The Myth of Fingerprints (1997)

R  |   |  Drama, Comedy  |  17 September 1997 (USA)
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An ambitious debut for writer/director Bart Freundlich charting the unrest with a family who gather together for thanks giving.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Randee Allen ...
Justin Barreto ...
Young Jake
Nicholas Bourgeois ...
Young Warren
Tom Cumler ...
Man at Train Station
Kelsey Gunn ...
Young Leigh
Cezanne (as James LeGros)
Polly Pelletier ...
Young Mia


An ambitious debut for writer/director Bart Freundlich charting the unrest with a family who gather together for thanks giving. Written by Jonathan Fox

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Drama | Comedy

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Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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$42,009 (USA) (19 September 1997)


$458,815 (USA) (7 November 1997)

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Director, Bart Freundlich met his wife Julianne Moore while filming the film. Moore has said that one week after the shooting started they were together. They are now married and have 2 children. (2015) See more »


Jake: I know your true passion theory about two people destined to be together, but we can't all be filled with that much faith, trust and emotion. It just means if you have someone you're not alone. You're not going to find that in some fairy tale romance. Sometimes you have to sit through low times where you don't necessarily feel overwhelmingly, totally in love all the time.
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Referenced in Law & Order: Myth of Fingerprints (2001) See more »


You Go to My Head
Lyrics by Haven Gillespie
Music by J. Fred Coots
Performed by the Rozz Nash Sextet
Published by Haven Gillespie Music (ASCAP) and Toy Town Tunes (ASCAP)
c/o The Songwriters Guild of America/Warner Bros. Inc. (ASCAP)
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13 February 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I just watched this film, and I came on here to see if I'd missed something that I really should have paid attention to! I really cant help but think 'Geez, that's an hour and 40 minutes of my life that I'll never get back!'

I must admit that I think the acting was great, Juliana Moore was amazing and so was Noah Wyle, but what was the point of the sister and the other brother? What was going on with the brothers blonde girlfriend? she was perky and had some personality but it went nowhere... the story was just so slow and - how do I put this? non descript!

If you want to see a film with a dysfunctional family, inappropriate relationships, humour and an answer to the questions posed during the movie, then watch The Family THAT'S a movie worth seeing.

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