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The Myth of Fingerprints (1997)

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 ...
Waitress
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Daphne
Justin Barreto ...
Young Jake
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Jerry
Nicholas Bourgeois ...
Young Warren
Tom Cumler ...
Man at Train Station
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Lena
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Margaret
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Tom
Kelsey Gunn ...
Young Leigh
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Leigh
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Elliot
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Cezanne (as James LeGros)
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Mia
Polly Pelletier ...
Young Mia

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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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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17 September 1997 (USA)  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$458,815 (USA) (7 November 1997)
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The picture won the Audience Award at the Deauville Film Festival in 1997. See more »

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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 »

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Lost in Space
Written by Dean Wareham / Justin Harwood / Sean Eden / Stanley Demeski
Performed by Luna
Published by Moon Palace Songs / Sub Pop Songs / Songs of PolyGram International Inc. (BMI)
Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group/Beggars Banquet Records Ltd.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Pass the turkey
10 December 2000 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. Caught this one on IFC and was really impressed with the ensemble cast. Especially great work from Julianne Moore, who's role in lesser hands would have crushed the film. Beautifully shot in Maine, the scenery and warm home almost lull you into normalcy. However, the characters shock you into the ultimate dysfunctional family. No warm holiday fuzzies here. A couple of great scenes with Noah Wylie. First, with him alone in bed, while everyone else in the house is "intimately involved". Also, a flashback scene showing a moment of true weakness with his father, and the subsequent 3 years of guilt he carries. Good stuff. My tidbit on this one involves the tangled web of the cast and crew. "Roseanne" series ties together 3 of the actors, while Julianne Moore and Laurel Holloman worked together on "Boogie Nights". Also director Bart Freundlich and Moore parented a child together. Aah, the close knit fabric on independent filmmaking! Worth a rental.


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