Only You (1994 film)

1994 film by Norman Jewison

Only You is a 1994 American romantic comedy film about a young woman whose search for the man she believes to be her soulmate leads her to Italy where she meets her destiny.

Plato is saying, if we just stop, and go with the flow, and follow our destiny, It'll lead us back to each other.
Directed by Norman Jewison, written by Diane Drake, starring Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey Jr., and Bonnie Hunt

Faith Corvatch


Peter Wright (aka Damon Bradley)

I can't believe you're gonna let a few little letters of the alphabet keep us apart … just call me Damon, okay? It'll be like a nickname.
  • I'm Damon Bradley.
    • Introducing himself to Faith, after she tells him the name of the man she is looking for.
  • I can't believe you're gonna let a few little letters of the alphabet keep us apart. It is a detail! Just — look, just call me Damon, okay? It'll be like a nickname.

Kate Corvatch

  • I married a liar. Why? Because I married a man.


Faith: Okay, look. One hand, two hands. Put them together, and what do they make?
Student: One.
Faith: Right! So, Plato tells us we begin as circles, and when we strive to be like the Gods we were punished, by a thunderbolt that struck us, and cut us, right down, dead center, in half. We scattered to the ends of the Earth, search and search for our other half. Now, Plato is say, that if we just stop, [SNAPS FINGERS] and go with the flow, and follow our destiny, it'll lead us back to each other.


Faith: Okay. Still following this, read from your green book. Remember,


Faith: You are here.
Peter: Yes, I am here, and very real. God! I'm trying to think — there's this poem by, um, Goethe? … yeah, Goethe, and its about two people come from different places, but they hear the same bird singing
Faith: "perhaps the same bird echoed through both of us yesterday, separate, in the evening"
Peter: That's it. Exactly.
Faith: Wow. [pauses, gazing into his eyes] Yeah … It was Rilke.
Peter: Rilke? [she nods] Oh well, same country... how'd you know?
Faith: I could tell you some things.
: Faith here quotes Rilke's "You Who Never Arrived", as translated by Stephen Mitchell

Faith: How could you do this to me?
Peter: Because I'm in love with you!
Faith: Ha! What kind of an excuse is that?

Theme songs


Quotes about Only You

  • Only You gives us two people who should fall in love and live happily together for the rest of their days. They know it, we know it, and all of their friends know it. We also know with a confidence bordering on certainty that they will fall in love. And so there is a special kind of movie pleasure in watching them pigheadedly postpone their bliss — especially when they do it on Italian locations lovingly photographed by Sven Nykvist.
    I can think of many angst-laden young Hollywood stars, many of them accomplished actors, who could not have come within miles of the work done by Downey and Tomei in this movie. There is craft involved, yes, and even a certain inspiration, but what I reacted to more strongly was an ineffable sense of good nature: Tomei and Downey seem happy in their being here, and happier together than apart. That it what must be present if we're to respond to a story like this.
    • Roger Ebert, in his review of Only You (7 October 1994)


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