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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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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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4 April 1997 (USA)  »

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Círculo de pasiones  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

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

Film debut of Alessandro Nivola. See more »

Goofs

There's a closeup of an Elvis Presley album which has a 1970's RCA logo on it. The logo is the same one the company currently uses, not that older "electric" lettering they had in the '50's amd '60's. 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 Tonight! (1953) See more »

Soundtracks

On Springfield Mountain
Traditional
Arranged and Adapted by Michael Kamen
Lyrics by Michael Kamen with Tara MacLean
Produced by Michael Kamen
Performed by Tara MacLean
Tara MacLean appears courtesy of Nettwerk Productions
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A well acted drama
15 April 2001 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

I found this to be a sweet and emotional film. The direction by O'Connor was swift and engrossing and I liked the way he let you see each character differ when they were around another character. Like the way Joaquin Phoenix's character gets all lustful around Jennifer Connolly, but restrains himself around Liv Tyler.

Considering this is the film that brought them together in real life, I'm not surprised that Joaquin and Liv were so tender with one another. Both of them have the acting ability, where you only have to look into their eyes to know what they're feeling or trying to convey. For all the bitterness some characters offered, it was the relationship between Pamela and Doug that captured me.

Just a sweet love story, and that can be OK sometimes!


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