MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 1,080 this week

Fingers (1978)

7.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.0/10 from 1,639 users  
Reviews: 20 user | 21 critic

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

Director:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: March

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in March.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 27 titles
created 12 Feb 2012
 
a list of 22 titles
created 07 Aug 2012
 
a list of 33 titles
created 26 Sep 2012
 
a list of 27 titles
created 04 Dec 2013
 
a list of 222 titles
created 06 Feb 2014
 

Related Items

Search for "Fingers" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Fingers (1978)

Fingers (1978) on IMDb 7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Fingers.

User Polls

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Big Bang (1989)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Filmmaker James Toback poses basic questions in philosopny, such as why we're here and where we're going, to various celebrities and ordinary people.

Director: James Toback
Stars: Emma Astner, Missy Boyd, Max Brockman
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

Feeling undervalued by her boyfriend, a young woman begins to explore her sexuality with other people.

Director: James Toback
Stars: Neve Campbell, Frederick Weller, Dominic Chianese
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Will Thomas still lead a life of crime and cruelty, just like his thuggish father, or will he pursue his dream of becoming a pianist?

Director: Jacques Audiard
Stars: Romain Duris, Aure Atika, Emmanuelle Devos
Comedy | Crime | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A womanizer meets his match when he falls for a woman in debt to the mafia.

Director: James Toback
Stars: Molly Ringwald, Robert Downey Jr., Dennis Hopper
Harvard Man (2001)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

A basketball player strikes a deal with the mob to fix a basketball game.

Director: James Toback
Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Adrian Grenier, Joey Lauren Adams
The Gambler (1974)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Axel Freed is a literature professor. He has the gambling vice. When he has lost all his money, he borrows from his girlfriend, then his mother and finally some bad guys that chase him. Despite of all this he cannot stop gambling.

Director: Karel Reisz
Stars: James Caan, Paul Sorvino, Lauren Hutton
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Two girls, Carla and Lou meet on the street outside a loft waiting for their boyfriends. In a short time, they find out that they're waiting for the same guy - young actor Blake, who said ... See full summary »

Director: James Toback
Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Heather Graham, Natasha Gregson Wagner
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

An exploration of several interconnected subjects: The Cannes Film Festival, cinema art, money, glamor and death.

Director: James Toback
Stars: Jessica Chastain, Ryan Gosling, Martin Scorsese
Short Eyes (1977)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A child molester sent to prison finds that criminals exact harsher justice than society.

Director: Robert M. Young
Stars: Bruce Davison, José Pérez, Nathan George
Black & White I (1999)
Crime | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A group of white high school teens become involved with Harlem's black hip-hop crowd.

Director: James Toback
Stars: Ben Stiller, Allan Houston, Claudia Schiffer
Blue Collar (1978)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Three workers, Zeke, Jerry and Smokey, are working at a car plant and drinking their beers together. One night when they steal away from their wives to have some fun they get the idea to ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Schrader
Stars: Richard Pryor, Harvey Keitel, Yaphet Kotto
Night-Flowers (1979)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Unpleasant story of rape and murder involving a disturbed veteran of the war in Vietnam.

Director: Louis San Andres
Stars: Gabriel Walsh, José Pérez, Sabra Jones
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
Dreems
...
Ben
...
...
Butch
...
Gino
Georgette Mosbacher ...
Anita (as Georgette Muir)
...
Carole Francis ...
Christa
Lenny Montana ...
Vasco Valladeres ...
Luchino's Son
...
Riccamonza (as Anthony Sirico)
Tom Signorelli ...
Italian Prisoner
...
Arthur Fox
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Music

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

23 August 1978 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Det beskidte job  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Danny Aiello, who played one of Tony Sirica's two bodyguards, objected to holding the door or lighting the cigarette of his boss while in character. Those actions were done by actor Ed Marinaro, who played the other thug. See more »

Quotes

Doctor Fry: The golden rule of urology - if you get an erection, you come, if you don't get an erection, you walk.
See more »

Connections

Featured in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Cry Baby
Written by Bert Berns and Norman Meade
Performed by Garnet Mims & The Enchanters
Courtesy of United Artist Records
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
a very calm-cool-collectedly made film about a truly unstable being
13 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Well, Reservoir Dogs fans, if you've been wondering really where the film is where Mr. White plays Mr. Blonde, this might be it. Only don't expect the same form of psychopathic behavior. Keitel's Jimmy Fingers is a sort of time bomb at times needing to be either detonated or waiting to be set off, and there's even an echo too (or rather the other movie is an echo of this) in Do the Right Thing. But James Toback's script is very particular about his various, half annoying half dangerous tendencies carrying around a radio and a knack for classical music and grit. And Keitel moves in this world like a man so within his own mind that the only way he can act sometimes is in bottling it up before it comes out. It's a very tough performance to pull off, as there's more fascination in what the character completely lacks than in his virtues. It's sometimes teeters even on becoming very uncomfortable to sit through, just in the psychological sense. We may not hate Jimmy Fingers, but he can test patience like it's nothing.

Still, Keitel makes it such a character of idiosyncrasies and at the same time a weird kind of charm that at first sort of reminded me of his debut in Who's That Knocking at My Door. He's aiming for concert pianist, of the level on Carnegie Hall standards. But his father also has him collecting/making bets, and thus getting into things of a sometimes violent and ugly nature. And there's always that radio, blasting out the 'golden oldies' of the kind they used to play on CBS FM in New York. There's even a touch of the Brando-type character in Keitel's mood and mannerisms at times, plus that compulsory sexual nature with women. Towards the end of the film this becomes almost too perverse to handle, and Toback always deals with such dicey material head-on, without pulling any tricks with the camera (in fact, he only so occasionally moves it). While the filmmaker tests the waters with possibly become unnerving and off-its-hinges with watching such unconventional material, more or less he pulls off what he wants, and Keitel is a force to be reckoned with as an actor here. He may lack the realistic volcanic force and wit of a Mr. White, but the not-totally-sadistic Mr. Blonde comes out with just a great hint of the obsessed artist in there too (and what great music there is).

In terms of referring to the 2005 French remake, the Beat That My Heart Skipped, I found that it might be one of those rare cases where the remake does out-do the original, at least in terms of dramatic involvement and in really getting more into the relationship between the father and son (plus there was more ambiguity in terms of the young man's mind state in the French version). But Fingers still holds its own decades later by standing out in the crime genre of the period, and it's up there in Keitel's underrated cannon of work.


8 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
the beat that my heart skipped victor322-1
Doctor that gives massage to Jimmy Fingers addictedtofilm
great film, great music finger_jab
Dubbed lines: is the US DVD censored? lewisherschell
Terminally depressing and effective drobatin
The Piano music towards the end taimur_yk
Discuss Fingers (1978) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?