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17 September 1997 (USA) See more »
An ambitious debut for writer/director Bart Freundlich charting the unrest with a family who gather together for thanks giving. See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Randee Allen ... Waitress

Arija Bareikis ... Daphne
Justin Barreto ... Young Jake

Chris Bauer ... Jerry
Nicholas Bourgeois ... Young Warren
Tom Cumler ... Man at Train Station

Blythe Danner ... Lena

Hope Davis ... Margaret

Christopher Duva ... Tom
Kelsey Gunn ... Young Leigh

Laurel Holloman ... Leigh

Brian Kerwin ... Elliot

James Le Gros ... Cezanne (as James LeGros)

Julianne Moore ... Mia
Polly Pelletier ... Young Mia
Pam Jack ... Bookstore Woman (as Pamela Polhemus)

Michael Rupert ... Warren's Psychiatrist

Roy Scheider ... Hal

Michael Vartan ... Jake

Noah Wyle ... Warren

Directed by
Bart Freundlich 
Writing credits
Bart Freundlich (written by)

Produced by
Howard Bernstein .... associate producer
Anthony Bregman .... associate producer
Bart Freundlich .... producer
Ted Hope .... executive producer
Victoria McGarry .... line producer
Tim Perell .... producer
James Schamus .... executive producer
Mary Jane Skalski .... producer
Noah Wyle .... associate producer
Original Music by
David Bridie 
John Phillips 
Cinematography by
Stephen Kazmierski (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Ken J. Sackheim 
Kate Williams 
Casting by
Douglas Aibel 
Christine Sheaks 
Production Design by
Susan Bolles 
Art Direction by
John McFarlane 
Set Decoration by
Catherine Pierson 
Costume Design by
Lucy W. Corrigan 
Makeup Department
Deborah Cross .... additional makeup assistant
Gianna Sparacino .... key hair designer
Tracy Warbin .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Ross Katz .... post-production supervisor
Jake Myers .... unit manager
Natascha Tillmanns .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jolyon Handler .... second assistant director
Marco Londoner .... second second assistant director
David 'Wex' Wechsler .... first assistant director (as David Wechsler)
Art Department
Pamela Berkeley .... charge scenic
Brian Buteau .... set dresser
Pamela Chodosh .... scenic artist
Lisa Frantz .... property master
Hector M. Gonzalez .... scenic artist (as Héctor González)
Shannon Hart .... scenic artist
Paul Hausman .... carpenter
Mame James .... assistant set decorator
Dianne Kalemkeris .... assistant props
Cailin Kavanaugh .... art department intern
Mary Jane Schepers .... scenic artist
Jeffrey Scott Taylor .... lead man
Nate Thibodeau .... art department intern
Sound Department
Stephen Altobello .... assistant sound editor
Tim J. Carroll .... stereo sound engineer: Dolby
Jesse Feigelman .... location sound mixer
Steve Hamilton .... supervising sound editor
Andy Kris .... adr engineer
Leo Madrazo .... foley artist
Kelly Neese .... additional boom operator
David Novack .... post-production sound mixer
James Palumbo .... apprentice sound editor (as James M. Palumbo)
Jen Ralston .... sound effects editor (as Jennifer Ralston)
Peter Schneider .... location sound mixer
Juan Carlos Zaldívar .... dialogue editor
Christopher Derek Lee .... stunt coordinator (as Christopher Lee)
Camera and Electrical Department
Joe Arcidiacono .... assistant camera
Joe Arcidiacono .... camera operator: "b" camera
Janice Arthur .... Steadicam operator
David Bryant .... best boy grip
Casey Campbell .... best boy electric
Jason Carter .... additional assistant camera
Trish Clark .... second assistant camera
Scott Crawford .... additional assistant camera
Bill Foley .... still photographer (as William Foley)
Michael Fornasiero .... grip
Matt Foster .... additional electrician
J. Alan Hostetter .... gaffer (as Alan Hostetter)
John Kiley .... additional electrician
Peter Letzelter-Smith .... additional electrician
Jayson Lobozzo .... additional grip
Manuel Cuotemoc Malle .... still photographer (as Manuel Malle)
Charles Papert .... Steadicam operator
Antonio Rossi .... second assistant camera
Kurt Schwarz .... key grip
Jason Summers .... third electrician
John Tanzer .... camera loader
Casting Department
Jordan Beswick .... casting associate
Debra Lord Cooke .... local casting (as Dee Cooke)
Laurie Gershon .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marie Abma .... wardrobe supervisor
Pamela Kezal .... wardrobe assistant
Laura Jean Shannon .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Laurie Butler .... first assistant editor
Dalton Helms .... first assistant editor
Dave Pultz .... color timer (as David Pultz)
Hurin Veis .... second assistant editor
Location Management
Douglas Hall .... location assistant
Andrew Saxe .... location manager
Tracy Skillin .... location scout
Christine Welker .... assistant location manager
Music Department
David Abuiso .... musician: double bass
David Bridie .... musician: piano, keyboard and vocals
Andrew Carswell .... musician: mandolin and tin whistle
Hannah Cooper .... musician: oboe
Robin Gador .... musician: bass
Steve Hamilton .... music editor
Zar Hanley .... assistant music engineer
Michael Hill .... music supervisor
Peter Luscombe .... musician: drums
Tracy McKnight .... music supervisor
Helen Mountfort .... musician: cello and harmonica
Greg O'Shea .... assistant music engineer
John Phillips .... musician: acoustic and electric guitars
Simon Polinski .... music engineer
Simon Polinski .... music mixer
Transportation Department
William McGrath .... driver
William O'Brien .... transportation captain
Other crew
Dave Bennett .... office intern
Gregory Blois .... electronic press kit crew
Vanessa E. Cooper .... set intern
Nicole Duryea .... additional production assistant
Rick Eichler .... office intern
Alfa Erma .... office intern
Paola Freccero .... unit publicist
Cliff Fuller .... office production assistant
Bill Garvey .... additional production assistant
Laurie Gershon .... product placement/clearances
Hilary Duval Hall-Allred .... stand-in
Melissa Hanson .... set intern
Elizabeth Heeden .... film conform assistant
Greg Hudson .... electronic press kit crew
Katie Hutchins .... office intern
Chiemi Karasawa .... script supervisor
Anne Kauffman .... assistant: Mr. Freundlich
Myron I. Kerstein .... film conform assistant (as Myron Kerstein)
Michael Kimball .... stand-in
Michele Larocca .... film conform assistant
Sig Libowitz .... assistant to producers
Chip Liscombe .... office intern
Harlem Logan .... production assistant (as Harley Forrest Logan)
Joline Lord .... stand-in
Pietro Lorino Jr. .... production accountant
Jon Marcus .... assistant production coordinator
Jennifer Murphy .... craft service
Neil Orlowski .... production assistant
William Perkins .... production coordinator
Guy H. Rocourt II .... production assistant (as Guy Rocourt II)
Patrick Sheedy .... post-production accountant
Amanda Slater .... key set production assistant
Joan Stein .... office intern
Noreen Ward .... post-production accountant
Shawn Wilson .... assistant accountant
Crew verified as complete

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Rated R for sexuality and language
93 min
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The name of the fictional novel mentioned in the movie was "The Scream of the Rabbits".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.See more »
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7 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
A family gathering, 13 December 2005
Author: jotix100 from New York

Thanksgiving is that time of the year loved by movie makers as it presents an opportunity to bring together families, even dysfunctional ones. Bert Freundlich sets "The Myth of the Fingerprints" in such a setting. We saw the film it during its initial release, we thought it was a good effort for a young man starting his career in films. On second viewing, the other night, the film, although enjoyable, did not have the same effect as when it made its debut.

First of all, some of the relationships don't ring true. That is the case of Mia, the oldest of the girls. We watch as she and Elliott arrive by train while they are involved in a quickie before getting home. This action of being seen in public in such a compromising position, is completely out of character with the Mia we get to see in the scenes that follow. Right after they get to the family home, we get the impression these two are as compatible as oil and vinegar. What is she trying to prove? She goes into town with an attitude of a city slicker, when she meets Cezanne. She reacquaints herself with the boy that had a crush on her, but she has erased from her mind, to the point of appearing this guy was from Mars. This, we didn't buy. Her eventual involvement with Cezanne is something Mia, who hates the rural setting of her youth just doesn't make sense after her haughty demeanor and city ways.

Then there is Warren. He still pines after the loss of Daphne, the beautiful former girlfriend who comes to see him when he gets home. Daphne obviously has not stopped loving Warren, but there is an incident that happened some time before during a party. When she tells Warren about it, it becomes plain he had witnessed the incident, but didn't do anything to stop it from happening.

The seemingly contented parents are also a puzzle. The father, Jake, is an enigma. He is a taciturn man who doesn't interact with his children well. Lena, the mother, seems to know much more than what she led us to believe about her marriage and her relation with Jake.

The acting, in general, is good, no small feat to achieve by someone without much experience under his belt, but Mr. Freundlich succeeds in getting some inspired appearances, especially from Noah Wyle and Julianne Moore. The cast is young and do ensemble work. Hope Davis, Blythe Danner, Arija Baeikis, Michael Vartan, are seen among the supporting cast.

Bart Freundlich showed a promise with this film, and has continued to be among our best young directors since this effort.

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