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 »




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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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Enjoyable Little Indie
14 April 2003 | by (Orlando, USA) – See all my reviews

Follows the story of widowed father Ray Weiler (Harvey Kietel) trying to make it as a con artist in the 1950's. The story is told from the point of view of his daughter Sonya (Fairuza Balk) as she tries to struggle through her unenviable life while protecting her younger sister Greta (Elizabeth Moss) from their harsh environment. There's also the mandatory appearance by Vincent D'Onofrio, playing Sonya's English teacher who's actually more of a father to her than Ray ever was.

Balk and Kietel are great in this. Kietel did the slimy, overbearing father role better than I thought he would. Balk was also very good as his disillusioned daughter; they had good dad-kid chemistry, in a disfunctional sort of way. I thought the script and story were great, too. It was very real, like it could have been based on someone's memoirs. Balk's monologue right before the credits role is the perfect ending for this sort of story. A film worth renting.

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