Directed by Ulu Grosbard • 1984 • United States
Starring Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep, Harvey Keitel
The palpable chemistry between Meryl Streep and Robert De Niro elevates this poignant romance, which plays like a 1980s update of a golden-age Hollywood melodrama. Architectural engineer Frank Raftis (De Niro) and commercial artist Molly Gilmore (Streep)—each married and living in Westchester, New York—meet while taking the commuter train into Manhattan on Christmas Eve. It’s a chance encounter that leads to an intense affair of the heart as each struggles to reconcile their infatuation with the reasonably happy home lives they have built.