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:

Círculo de pasiones  »

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Box Office

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 »


(at around 5 mins) Jaycee and Alice are making out/having sex in the car (a convertible) since Jaycee's mother had told him he couldn't bring her to the house anymore. Immediately after, Jaycee is shown bringing her home in a car which isn't a convertible. See more »


[first lines]
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 »


Little Star
Written by Arthur Venosa & Vito Picone
Performed by The Elegants
Courtesy of MCA Records by arrangement with MCA Special Markets and Products
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Simple story well told
8 April 2006 | by (Scotland) – See all my reviews

I saw this film on a flight to Australia. I'd never heard of it but it would pass some time. In fact, I thoroughly enjoyed it. It has a Forest Gump kind of charm but a lot less humour. It also reminded me of the early soap operas like Peyton Place in the way it portrayed 1950's America. The unfolding of the family story is well spun out so that you only gradually come to appreciate the tensions involved and indeed some of the scenes are only understood after later revelations show up a new significance. The characters were believable and the twist in the tale of the story sufficiently unexpected but predictable in retrospect that you kick yourself for not realising. A family film with little to worry the censor other than some mild fisticuffs and a small amount of what might have been referred to in the film as "fooling around". The interplay between the leading roles is exceptional, both between the two brothers and between Liv Tyler and Joaquin Phoenix.

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