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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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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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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

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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Sad, beautiful film
6 June 2003 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

This hard to find film is well worth the search. Kietel gives an amazing, painful performance as a brilliant pianist whose self-destructive neurosis seems to keep him from ever achieving greatness. The film has been called mysognyistic most likely due to the portrayal of little Jimmy "Fingers". I'd have to say the film itself deals a fairly rough hand to the character's mysogny. Jimmy's social ineptness with women is painful to watch. He alternates between the utmost charm and just plain disturbing street thugishness. All in all it's a powerful film and one of Kietel's best performances.


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