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Untamed Heart (1993)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 12 February 1993 (USA)
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A waitress hardly notices a shy busboy who secretly loves her; until one night she's attacked and he comes to her rescue. From there a relationship sparks but one secret could mean disaster for these fated lovers.


Tony Bill


Tom Sierchio
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christian Slater ... Adam
Marisa Tomei ... Caroline
Rosie Perez ... Cindy
Kyle Secor ... Howard
Willie Garson ... Patsy
James Cada James Cada ... Bill #1
Gary Groomes ... Bill #2
Claudia Wilkens ... Mother Camilla
Pat Clemons Pat Clemons ... Sister Helen
Lotis Key Lotis Key ... Nun
Vanessa Hart Vanessa Hart ... Nun
Charley Bartlett Charley Bartlett ... Young Adam
Vincent Kartheiser ... Orphan Boy
Wendy Feder Wendy Feder ... Orphange Nurse
Nancy Marvy Nancy Marvy ... Caroline's Mom


Caroline has not had much luck in love. Boyfriends seem to either leave her or cheat on her. Then she meets a shy, introverted man at work named Adam. When leaving work one day, two men attack her. Adam comes to her rescue. Unfortunately, retaliation by the attackers sends Adam to the hospital where he finds out he has a diseased heart. Adam is an orphan and was told he had a baboon's heart. He refuses a transplant, as he believes his love for Caroline is contained in his damaged heart. Before tragedy can strike, they have a passionate but brief romance. Adam opens up to Caroline and he, in turn, heals her broken heart. Written by msdebello@aol.com

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


He doesn't make sense. She doesn't make sense. Together they make sense.


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some strong language and violence, and for sensuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


Rosie Perez character wears a U2 pin on her waitress uniform. See more »


When Caroline watches Adam put his sweater on he has nothing on underneath it. When she goes in to talk to him moments later, he has an undershirt sticking out from underneath the sweater, but as he was putting it on you could see he put both the sweater and undershirt on together. See more »


Caroline: Adam! It's Caroline. I brought you some cookies. I made them. Did you have a nice Christmas yesterday? Can I come in?
Caroline: Great weather. What do you think?
Adam: Would you like some ice cream?
Caroline: Big on the ice cream, aren't you? No, thanks. Well, I guess the cookies are a little on the sugary side.
Caroline: So, you were all alone for Christmas. I should have stopped over yesterday. I should have invited you over. But... I guess you were already there. Thank you for the tree. It's so beautiful. It really made my day ...
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Alternate Versions

The March 2019 U.S. Blu-ray release and Vudu Streaming have the European version with the topless scene. See more »


Referenced in Bloodletting (1997) See more »


Written by Rico Conning (as Conning)/Laurie Mayer (as Mayer)/William Orbit (as Orbit)
Performed by LAPD
Courtesy of I.R.S. Records
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User Reviews

A great portrait of lovers in love
17 June 1999 | by helpless_dancerSee all my reviews

A childhood illness leaves a young man with a serious health problem and a somewhat odd outlook on life. Being rather retiring, he was considered strange by his fellow employees; causing them to shy away from him. Despite all this, he gets to know one of the girls better after he helps her out of a sticky situation. They manage to have a brief yet fulfilling relationship. Very romantic, I loved it.

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Release Date:

12 February 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Baboon Heart See more »


Box Office


$7,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,125,556, 15 February 1993

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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