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Inventing the Abbotts (1997)

R | | Drama, Romance | 4 April 1997 (USA)
A light-hearted story of two working-class brothers courting three wealthy and beautiful sisters in a small Illinois town.

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Set in the 1950s, Inventing the Abbotts is a dramatic look at the life of two boys from the wrong side of the tracks and their interaction with the three daughters of local aristocrat Lloyd Abbott. The boys, Jacey and Doug Holt, have only three things in common: their family, table tennis and chasing the beautiful Abbott sisters. Their father, a reckless risk-taker, lost his life through a wager with Lloyd Abbott, his then business partner. Written by FMJ_Joker

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When you want it all but can't have it, there's only one way to handle life...invent it. See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Círculo de pasiones  »

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Opening Weekend:

$2,301,138 (USA) (4 April 1997)

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$5,852,547 (USA) (16 May 1997)
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Jennifer Connelly and Liv Tyler play sisters in this film. Connelly played Betty Ross in Hulk (2003), and was replaced by Tyler in The Incredible Hulk (2008). See more »

Goofs

When Doug meets Eleanor in the airport, Eleanor is wearing her flight attendant uniform skirt backwards. Her kick pleat is in the front. The rest of the flight attendants have their skirts on correctly with the kick pleat in the back. See more »

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Narrator: The end of my innocence and childhood began in 1957. It is remarkable to me now just how little I knew then about the people around me. It took me years to figure out exactly what the truth was, especially given my brother's knack at inventing facts. My mother once told me that if the Abbotts didn't exist, my brother would have had to invent them.
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References Island in the Sun (1957) See more »

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Goodnight, Irene
Written by Leadbelly (as Huddie Ledbetter) & John A. Lomax
Performed by Leadbelly
Courtesy of Smithsonian/Folkways Recordings
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one of the most underrated movies I have ever seen.
8 August 2005 | by (Frederick, Maryland) – See all my reviews

This movie has not received enough credit. In my estimation, each member of the cast has turned in the best performance of their career. From the relationship between the two lead characters, and with their Mother, and their connection to the Abbotts, this movie tells a moving story with true heartfelt emotion. I cried at many points in the movie. Joaquin and Billy are truly inspiring. Liv Tyler and Jennifer Connolley let us into their world of what life was like in the teenage world of the early 60's. We were transported in time back to that world with all of it social standards and sanctions. Pat O'Connor has outdone himself with this film.


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