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Fingers (1978)

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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Arthur Fox
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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

"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

Restaurant patron: [annoyed] Hey, waiter! Tell this character to turn his radio off!
Jimmy Fingers: What are you tellin' him for? Tell me!
Restaurant patron: All right, I'm tellin' ya - turn it off!
Jimmy Fingers: [with incredulity] Do you believe this? This is the Jamies, man! "Summertime, Summertime!" - the most musically inventive song of 1958! What are you eating? Shrimp? Are you gonna tell me this song doesn't go with your shrimp?
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Featured in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) See more »

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Now Is Forever
Music by George Barrie
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Italian lyrics by Pat Noto
Sung by Jerry Vale
Released by Buddah Records
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an interesting, rarely seen thriller by a talented filmmaker.
16 July 2003 | by (manchester, england) – See all my reviews

i finally got to see this movie on an obscure US ntsc video whilst living in bermuda and i liked it. i remember it being cut by the british censor way back in '79 though the sex and violence scenes are quite tame when you watch them now. harvey keitel gives a typically commanding performance as a schizo who works as a piannist and also gets involved with the usual suspects around various well shot new york locations. well worth checking out.


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