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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23 August 1978 (France)  »

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"De battre mon coeur s'est arrêté" a.k.a. "The Beat That My Heart Skipped" is a 2005 French remake of the 1978 U.S.A. James Toback film, "Fingers," and may even be the first French remake of an American movie created from an original screenplay. See more »

Quotes

Jimmy Fingers: [playing a cassette in his boom box] That's the Chiffons, Dad.
Ben: Where's that Jerry Vale tape I bought you for Christmas?
Jimmy Fingers: [taking it out and inserting it into his boom box] Are you kidding? I'm meeting you for lunch, right?
Ben: Well, put it on, kid. I never understand you. Either it's got to be a 900 year old Kraut or 5 niggers with squeaky voices.
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Connections

Remade as The Beat That My Heart Skipped (2005) See more »

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Mockingbird
Written by Charlie Foxx and Inez Foxx
Performed by Charlie Foxx & Inez Foxx (as Charlie & Inez Foxx)
Courtesy of United Artist Records
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Keitel's best performance.
4 March 1999 | by (Alameda, CA) – See all my reviews

It doesn't appear that many people have seen this little gem. "Fingers" is James Toback's first (and still best) film and contains an edgy vivacious performance from Harvey Keitel. The on-location filming in New York City adds to the desperation of the struggling wannabe pianist played by Keitel. Fascinating character study.


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