Inventing the Abbotts (1997)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  4 April 1997 (USA)
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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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Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

4 April 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

CĂ­rculo de pasiones  »

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Opening Weekend:

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


$5,852,547 (USA) (16 May 1997)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


When in the movie Doug writes on the window "I love you", he writes with the finger on the glass that is covered with steam, and it looks nice, but in fact when it's cold and the windows are covered with steam, the steam is always INSIDE the room, not outside. 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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Excellent performances, great direction
1 March 1999 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

This film is notable for the acting performances (especially Joaquin Phoenix in the starring role) obtained by a fine director, Pat O'Connor. O'Connor may be more comfortable with Irish subject matter but does an excellent job capturing the 50's in middle America. The story is well-told, and the relationship of the two brothers (Phoenix and Billy Crudup) stands out. We need more films like this!

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