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Fingers (1978)

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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Luchino's Son
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Riccamonza (as Anthony Sirico)
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Arthur Fox
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Storyline

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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A powerful film about sex, music and violent crime. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Music

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23 August 1978 (France)  »

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Det beskidte job  »

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Trivia

The sex and violence was heavily cut by the British board of film censors when first theatrically released in the UK in 1979. See more »

Quotes

Jimmy Fingers: What if I want a slice of pizza?
Luchino: Can't you read the signs outside? We don't sell sliced pizza.
Jimmy Fingers: What if I wanted 60 slices of pizza?
Luchino: You deaf? No slice pizza! Take it on the arches!
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Featured in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) See more »

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Baby Talk
Written by Melvin Schawrtz
Performed by Jan & Dean
Courtesy of United Artist 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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