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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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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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

Ruth: [interrupting her son's innocuous greeting] I don't want to hear it.
Jimmy: What?
Ruth: Whatever it is you plan to hurt me with.
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Remade as The Beat That My Heart Skipped (2005) See more »

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Cry Baby
Written by Bert Berns and Jerry Ragovoy (as Norman Meade)
Performed by Garnet Mims & The Enchanters
Courtesy of United Artist Records
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A vile but fascinating character.
24 October 1999 | by (Adelaide, South Australia) – See all my reviews

Why do we want to spend the hour and a half that it takes to watch this movie in the company of a character so loathsome that we would do anything to avoid him if we met him in real life? Jimmy Fingers is arrogant, self-obsessed, sexually violent and just plain creepy. O.K., there are moments in which we get to see that he has a better side, when he comforts a destitute women who is crying in a doorway, or when he sticks by his small time hoodlum father, in spite of the fact that he is even more repellent than Fingers himself. There is so much in this movie to make you squirm from the no-holds barred, bloody violence and a painful proctological exam to the scenes in which Fingers annoys everyone in earshot by playing loud doo-wop music on his portable tape player and threatening violence towards anyone who objects. With its fine acting and totally unpredictable story-line, this film is undeniable entertaining, but it's appeal is a rather masochistic one.


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