A simple romance that nonetheless carries a great deal of emotional impact, DYING YOUNG tells the story of Hilary O'Neil, an attractive young woman who, upon discovering her live-in boyfriend in bed with another woman, must move out and find a new job. She accepts a position as the in-house caretaker of Victor Geddes (Campbell Scott), a wealthy young man who is suffering from blood cancer. Hilary's first experiences of the aftereffects of chemotherapy leave her in doubt as to whether she can handle the job, but Victor convinces her to stay, as he is beginning to see in her a reason to live. When Victor informs her that his chemo has been successfully completed, they move to a secluded home to start a life together, until cancer once again intrudes. The film is rich in its portrayal of the hardships inflicted by cancer patients and their loved ones, as well as the power of love to lend strength to endure.
Campbell Scott - American Actor, indie film director
Julia Roberts - Oscar-winning American actress, ERIN BROCKOVICH
Vincent D'Onofrio - American actor
Vincent Philip D'Onofrio - American actor
Colleen Dewhurst - Canadian Actress/In USA
Joel Schumacher - American Director/Screenwriter
David Selby - American TV/Film Actor
Julia Roberts stars in this tear-jerker about a young working-class woman who takes a job as a live-in companion to a terminally ill patient. Her charge is a wealthy, reclusive young man with an eye for the paintings of Gustav Klimt -- and for lovely redheads like his new nurse. The relationship between the effete rich boy and the street-wise poor girl blossoms into romance as he teaches her about art and culture and she teaches him about life.
Released in USA June 21, 1991. Color by DeLuxe. Titles by Pacific Title. "Dying Young" reunites Julia Roberts with director Joel Schumacher and co-producer Sally Field, all of whom had earlier collaborated on "Steel Magnolias".
"...A pretty, decorative movie....Roberts' Hilary is frankly irresistible..." - 06/21/1991 New York Times, p.C10
"...[Roberts] manages to seem more alive than life itself on the screen, alternately projecting resilience and vulnerability as conflicting emotions play across her face like light on water..." - 06/21/1991 Los Angeles Times, p.F1