Untamed Heart

A baboon heart?

Make no mistake, this movie’s unabashedly gonna pull on the ol’ heartstrings. And, just like me, you’ll fall for it like a dummy. Oh well.

Caroline (Marisa Tomei) is working in a diner with a mysterious busboy named Adam (Christian Slater), who doesn’t talk hardly at all. She never shuts up, but he sits at home and reads. One night, walking home from work, she gets attacked, but Adam saves her. They fall in love. One problem: he’s got a big scar in the middle of his chest, and he thinks its from the fact that when he was younger, he had a baboon’s heart transplanted into his body because his own heart was too weak. He needs a new transplant, but he doesn’t want to get one: he feels that the heart gives him great strength and makes him ferocious when he needs to be, like the animal the heart actually came from (this came from a story told to him by the nuns who raised him).

You know what’s going to happen. It’s doomed love from the start (as all romances seem to be), and someone’s going to end up with their heart broken.

Memorable Quotes from
Untamed Heart (
1993)

Caroline: You love with your mind and soul, not you heart.
Adam: [Touching his chest] Then how come I hurt here when you’re not with me?


Caroline: Adam your heart is diseased! You need a new one.
Adam: But this is my heart! I’m afraid that if they take it away I won’t be able to love you the same.


Adam: Once people got use to staying away, they always stayed away. I never got close to anybody.


 [About her dad]
Caroline: First guy to walk out of my life, definitely not the last. Funny things, you and me. You always stayin’ away from love, me always chasin’ after it.


Caroline: Don’t let people stand in your way. They’re just people. like you and me! Well, maybe not like you. I don’t know if I have ever met anyone like you before.


Caroline: He was like an angel, you know? I never knew life could be like that. He was the one thing I followed through in my life, the one thing I didn’t give up on. I was good at loving him.


Caroline: I am going to fall in love with you. You don’t have to love me back. I am going to give you my heart.


Caroline: What worries me is when someone as screwed up as these guys doesn’t want me!


Cindy: It’s not right to feel shitty this time of year, but everybody does. It’s like this is life and once you go through it long enough you realize what the flavor is. And it sure ain’t vanilla!


Adam: I wonder if you think about me.
Caroline: Of course I think about you!
Adam: I wasn’t finished!
Caroline: Finish.
Adam: I wonder if you think about me half as much as I think about you.


Caroline: I have fallen…
Adam: Are you hurt?
Caroline: I wasn’t finished.
Adam: Finish.
Caroline: I have fallen so in love with you, so much more than I said I would.


Caroline: You don’t really love with your heart, it’s just a saying.
Adam: Then why does it hurt so much here when you’re not with me?


Adam: You just wished on a planet.
Caroline: Figures.

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