6.4/10
10,146
74 user 35 critic

Inventing the Abbotts (1997)

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

Director:

Writers:

(story), (screenplay)

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A congressional candidate questions his sanity after seeing the love of his life, presumed dead, suddenly emerge.

Director: Keith Gordon
Stars: Billy Crudup, Bill Haugland, Nelson Landrieu
Far Harbor (1996)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A group of seven young people spend a weekend in the home of a wealthy yuppie on Long Island and live out their problems.

Director: John Huddles
Stars: Edward Atterton, Jennifer Connelly, Dan Futterman
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Irene is a magazine editor living under the shadow of the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile. Francisco is a handsome photographer and he comes to Irene for a job. As a sympathizer with the ... See full summary »

Director: Betty Kaplan
Stars: Antonio Banderas, Jennifer Connelly, Stefania Sandrelli
The Hot Spot (1990)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Upon arriving to a small town, a drifter quickly gets into trouble with the local authorities- and the local women- after he robs a bank.

Director: Dennis Hopper
Stars: Don Johnson, Virginia Madsen, Jennifer Connelly
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

In 1950's Los Angeles, a special crime squad of the LAPD investigates the murder of a young woman.

Director: Lee Tamahori
Stars: Nick Nolte, Melanie Griffith, Jennifer Connelly
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Jim is the dorky son of a local cement contractor who lives at home and has no direction. Josie is the gorgeous daughter of a wealthy businessman who dreams of leaving town. When Jim is ... See full summary »

Director: Bryan Gordon
Stars: Frank Whaley, Jennifer Connelly, Dermot Mulroney
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The lives of two families change forever after a fatal tragedy takes place on Reservation Road.

Director: Terry George
Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Ruffalo, Jennifer Connelly
Étoile (1989)
Fantasy | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Young American ballerina enrolls in a prestigious ballet school in Hungary. She suddenly becomes inexplicably obsessed with Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake and her personality completely changes. A young man in love with her investigates.

Director: Peter Del Monte
Stars: Jennifer Connelly, Gary McCleery, Laurent Terzieff
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

When her father goes out of town, beautiful A-student Natalie lets best friends Jeff and Polly move in. Separately and together, the trio of young teens learn much about life, love, and growing up.

Director: Linda Feferman
Stars: Jennifer Connelly, Byron Thames, Maddie Corman
Some Girls (1988)
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Michael, a college student, visits his girlfriend Gabriella and her family for Christmas in Canada. When he gets there, she tells him that she doesn't love him any more. Michael attempts to... See full summary »

Director: Michael Hoffman
Stars: Patrick Dempsey, Jennifer Connelly, Sheila Kelley
Virginia (2010)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A sheriff sees his state senate bid slide out onto the ice when his daughter begins to date the son of a charming but psychologically disturbed woman with whom the sheriff has engaged in a two-decade-long affair.

Director: Dustin Lance Black
Stars: Jennifer Connelly, Ed Harris, Harrison Gilbertson
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
Steve
...
...
...
Joan Abbott
...
Peter Vanlaningham
Nicole M. Vassallo ...
Giggling Girl #1
Amanda Sherman ...
Giggling Girl #2
...
Victor
...
Webb Crosby
...
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

4 April 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Círculo de pasiones  »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,301,138, 6 April 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$5,936,344, 11 June 1997
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

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 »

Quotes

[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.
See more »

Connections

References Island in the Sun (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

You Make Me Feel So Young
Written by Mack Gordon & Josef Myrow
Produced by Christopher Brooks
Performed by David Heckendorn
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
one of the most underrated movies I have ever seen.
8 August 2005 | by 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.


28 of 38 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 74 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page