Random Hearts is a 1999 American romance drama film directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Harrison Ford and Kristin Scott Thomas. Based on the 1984 novel Random Hearts by Warren Adler, the film is about a police officer and the wife of a politician who discover that their spouses were having an affair prior to being killed in a tragic airplane crash.
The film adaptation loosely follows the story of the novel but many of the characters have been changed. Edward Davis is now Sergeant William 'Dutch' Van Den Broeck, a Washington, D.C. police officer. Vivien Simpson is now Kay Chandler, a wealthy Republican Congresswoman with a teenage daughter. They meet when their spouses, Peyton and Cullen, are killed in a plane crash and realize that they were having an affair. The story evolves around the relationship between the two surviving spouses, as the tragedy envelopes their lives and affects his career as a police officer and her campaign for re-election to Congress.
Random Hearts received mostly negative reviews at its theatrical release. In her review in The New York Times, Janet Maslin wrote that the film "managed to be linear while also drifting thoughtfully through the nuances of