Film couples -- From ''The Experts'' to ''Volunteers,'' films that flopped despite off-screen chemistry between the leads

By David Markus
Updated August 04, 2000 at 04:00 AM EDT

Swing Shift

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Forget paparazzi and catty gossip. Meg Ryan and Russell Crowe — who reportedly hooked up filming Proof of Life — will soon face another hurdle: Cupid’s Box Office Curse. Simply put, when sparks fly on the set, the movie tends to tank. There are exceptions (see Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Pitt in Seven), but smitten stars often smite success. Here, our top five flameouts.

The Experts (1989), a goofy tale about a fake Nebraska town and Russian spies (don’t ask)
Happy couple: John Travolta and Kelly Preston
Box office: $169,203

Two Much (1996), a zany man-in-love-with-two-sisters flick
Happy couple: Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith
Box office: $1,141,556

Swing Shift (1984), a not-so-riveting tale of factory-bound women during WWII
Happy couple: Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell
Box office: $6,650,206

The Marrying Man (1991), wherein a guy can’t decide whether to say ”I do” or ”I don’t”
Happy couple: Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger
Box office: $12,454,768

Volunteers (1985), a wacky culture-clash Peace Corps comedy
Happy couple: Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson
Box office: $19,875,740

Swing Shift

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  • Jonathan Demme