Designated Heroine

DYING YOUNG

Directed by Joel Schumacher

Screenplay by Richard Friedenberg

Hilary O'Neil (Julia Roberts) is poor but healthy, uneducated but full of spunky common sense. Victor Geddes (Campbell Scott) is rich but mortally ill, overeducated and understandably fearful and withdrawn. In other words, they are made for each other.

If close to a century of movie history has not taught us that, then the past year of Roberts' professional history certainly has. For she has become the designated heroine of our redemptive fairy tales. Having taught a workaholic conglomerateur how to love in Pretty Woman and herself how to overcome the...

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