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The Substance of Fire (1996)

 -  Drama  -  14 March 1997 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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

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$56,221 (USA) (14 March 1997)
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Issac Geldheart: You think I'm going to publish some trashy novel by some slicko hipster?
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Referenced in Showbiz Today: Episode dated 28 August 1995 (1995) See more »

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Film version of play Has "Substance",lacks "Fire".
19 December 2001 | by (Pa.) – See all my reviews



The Main reason to see the film version of "The Substance Of Fire" is Ron Rifkin's splendid performance. He reprises the role he created on stage with great aplomb.It is however,one of the few reasons to see this film.The plot has been drastically altered from the original play,even adding major characters that did not exist in the original.The basic story remains, a Jewish Publisher and his slow decent into dementia brought on through his loss of control of the company to his son. But there it ends. The messages in this film are very clear,but the execution,direction and scripting destroy the impact of the original play.


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