Rita to the chariming, good-hearted and eligible pharmacist down the block that Gus begins to wonder what it really is that he wants from live -- and from Lee.
Meanwhile, Lee, who's enjoying the guilty pleasure of a fling with her (married) English professor (Hurt), is suddenly adrift in memory and emotion as she perceives an array of romantic choices before her.
"Mr. Wonderful" takes a poignant second look at first love. Contrasting the gritty realities of life as an electrician with the mysterious electricity of romance, the movie reflects on friendship, old times and new horizons.
A Samuel Goldwyn Production distributed domestically by Warner Bros., "Mr. Wonderful" is directed by Anthony Minghella and written by AMY SCHOR & VICKI POLON. The film is produced by MARIANNE MOLONEY and features the exceptional supporting talents of VINCENT D'ONOFRIO, DAVID BARRY GRAY, DAN HEDYAYA, BRUCE KIRBY, LUIS GUZMAN, JOANNA MERLIN, JESSICA HARPER and ADAM LeFEFRE. It was filmed on location in -- and under -- New York City.