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Cross My Heart (1987)

A man and a woman go out on a "big" third date. He's ashamed to admit he just lost his job, and she's afraid he'll run away if he finds out that she has a kid. Small lies lead to bigger ones and the night gets crazy very soon.


Armyan Bernstein




Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Short ... David Morgan
Annette O'Toole ... Kathy
Paul Reiser ... Bruce Gaynor
Joanna Kerns ... Nancy
Jessica Puscas Jessica Puscas ... Jessica
Lee Arenberg ... Parking Attendant
Corinne Bohrer ... Susan
Jason Stuart ... Waiter
Shelley Taylor Morgan Shelley Taylor Morgan ... Woman in Restaurant
Eric Poppick ... Maitre D
Lori Hall Lori Hall ... Woman Outside Restaurant
Mary Gillis Mary Gillis ... Cashier
Patty Regan ... Waitress
Marti Muller Marti Muller ... Girl in Car
David Nail David Nail ... Convenience Store Clerk


A man and a woman go out on a "big" third date. He's ashamed to admit he just lost his job, and she's afraid he'll run away if he finds out that she has a kid. Small lies lead to bigger ones and the night gets crazy very soon.

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A comedy you can still respect in the morning


Comedy | Romance


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Did You Know?


JoBeth Williams was originally cast as Kathy but had to drop out when she got pregnant. See more »


Bruce Gaynor: Then she's got a shelf life of like 6 days max and then she meets somebody else and she's gone.
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Alternate Versions

An alternate version of "Cross my Heart" has been prepared for cable television, to flesh the film out for a two-hour TV time slot (with commercials). This version adds about ten-fifteen minutes of deleted scenes in the third act (bringing the running time of the film itself to 100 minutes). The three additional scenes are: 1) A scene in which David follows Kathy onto a bus, against her will; 2) A subsequent scene where David and Kathy walk down a Los Angeles street together, in front of a movie house, and 3) A scene (following the discovery of the 'underwear' in Bruce's yard) where David and Kathy walk down the sidewalk together, side-by-side. All are lengthy dialogue scenes which allow the Short and O'Toole characters to more fully expouse their philosophies about dating. Former salesman David also gets to deliver a lengthy speech about various brands of sunglasses. The aforementioned scenes were excised from the theatrical release cut and home video versions. See more »


Hot in the Flames of Love
Written by Narada Michael Walden, Preston Glass and Jeffrey Cohen
Performed by Patti Austin
Courtesy of Qwest Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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A winning star combo.
30 September 2017 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

Funnyman Martin Short and the incredibly sexy Annette O'Toole deliver ingratiating performances in this engaging romantic comedy. They play David and Kathy, two adults about to go on their all- important third date. Unfortunately, the inability of both of them to relax and just be themselves leads to various lies. He's ashamed to admit that he just lost his job, so his best friend Bruce (Paul Reiser) loans him his apartment & car so he can make a good impression. Meanwhile, she's afraid of scaring him off should he learn that she already has a six year old kid.

This is almost a two character movie, that could also work pretty well on the stage. Written by Gail Parent and director Armyan Bernstein, it's an appealing look at modern (in 1987, anyway) dating and relationships. What's impressive about the script is its observational humour and insights into these things. But what really makes the movie work is that Short and O'Toole are so endearing. You do like these characters and want all problems to be resolved.

Granted, some humour is predictable. We all KNOW that when David drapes his clothes over a lamp, that there will inevitably be a fire. And we know that things will get fairly bad before they can start to get better.

Short might not be anybody's idea of a leading man, but he's charming to watch regardless. O'Toole is the real joy; a guy really could fall in love with her. Reiser and TV sitcom mom Joanna Kerns ('Growing Pains') offer fine support.

There is some rather tastefully done sex and nudity as well, in what has to rank as one of the more under appreciated comedies of the 1980s.

Eight out of 10.

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Release Date:

13 November 1987 (USA) See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA


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$455,100, 15 November 1987

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