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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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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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23 August 1978 (France)  »

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Tisa Farrow was working as a waitress and cab driver when director James Toback tapped her for the role. 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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There Goes My Baby
Written by Ben E. King (as Benjamin Nelson), Lover Patterson, and George Treadwell
Performed by The Drifters
Courtesy of Atlantic Records
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Overlooked 1970s gem. Toback's best, and one of Keitel's.
9 March 2002 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

'Fingers' is the kind of movie that makes me value the 1970s over any other decade. A complex portrait of Jimmy Fingers, an ex-debt collector turned wanna be concert pianist (Harvey Keitel, in one of his top five performances), who finds himself drawn back into his old line of work as a favour to his aging gangster father (Michael V. Gazzo, 'The Godfather 2', 'Fear City'). Fingers isn't the most likable character, is obsessed by sex and music, both doo wop (which he plays at top volume on a boom box) and classical, and is obviously doomed to fail.

Keitel is absolutely mesmerizing on screen, and the movie is filled with a supporting cast of interesting faces, including Jim Brown ('Slaughter'), Tisa Farrow (Fulci's 'Zombie Flesh Eaters'!), Danny Aiello ('Do The Right Thing', 'Jacob's Ladder'), future "Angel" Tanya Roberts, and at least two Sopranos. I don't know why 'Fingers' isn't mentioned as much as the more celebrated 1970s crime movies of Scorsese and Coppola. Godard and Tarantino are both fans of this movie, and you will be too if you give it a look. Great stuff!


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