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Fingers (1978)

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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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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

James Toback claims in the DVD 'director's commentary' that Michael V. Gazzo, who was fond of a drink, bribed him for a pitcher of Bloody Mary in exchange for an unscripted line that would 'make the scene' in question: the line was 'I should have strangled you in your crib.' and Gazzo delivered it 'under the influence', Toback having been true to his word. 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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Mockingbird
Written by Charlie Foxx and Inez Foxx
Performed by Charlie & Inez Foxx
Courtesy of United Artist Records
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An educated look at the underside of life.
8 April 1999 | by (Lucas Buck, NC) – See all my reviews

Many times over the years James Toback has been referred to as ‘brilliant', and a good deal of those times the film ‘Fingers' is mentioned in the same sentence.

It stands right there with Resevoir Dogs, Bad Lieutenant, and Mean Streets-all Harvey Keitel films which have over the years gotten far more applause than they did earlier..

Actually the premise is just enough unique: the concert pianist from the wrong side of the tracks, the carefree and confused collector for his bookie father.

Toback's dialogue is very raw, but it is on target for the very raw world he describes.

Michael Gazzo gives one of his best performances ever as Keitel's father.

Not to be missed, but if you look to Toback to recreate this magic with his later efforts, ‘The Pick-Up Artist' or `Exposed', don't waste your time. Even his recent `Two Girls and a Guy' might have been `Two Mil Down the Drain' without the superb performance of Robert Downey Jr.


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