When a Man Loves a Woman

Last Updated on: October 18th, 2023

When a Man Loves a Woman (Touchstone Movie)

“When a Man Loves a Woman” is a romantic drama film released in 1994, directed by Luis Mandoki. The movie stars Andy Garcia as Michael Green, a commercial airline pilot, and Meg Ryan as Alice Green, his wife.

The story revolves around Alice, a loving wife and mother of two young daughters. She is a dedicated teacher and appears to have a happy and successful life. However, she is secretly struggling with alcoholism, which has started to take a toll on her family and her marriage.

As Alice’s addiction worsens, Michael becomes increasingly concerned and tries to support her through her struggles. He attends Al-Anon meetings and seeks professional help for Alice, but her addiction continues to strain their relationship.

The film explores the complexities of addiction and its impact on the family dynamic. It portrays the emotional journey of both Michael and Alice as they navigate the challenges of addiction, recovery, and the process of rebuilding their marriage and family.

“When a Man Loves a Woman” is a powerful and poignant exploration of love, commitment, and the resilience of the human spirit. Meg Ryan delivers a compelling and raw performance as Alice, capturing the pain and vulnerability of a woman grappling with addiction.

Andy Garcia’s portrayal of Michael showcases the complexity of a spouse torn between love and the need to protect his family. The film’s emotional depth and realistic portrayal of addiction have resonated with audiences, making it a touchstone for those seeking heartfelt and thought-provoking dramas.

The film was well-received by critics and audiences alike, earning praise for its performances and its sensitive handling of the subject matter. “When a Man Loves a Woman” remains a powerful and memorable film that offers a candid and empathetic look at the impact of addiction on individuals and their loved ones.

Additional Details


  • Meg Ryan: Alice Green
  • Andy García: Michael Green
  • Lauren Tom: Amy
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman: Gary
  • Tina Majorino: Jess Green
  • Mae Whitman: Casey Green
  • Ellen Burstyn: Emily


  • Director: Luis Mandoki
  • Producers: John Avnet
  • Writers: Ronald Bass and Al Franken

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