A tender tale about the romance between Adam, a severely introverted busboy with a congenital heart problem and Caroline, a waitress with a penchant for men who reject her. Walking home late one night from the Minneapolis diner where she and Adam work, Caroline is attacked by two thugs. Just as they are about to rape her, Adam miraculously appears and beats the living daylights out of the two guys. To her surprise, Caroline discovers that the shy, silent Adam has been infatuated with her from afar and has even followed her home every night to make sure nothing happens to her along the way. Won over by his sweetness and devotion, Caroline enters into a tentative relationship with Adam, gently guiding him through his first experience with physical and emotional intimacy.
A waitress with a heart of gold seems destined to keep falling for the wrong guy until the night a reclusive busboy saves her life. His heroic act results in the exposure of his rare heart condition -- and his love for her inside his heart.
Shot on Fuji film, color by DeLuxe. Filmed in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Titles and opticals by Cinema Research Corporation. Additonal cast members: Gary Groomes (Bill #1) and James Cada (Bill #2). Additional music credits: "This Time of the Year" by Cliff Owens and Jesse Hollis; "Sexploration" by Conning, Mayer and Orbit; "Bad Bad Boys" by P. Aronsson, M. Berhanu and F. Teclehaimanot; "Devolution Workin' Man's Blues" by Eddie MacDonald and Mike Peters; "Blood from a Stone" by Anne Preven; "Life is Hard," and "Standard White Jesus" by Pat MacDonald and Barbara MacDonald; "The World is Not a Stranger" by Carla Bianco; "Nature Boy" by Eden Ahbez. Rated BBFC 15 by the British Board of Film Censors.
"...Sweet and sexy....It's Tomei and Perez who give UNTAMED HEART its buoyant wit..." - 03/04/1993 Rolling Stone, p.72-74
"...Marisa Tomei is as unforgettable in UNTAMED HEART as she was as Joe Pesci's no-nonsense girlfriend in MY COUSIN VINNY..." - 02/12/1993 USA Today, p.8D
"...Appealing lead performances....Tomei establishes her dramatic credentials here, projecting a very believable girl-next-door quality..." - 02/01/1993 Variety
"...With her flashing dark eyes and libidinous overbite, Tomei is adorable....She gazes at Slater with such ardor and delight that he's transformed, and so is the audience..." - 02/26/1993 Entertainment Weekly, p.40
"...The movie is sweet and kind of goofy, and works because its heart is in the right place....[Tomei] is winning and warm..." - 02/12/1993 Chicago Sun-Times, p.36