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23 August 1978 (France) See more »
He Has The Hands Of An Artist And The Mind Of A Madman. See more »
A dysfunctional young man is pulled between loyalties to his Italian mob-connected loan shark father and his mentally disturbed Jewish concert pianist mother. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Harvey Keitel ... Jimmy Fingers

Tisa Farrow ... Carol

Jim Brown ... Dreems

Michael V. Gazzo ... Ben

Marian Seldes ... Ruth

Danny Aiello ... Butch

Ed Marinaro ... Gino
Georgette Mosbacher ... Anita (as Georgette Muir)

Tanya Roberts ... Julie
Carole Francis ... Christa
Lenny Montana ... Luchino
Vasco Valladeres ... Luchino's Son

Tony Sirico ... Riccamonza (as Anthony Sirico)
Tom Signorelli ... Italian Prisoner

Dominic Chianese ... Arthur Fox
Woodrow Garrian ... Conventioneer
James Fields ... Pianist
A. Andrew Pastorio ... Elderly Driver

Frank Pesce ... Carmine

Zack Norman ... Patrolman Levy
Jane Elder ... Esther
I.W. Klein ... Bail Bondsman
Murray Moston ... Doctor Fry
Emmy Falahi ... Young Gangster
Tina Fox ... Young Girl
Harlan Cary Poe ... Trucker's Helper
Henry Judd Baker ... Leonard (as Henry Baker)
Charles Polk ... J.R
Linda Blia ... Pizza Customer #1
Francine Gabel ... Pizza Customer #2

Josh Clark ... Pizza Customer #3
Bud Nease ... Bartender #1
Paul Ricci ... Bartender #2

Sam Coppola ... Sam
Andre Waters ... Dreem's Bartender
Josie Johnson ... Dreems Girl #1
Susan McWilliams ... Dreems Girl #2
Tia Rance ... Dreems Girl #3
Aida Random ... Dreems Girl #4
Leza Van Buren ... Dreems Girl #5
Largo Woodruff ... Dreems Girl #6
Pembrose Deans ... Black Prisoner #1
Arthur French ... Black Prisoner #2
John F. Dempsey ... Police Clerk
David Ellsworth ... Waiter
Paul Stocker ... Bartender
Patricia J. Earnest ... Receptionist
Joe De Kama ... Doctor Schwartz

Directed by
James Toback 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
James Toback  writer

Produced by
George Barrie .... producer
Richard Stenta .... line producer
Cinematography by
Michael Chapman 
Film Editing by
Robert Lawrence 
Casting by
Jane Feinberg 
Mike Fenton 
Production Design by
Gene Rudolf 
Set Decoration by
Frederic C. Weiler 
Costume Design by
Albert Wolsky 
Makeup Department
Irving Buchman .... makeup artist
Bob Grimaldi .... hair stylist
Production Management
Richard Stenta .... production manager (as Dick Stenta)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Steve Irmo .... dga trainee
Stewart Lyons .... second assistant director
Daniel McCauley .... first assistant director
Peter A. Runfolo .... second assistant director (as Peter Runfolo)
Art Department
Edward Garzero .... scenic artist
John Oates Jr. .... property master (as John Oates)
Sound Department
John Fundus .... sound recordist
Richard Guinness .... boom operator (as Dick Guiness)
Les Lazarowitz .... sound mixer
Bill Varney .... sound re-recording mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Brian Hamill .... still photographer
Richard Quinlan .... gaffer
Tibor Sands .... first assistant camera
Fred Schuler .... camera operator
Robert Ward .... key grip
Casting Department
Sylvia Fay .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Beverly Cycon .... costumer: women
Max Soloman .... costumer: men (as Max Solomon)
Editorial Department
Andrew Pressman .... assistant film editor
Music Department
James Fields .... classical music coordinator
Transportation Department
Harry J. Leavey .... transportation captain (as Harry Leavey)
Other crew
Robert F. Colesberry .... location coordinator
Jeffrey Fischgrund .... production assistant (as Jeff Fischgrund)
Fred Golini .... production assistant
Nancy Hopton .... script supervisor (as Nancy Tonery)
Stephen Klein .... production assistant
Adeline Leonard Seakwood .... production office coordinator
Bert Schneiderman .... business affairs
Marion Taub .... location bookkeeper
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90 min
Color (Technicolor)
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Did You Know?

Tisa Farrow was working as a waitress and cab driver when director James Toback tapped her for the role.See more »
Ben:I should have strangled you in your crib!See more »
Movie Connections:
References Five Easy Pieces (1970)See more »
Angel of the MorningSee more »


Soundtrack : what's the name of the pianist who plays Bach's toccata (BWV914) ?
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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
a very calm-cool-collectedly made film about a truly unstable being, 13 October 2006
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

Well, Reservoir Dogs fans, if you've been wondering really where the film is where Mr. White plays Mr. Blonde, this might be it. Only don't expect the same form of psychopathic behavior. Keitel's Jimmy Fingers is a sort of time bomb at times needing to be either detonated or waiting to be set off, and there's even an echo too (or rather the other movie is an echo of this) in Do the Right Thing. But James Toback's script is very particular about his various, half annoying half dangerous tendencies carrying around a radio and a knack for classical music and grit. And Keitel moves in this world like a man so within his own mind that the only way he can act sometimes is in bottling it up before it comes out. It's a very tough performance to pull off, as there's more fascination in what the character completely lacks than in his virtues. It's sometimes teeters even on becoming very uncomfortable to sit through, just in the psychological sense. We may not hate Jimmy Fingers, but he can test patience like it's nothing.

Still, Keitel makes it such a character of idiosyncrasies and at the same time a weird kind of charm that at first sort of reminded me of his debut in Who's That Knocking at My Door. He's aiming for concert pianist, of the level on Carnegie Hall standards. But his father also has him collecting/making bets, and thus getting into things of a sometimes violent and ugly nature. And there's always that radio, blasting out the 'golden oldies' of the kind they used to play on CBS FM in New York. There's even a touch of the Brando-type character in Keitel's mood and mannerisms at times, plus that compulsory sexual nature with women. Towards the end of the film this becomes almost too perverse to handle, and Toback always deals with such dicey material head-on, without pulling any tricks with the camera (in fact, he only so occasionally moves it). While the filmmaker tests the waters with possibly become unnerving and off-its-hinges with watching such unconventional material, more or less he pulls off what he wants, and Keitel is a force to be reckoned with as an actor here. He may lack the realistic volcanic force and wit of a Mr. White, but the not-totally-sadistic Mr. Blonde comes out with just a great hint of the obsessed artist in there too (and what great music there is).

In terms of referring to the 2005 French remake, the Beat That My Heart Skipped, I found that it might be one of those rare cases where the remake does out-do the original, at least in terms of dramatic involvement and in really getting more into the relationship between the father and son (plus there was more ambiguity in terms of the young man's mind state in the French version). But Fingers still holds its own decades later by standing out in the crime genre of the period, and it's up there in Keitel's underrated cannon of work.

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