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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4 April 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

CĂ­rculo de pasiones  »

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$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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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 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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A lovely, heartfelt movie that should have received more attention
31 August 2008 | by (North Huntingdon, PA, U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

As a voracious film buff, it always surprises me when a great film is released and totally escapes my notice, sometimes for years! I recently viewed "Inventing the Abbotts" on a TV pay channel. I was so astounded by the emotional power of the film that I went to my Leonard Maltin guide, curious to see what the reviewer there had to say about it. I was astounded to find that he had pretty much dismissed the whole thing as flaccid and disappointing. I could not help but disagree, most emphatically. Maybe it is all a matter of taste, but I loved the performances by all of the principal players. The cinematography and production design are terrific. I felt that the director had crafted a constantly engrossing, moving film. The script, which Maltin's reviewer called "dull", struck me as having a fine ear for strong dialogue, all of which seemed very natural and effective to me. There is so much that is poignant and insightful and deeply touching in this entire piece that I would say that anyone who favors dramas with powerful romantic elements and thoughtful examination of the forces at work in society should make every effort to see this film. I do not know why it did not attract more notice when it first came out.

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