A dysfunctional young man is pulled between loyalties to his Italian mob-connected loan shark father and his mentally disturbed Jewish concert pianist mother.

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Riccamonza (as Anthony Sirico)
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Keitel plays the lead in this schizophrenic movie in which he is continually pulled by the two conflicting sides of his personality, on the one hand that of a quiet piano virtuoso and on the other a ruthless debt collector for his mobster father. Keitel is introspective as only Keitel can be, really making the audience feel for him and his pained existence. Written by <gilesw@hotmail.com>

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He Has The Hands Of An Artist And The Mind Of A Madman. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Music

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23 August 1978 (France)  »

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Tisa Farrow was working as a waitress and cab driver when director James Toback tapped her for the role. See more »

Quotes

Restaurant patron: [annoyed] Hey, waiter! Tell this character to turn his radio off!
Jimmy Fingers: What are you tellin' him for? Tell me!
Restaurant patron: All right, I'm tellin' ya - turn it off!
Jimmy Fingers: [with incredulity] Do you believe this? This is the Jamies, man! "Summertime, Summertime!" - the most musically inventive song of 1958! What are you eating? Shrimp? Are you gonna tell me this song doesn't go with your shrimp?
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Now Is Forever
Music by George Barrie
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Italian lyrics by Pat Noto
Sung by Jerry Vale
Released by Buddah Records
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A gritty and powerful film
6 January 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Harvey Keitel indeed does his best work here, as lil' Jimmy "Fingers", a prodigy concert pianist turned debt collector, who works for his domineering father. Shot in cruel hues by cinematographer Michael Chapman, and excellently directed by the obsessive James Toback, this film is a rare gem of a find. Even football great Jim Brown has never been better. And you know what, this is one of Jean-Luc Goddard's favourite movies of all time!! Enough said.


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