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Dying Young (1991)



Critic Consensus: Dying's easy; it's making audiences care about the romance at the heart of this inert drama that proves difficult.

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In Joel Schumacher's Dying Young, Julia Roberts plays Hillary O'Neil, a carefree young middle-class woman who falls in love with wealthy leukemia victim Victor Geddes (Campbell Scott). Many of the scenes take place during Victor's chemotherapy sessions, so you can guess that this isn't a barrel of laughs. When originally previewed, the film carried the tragic ending found in its source, a novel by Marti Leimbach. None of the test audiences cared for that, so, for the umpteenth time, a Julia Roberts vehicle was shipped to general audiences with a totally revised denouement. Campbell Scott's real mother, the late Colleen Dewhurst, plays his "reel" mother in Dying Young.


Julia Roberts
as Hilary O'Neil
Campbell Scott
as Victor Geddes
Colleen Dewhurst
as Estelle Whittier
David Selby
as Richard Geddes
Ellen Burstyn
as Mrs. O'Neil
Michael Halton
as Gordon's Friend
Larry Nash
as Assistant
Alex Trebek
as Host of `Jeopardy'
Fran Lucci
as Annabel
Richard Friedenberg
as Jeopardy Contestant
Duncan Henderson
as Jeopardy Contestant
Bettina Rose
as Jeopardy Contestant
Patrick Cage
as Shauna's Boyfriend
Howard Morris
as Voice on Jetsons
Tim Bohn
as Guest
Holly del Rosso
as Child in Hospital
Trevor Fant
as Child in Hospital
Kevin O'Connor
as Child in Hospital
Lauren Oymainan
as Child in Hospital
Erin Vallely
as Child in Hospital
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Critic Reviews for Dying Young

All Critics (39) | Top Critics (18)

Where most contemporary directors would be looking for ways to demonstrate their superiority to the material -- dropping in campy asides or meaningless technical flourishes -- Schumacher is looking for ways to make it work.

July 1, 2013 | Rating: 3/4

Donate the ticket money you would have spent to medical research, and stay home.

July 1, 2013 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Yes, it is good to see how much of a difference actors can make with flimsy material, but wouldn't it be nice if they had something with more than the emotional weight of a Twinkie to work on?

July 1, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

The onslaught-of-illness stuff is rendered not with emotion but with makeup and lighting. The actors are reduced to models in a film that tries to sell compassion by the shot.

July 1, 2013

These people are like an adolescent's idea of adulthood. They're junior high schoolers without zits, emotionally arrested and unaware of it.

July 1, 2013 | Rating: 2/5

Will someone please, please, write a part for Julia Roberts and not be happy just to look at her?

July 1, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dying Young

She gave him something nobody else could. A reason to live.

Wahida K
Wahida K

Super Reviewer

Nothing groundbreaking but good.

Sunil Jawahir
Sunil Jawahir

Super Reviewer


Sappy. It's so sappy that it's like the sap that drips onto your car and removes the paint.

Summer W.
Summer W.

Super Reviewer

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