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Imaginary Crimes (1994)

PG  |   |  Biography, Drama  |  14 October 1994 (USA)
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A recently widowed, small-time hustler struggles to raise his two teenage daughters on his own and still make a dishonest living in 1950s Indiana.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Valery Weiler
Abigail Tate
Greta Weiler
Richard Venture ...
Judge Klein
Tori Paul ...
Young Sonya
Gigi Rucklehaus
Ginny Rucklehaus
Bill Geisslinger ...
Bud Rucklehaus
William G. Schilling ...
Mr. Garrity


Coming-of-age story set in the 1950's stars Harvey Keitel as a small-time hustler/dreamer, recently widowed, who tries his best to care for his two daughters, 17-year-old Sonya, and 12-year-old Greta, while Sonya's rapid disulisionment with her father puts her at odds with him more times than nessessary. Written by Anonymous

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When a father doesn't live up to his dreams... a daughter has to stand up for hers.


Biography | Drama

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Rated PG for theme and some very mild language | See all certifications »




Release Date:

14 October 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Crimes Imaginários  »

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$89,611 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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4 October 1999 | by (Telemark, Norway) – See all my reviews

I had low expectations when I decided to check this film out. Emotional dramas are normally not my kind of film. But it did not take very long before I was "tuned in". Keitel manages to make the character both disgusting and loving in a great way. Despite the pathetic cons he manages to show Ray's love and caring for his children. The film is also helped by overall tremendous acting, especially by the Sonja-character. The flashbacks are tastefully divided into small parts, which help the "suspense" to last during the whole film. In my opinion, Keitel's acting is almost as good as his part in BAD LIEUTENANT, which is absolutely stunning. It is actually a rather standard plot, not very far from DEATH OF A SALESMAN. But as mentioned before, good acting gives it a 'feelgood' 8/10

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