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A Simple Twist of Fate (1994)

PG-13 | | Drama, Comedy | 2 September 1994 (USA)
His life was emotionally closed off from the world, until an orphaned baby showed up at his house.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
April Simon
Alaina Mobley ...
Callie Mobley ...
Victoria Evans ...
Elizabeth Evans ...
Bryce (as Michael des Barres)
David Dwyer ...
Joe the Bartender


Michael McCann is a man who feels totally betrayed by the world, after his wife revealed to him that their child was not his. A few years after his break-up we find him living alone in a small town. But, everything in his miserable life changes when he adopts a little girl whose mother died outside his house. After several years, the real father returns to claim the girl from Michael, thinking that she will be an advantage for his political career. Written by Chris Makrozahopoulos <makzax@hotmail.com>

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A twist of fate brought them something wonderful... Each other!


Drama | Comedy

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Rated PG-13 for a drug-related situation | See all certifications »

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2 September 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A sors kegyeltje  »

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$3,428,774 (USA)

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31 May 2000 | by (Jersey shore, USA) – See all my reviews

Ok, let me set the record straight by saying that I have NEVER cried over ANY movie. That is, when I saw this, I ALMOST cried.

The story begins in Washington DC in 1979, when music teacher Michael McCann is instructing his students, when his wife shows up and tells him that the baby is not his. The movie then flashes forward to 1984 Virginia, where he has become almost like a miser.

Steve Martin (one of my fave performers, just read my reviews) turned in a stellar performance as Michael McCann. He had such a sweet personality at the start of the film, then all of a sudden he became a lonely miser, hoarding his coins, until Billy Baldwin, my most loathed of all Baldwins-besides Daniel (I LOVE Steven and Alec) steals them. Then, a beautiful toddler comes to his house, and he immediately takes her in. I love his chemistry with young Mathilda, who went from being a cute baby to a beautiful young girl.

Kudos to Alana Austin, who played Mathilda at 11. She was fabulous, and I think she is one of the best child actors I've seen in a long time.

Now that I have seen this film, for my school's summer reading assignment, I am going to convince my Literature teacher to let me read "Silas Marner," where this movie comes from. I hope I can.

See this film. You'll be glad you did!!!

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