Intersection (1994 film)

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Directed by Mark Rydell
Produced by Mark Rydell
Bud Yorkin
Written by David Rayfiel
Marshall Brickman
Music by James Newton Howard
Cinematography Vilmos Zsigmond
Edited by Mark Warner
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
  • January 21, 1994 (1994-01-21)
Running time
98 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $45 million[1]
Box office $21,355,893

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[edit]

Vincent Eastman and his wife, Sally, run an architectural firm together. He is the architect and creative director while she is in charge of the business end. Unhappy at home, Vincent encounters a journalist, Olivia, and a romantic spark ignites between them. They attend an antique sale together and begin seeing each other whenever possible. After a quarrel with Sally at home, he moves out. Vincent is torn between his marriage and the possibility of a new future with Olivia, and can't decide what he wants. Thinking that the best course of action for everyone involved is to stay in his unhappy marriage, Vincent writes a letter to Olivia explaining that he is going back to his wife but does not mail it. Shorty after, he stops at a convenience store in the country and sees a little girl who reminds him of Olivia, and his true feelings become too obvious to ignore--he then calls Olivia and leaves a message on her answering machine telling her 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, he is in a car accident and dies. Since Sally is still technically his wife, she receives his belongings at the hospital and finds the unsent letter to Olivia. When Olivia shows up at the hospital, Sally doesn't tell her about the letter; in turn, Olivia doesn't tell Sally about the message that Vincent left for her--this leaves both women believing that he loved them more than the other.



The film received poor reviews from critics, with Rotten Tomatoes holding this film with a 10% rating based on 31 reviews.[2][3][4] It also won Sharon Stone a Golden Raspberry Award and a Stinker award[5] for Worst Actress for her performance in the film (also for The Specialist).

Box office[edit]

The movie was a failure at the box office.[6] 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.


  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. ^ "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.
  6. ^ "Weekend Box Office : Ticket Sales Up Despite Mother Nature". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-06-01.

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