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Imaginary Crimes (1994)

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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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Box Office


$89,611 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Never has a man less equipped for parenthood tried so hard.
23 May 2010 | by (Nova Scotia, Canada) – See all my reviews

Everything about this film hinges on Fairuza Balk. She's an actress I'd encountered previously on occasion (Return to Oz, American History X, Almost Famous), but was never made aware of her deeper talent until now. Sonya, her character, narrates the film with a profound and uncomplicated insight. Sheila Ballantyne's writing provides the film with characters of great reality. Anthony Drazan, a director who's done almost nothing else, displays an excellent understanding of actors and internal conflicts. Speaking of the actors, there are a number of great performances on display here. Vincent D'Onofrio is always welcome, playing here a literary-minded school-teacher. Harvey Keitel is great, although playing firmly within type. Kelly Lynch is wondrous, appearing in flashbacks as Sonya's mother.

"Imaginary Crimes" really moved me. It's one of not too many films that offer events and characters free of mere plot points and chronological events. The passages of the story (starting as a series of loosely connected stories, but slowly progressing to a more coherent tale) build in a believable way, cementing into a depiction that shows all sides of the story. Like water seeping into every open crack, there are no holes or blank spaces left. Please see this film.

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