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

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$458,815 (USA) (7 November 1997)
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Actor Roy Scheider and actress Blythe Danner had previously both worked on a stage production together and as well around twenty-seven years earlier on the tele-movie To Be Young, Gifted, and Black (1972). 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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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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Goes beyond a family gathering
17 May 1999 | by (Alpena, Michigan) – See all my reviews

For all of the movies I have been forced to accept and comprehend, _The Myth of Fingerprints_ is far and away the one that I most wish that I could have had a part in. It flows over a holiday visit like the cold breeze out their Maine window. The characters are more real than human beings could hope to be; some are willing to disclose who they are, and others leave us with only a trace understanding.

I could not hope to make a movie this sincere and beautiful; it achieves in an hour and half more than I could hope to see in a lifetime. Let's hope that Bart Freundlich can top this one.


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