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Smiling Fish & Goat on Fire (1999)

Goat on Fire and Smiling Fish (original title)
Two brothers share a house in LA's Fairfax district: Tony's a feckless actor, Chris is an accountant. Both are in relationships on rocky ground. As these emotions swirl, Tony meets his US ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Chris Remi
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Alison
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Tony Remi
Heather Moudy ...
Nicole (as Heather Jae Marie)
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Burt
Melba Englander ...
Nurse
Bill Henderson ...
Clive Winter
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Kathy
Miriam Billington ...
Mother
Francesca Billington ...
Baby
Phillip Pennestri ...
Phil
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Rugby Guy #1
Deanna Aho ...
Girl on Porch
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Party Girl #1
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Party Girl #2
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Storyline

Two brothers share a house in LA's Fairfax district: Tony's a feckless actor, Chris is an accountant. Both are in relationships on rocky ground. As these emotions swirl, Tony meets his US Postal Service letter carrier, a single mom named Kathy who's come to LA from Wyoming with her daughter, a budding actress. Chris meets Anna, an Italian beauty working in the States for a few months wrangling animals on movie sets. Chris also befriends Clive, an aging and crusty man whose longing for his recently-deceased wife is a portrait of true love. Can Clive's example help Chris sort out his love life, and can Tony grow up enough to see the possibilities with Kathy and her daughter? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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two brothers, four women and the search for Magnetic Perfection

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Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some sexual content and brief drug use
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10 March 2000 (USA)  »

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Smiling Fish & Goat on Fire  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,994 (USA) (27 August 2000)

Gross:

$277,233 (USA) (12 November 2000)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The 'Amy Hathaway' character "Alison", who inexplicably weeps during sex in the film, was based on 'Derick Martini's' ex-girlfriend. The ex-girlfriend showed up at a New York promotional screening and ran out of the theatre crying before the first reel ended. See more »

Quotes

Chris Remi: Come on by, I'll do your taxes.
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A Uniquely Endearing Film
18 November 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I happened upon this DVD at the library, and because I love watching movies I've never seen which also have strange titles, I checked it out. After watching it a couple of times, I've decided to buy it!

"Smiling Fish & Goat on Fire" will definitely not appeal to everyone. It's a quiet little story about relationships, both romantic and brotherly, and "coming of age" (funny, I never knew what that term meant until seeing this film).

I hadn't ever heard of the Martini brothers, nor Kevin Jordan or Bill Henderson for that matter, and I probably never would have were it not for the lucky happenstance at the library. This film is genuinely charming, thanks in no small part to the actors and the screenplay. Not your basic Hollywood romantic comedy in the least (and I'm not averse to those), "Smiling Fish..." is in full possession of its own self. Bravo all around! Anyone who comes from a close two-sibling-of-the-same-sex family will probably love this film, as well as anyone who enjoys a touching "slice-of-life" story with much originality, and even more heart. Funny, unique, and sweet!!!


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