Faithful (1996 film)

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Faithful poster.jpg
Directed byPaul Mazursky
Produced byRobert De Niro
Jane Rosenthal
Screenplay byChazz Palminteri
Based onFaithful by
Chazz Palminteri
Music byPhillip Johnston
CinematographyFred Murphy
Edited byNicholas C. Smith
Distributed byNew Line Cinema
Release date
  • April 19, 1996 (1996-04-19)
Running time
91 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$13 million
Box office$2,104,439

Faithful is a 1996 American comedy crime drama film directed by Paul Mazursky, which would be his last theatrical film as director before dying in 2014, and starring Cher, Chazz Palminteri and Ryan O'Neal. Palminteri wrote the screenplay, which is an adaptation of his stage play of the same name. Faithful tells the story of a woman, her husband and a hit man. The film was entered into the 46th Berlin International Film Festival.[1]


On her twentieth wedding anniversary, Maggie receives a diamond necklace and a price on her head; both from her husband, Jack. While waiting for the signal, all the way from Connecticut, to do the murder, the hitman starts bonding with Maggie instead. Later, Jack shows up himself, complicating the entire situation.



The film was received poorly at the box office, grossing just $2,104,439. It was a huge drop compared to Cher's previous starring role, Mermaids, which grossed $35,419,397 in 1990. The film's opening weekend of just $967,956 would end as 46% of the film's total gross. This film was also Cher's least successful film of the decade in a starring role. The film was also widely panned by film critics earning a 7% "rotten" rating on the website Rotten Tomatoes.


  1. ^ "Berlinale: 1996 Programme". Retrieved 2012-01-01.

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