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The Myth of Fingerprints (1997)

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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 ...
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
Hope Davis ...
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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Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$458,815 (USA) (7 November 1997)
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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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On the Banks of the Wabash
Words and music by Paul Dresser
Performed by Rufus Wainwright, Jon Brion and Ethan Johns
Recorded by Ethan Johns, The Hook Studio, Los Angeles
Courtesy of DreamWorks Records
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Surprisingly honest with no sell out at the end!
3 March 2004 | by (usa) – See all my reviews

As those who can personally relate to this story well understand, not all stories about damaged families can have resolution and closure. The Myth of Fingerprints is quite honest in that regard. The story provides some explanation of what happened but not why, much like real life. What we do get is richly painted characters provided by strong performances, good writing, and good direction who tell us their story and allow us to draw our own conclusions. It's well worth the effort for those who appreciate a drama that doesn't take short cuts and permits the characters to tell their own stories instead of spoon feeding the audience and neatly wrapping everything up like an unwanted birthday present.


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