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Imaginary Crimes (1994)

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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Valery Weiler
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Abigail Tate
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Margaret
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Greta Weiler
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Judge Klein
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Eddie
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Young Sonya
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Gigi Rucklehaus
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Ginny Rucklehaus
Bill Geisslinger ...
Bud Rucklehaus
William G. Schilling ...
Mr. Garrity
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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.

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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)  »

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Crimes Imaginários  »

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$89,611 (USA)
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Harvey Keitel and Chris Penn previously co-starred in Reservoir Dogs (1992). For both films, the second word in the title ends with an "s". See more »

Quotes

[When Sonya's teacher encourages her to go to college]
Sonya Weiler: You don't know my father.
Mr. Webster: Well, in a way, I do.
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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Memo to the Academy - 1995 (1995) See more »

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Fall Out
Performed by Gerry Mulligan & Paul Desmond
Written by Gerry Mulligan
Courtesy of Verve Records
By Arrangement with PolyGram Special Markets
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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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