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The Substance of Fire (1996)

R | | Drama | 14 March 1997 (USA)
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Publishing magnate refuses to publish a book by his son's male lover so the kids buy out their father and run it themselves!

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Aaron Geldhart
Benjamin Ungar ...
Young Isaac Geldhart
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Martin Geldhart
Tom McDermott ...
Old Printer
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George Morfogen ...
Otto the printer
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Isaac Geldhart
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Cora Cahn
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Mr. Otani jr
Edmund Ikeda ...
Mr. Otani sr
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Miss Barzakian
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Val Chenard
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Gene Byck
Ronny Graham ...
Louis Foukold
John Sullivan ...
Stewart
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Isaac Geldhart is a Holocaust survivor who, overcome by grief at the recent death of his wife, seems determined to run his publishing firm into the ground by printing books that have no hope of financial success. His son Aaron, who also works at the company, grows frustrated with Isaac's emotional decline and attempts to take over the firm. The resulting crisis involves Isaac's other two children, his daughter Sarah and his dying son Martin. Written by Jesse Garon <grifter@primenet.com>

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Doing What Is Right... Could Cost Him Everything.

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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14 March 1997 (USA)  »

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$56,221 (USA) (14 March 1997)

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$56,221 (USA) (14 March 1997)
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Film debut of Viola Davis. See more »

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Sarah Geldheart: Tell me the truth. Does anybody actually finish a book once they have formed an opinion of it?
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Referenced in Jersey Girl (2004) See more »

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This movie was pretty decent
9 July 2000 | by (Phoenix, AZ) – See all my reviews

I thought that this was an interesting look at how one person's hardheadedness can affect a family so strongly. Ron Rifkin did a wonderful job portraying 'Isaac'. I think he's a very underrated actor and I even loved his annoying accent.!( He uses the same accent that he had on "I'm not Rappaport.") I read an interview where he compares the movie vs. the stage version and supposedly it ends differently. I would have liked to have seen the play.


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