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Keeping the Faith -- Two friends, a priest and a rabbi, fall in love with the same beauty.


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Writer (WGA):
Stuart Blumberg (written by)
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Release Date:
14 April 2000 (USA) See more »
If you have to believe in something, you might as well believe in love.
Two friends, a priest and a rabbi, fall in love with the same woman they knew in their youth, but the religious position of both men denies them romance. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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An hour of comedy falls apart in the second half See more (258 total) »


  (in credits order)

Ben Stiller ... Rabbi Jake Schram

Edward Norton ... Father Brian Finn

Jenna Elfman ... Anna Riley

Anne Bancroft ... Ruth Schram

Eli Wallach ... Rabbi Ben Lewis

Ron Rifkin ... Larry Friedman

Milos Forman ... Father Havel

Holland Taylor ... Bonnie Rose

Lisa Edelstein ... Ali Decker

Rena Sofer ... Rachel Rose

Ken Leung ... Don

Brian George ... Paulie Chopra

Catherine Lloyd Burns ... Debbie

Susie Essman ... Ellen Friedman

Stuart Blumberg ... Len

Samuel Goldberg ... Teenage Jake Schram (as Sam Goldberg)

Michael Charles Roman ... Teenage Brian Finn (as Michael Roman)

Blythe Auffarth ... Teenage Anna Riley

Jonathan Randell Silver ... Alan Klein

Brian Anthony Wilson ... T-Bone
Juan Piedrahita ... Omar

Kelly Deadmon ... Woman in Bar
Raphael M.A. Frieder ... Cantor

Bodhi Elfman ... Howard the Casanova

Chris Gardner ... Basketball Kid #1 (as Christopher Gardner)
Santi Formosa ... Basketball Kid #2
Francine Beers ... Greta Nussbaum
Rena Blumberg ... Chaya
Ellen Hauptman ... Roz Lentz

Liz Larsen ... Leslie

Matt Winston ... Matt

Nelson Avidon ... Joel

David Wain ... Steve Posner

Donna Hanover ... Confessional Woman #1

Wai Ching Ho ... Confessional Woman #2
Howard Greller ... Doctor
Brenda Denmark ... Nurse (as Brenda Thomas Denmark)
Marilyn Cooper ... 'Don't Walk' Lady

Hawk Koch ... Rabbinical Professor

Craig Castaldo ... Radio Man (as Radio Man)
Keith Perry ... Old Man Hit with the Censor
John Arocho ... Bully

Derrick Eason ... Co-Worker
Ray Carlson ... Monsignor

Barbara Haas ... Mother in Synagogue Reception Room
Sunny Keyser ... Mother
Lorna Lable ... Mother

Paula Raflo ... Mother
Hillary Brook Canter ... Daughter
Dana Lubotsky ... Daughter
Alexandra Rella ... Daughter
Eugene S. Katz ... Mohel

Tony Rossi ... Hot Dog Vendor
John P. Duffell ... Father Duffell
Keith Williams ... AIDS Patient

Dagmara Dominczyk ... Claire
Kryss Anderson ... Craig

Sophia Alexis ... Party Guest

Tony Devon ... Jewish Neighbor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Giovanni Capitello ... Bartender at cocktail party

Bronwen Carson ... Sexy Secretary
Robin Clark ... Singer In Gospel Choir

Andre Da Silva ... Guitar player

Dan Griffin ... Various
Jeff Millstein ... Synagogue member / movie patron (scenes deleted)
Joseph Oliveira ... Night Club Patron
Victoria Rong

Laura Summer ... (voice)

Amy Wilson ... Ruth (scenes deleted)
Frank Floyd ... Choir Member (uncredited)
Paul Hogan ... Karaoke Singer Sean (uncredited)

Martin Pfefferkorn ... Homeless Man (uncredited)

Jessica Prince ... Synagogue Member (uncredited)

Shabazz Ray ... Himself (uncredited)

Robert F. Saunders ... Man in Front Row (uncredited)
Bernard J. Tarver ... Movie Theater Patron (uncredited)
Cliff Townsend ... Gospel Choir Member (uncredited)

Directed by
Edward Norton 
Writing credits
Stuart Blumberg (written by)

Produced by
Gary Barber .... executive producer
Roger Birnbaum .... executive producer
Stuart Blumberg .... producer
Jonathan Glickman .... executive producer
Hawk Koch .... producer
Edward Norton .... producer
Original Music by
Elmer Bernstein 
Cinematography by
Anastas N. Michos 
Film Editing by
Malcolm Campbell 
Casting by
Avy Kaufman 
Production Design by
Wynn Thomas 
Art Direction by
Chris Shriver 
Set Decoration by
Leslie E. Rollins 
Costume Design by
Michael Kaplan 
Makeup Department
Victor DeNicola .... key hair stylist
Ann Masterson .... makeup artist: Jenna Elfman
Rita Ogden .... makeup artist
Jackie Payne .... hair stylist
Carla White .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Jonathan Filley .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mark Carter .... assistant director
Mark Cotone .... first assistant director
Stephen Lee Davis .... assistant director
Paul Hogan .... dga trainee
Art Department
Eric Cheripka .... props
Robert Currie .... props
Peter DeCurtis .... set dresser
James Donahue .... scenic artist
Christopher Doogan .... scenic artist
Jeffrey L. Glave .... scenic artist
Heather Danielle Kane .... assistant property master
Erik Knight .... art department coordinator
Christine Moosher .... assistant set decorator
Malcolm Reid .... key shop craftsman
Donald Robinson .... assistant art director: Graphic Designer
Raymond M. Samitz .... construction coordinator
Ron Stone .... property master
Loren Weeks .... assistant art director
Joan Winters .... graphic designer
Brick Mason .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Pembrooke Andrews .... assistant dialogue editor
Christopher S. Aud .... sound editor
Kevin E. Carpenter .... sound re-recording mixer
Jeffrey Cranford .... assistant sound editor
Paul Curtis .... adr editor
Paul Curtis .... dialogue editor
Francesca Dodd .... dialogue editor
Patrick Dodd .... supervising sound editor
Terry Garcia .... assistant sound editor
Eric Gotthelf .... foley mixer
Michael Herbick .... sound re-recording mixer
J. Paul Huntsman .... supervising sound editor
Tom Nelson .... production sound mixer
Marsha Sorce .... sound recordist
John C. Stuver .... dialogue editor
Kevin Webb .... sound recordist
Special Effects by
John Ottesen .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Dennis Berardi .... visual effects supervisor: Toybox
Max Harris .... visual effects compositor: Toybox
Carey Len Smith .... visual effects coordinator: Toybox
G.A. Aguilar .... stunt coordinator
Blaise Corrigan .... stunt coordinator
Stephanie Finochio .... stunt double
Shawnna Thibodeau .... stunt double
Camera and Electrical Department
Bill Almeida .... best boy electric
Steven Blaho .... rigging grip
Kenny Burke .... best boy grip
Ronald Burke .... dolly grip (as Ron Burke)
Andrew Cheung .... company grip
Matt Chubet .... company grip
James Edmiston .... company grip
Morris Flam .... director of photography: second unit
Morris Flam .... gaffer
Joel Holland .... video assist operator
Francis Leach .... electrician
Clay Liversidge .... rigging gaffer
William MacGhee .... electrician
Peter Masterson .... assistant camera
Jason Micallef .... electrician
David Norris .... camera operator: Wescam camera
John Panuccio .... key rigging grip
Lance E. Phox .... rigging electric
Robert T. Prate .... rigging grip
Tom Prate .... key grip
Darren Ryan .... 24 frame video operator
Brooke Stanford .... electrician
Glen Wilson .... still photographer
Casting Department
Beth Bowling .... casting associate
Nicole Brown .... extras casting assistant
Byron Crystal .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lorraine Calvert .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
James A. Brewer .... first assistant editor
Lisa Hayden .... assistant editor (as Lise Hayden)
John F. Lyons .... assistant editor
Janet Ogletree .... assistant editor
Angela Torrez Parker .... post-production
Music Department
Emilie A. Bernstein .... orchestrator
Kathy Durning .... music editor
Lisa Jaime .... music editor
Kenneth Karman .... supervising music editor
Kathy Nelson .... executive in charge of music: Buena Vista
Robert Puff .... music librarian
Patrick Russ .... orchestrator
Dan Wallin .... score mixer
Transportation Department
Bobby Marsh .... driver
Other crew
Erin Alexander .... assistant to cast
Liza Bigger .... production assistant
Teena Byl .... production secretary (as Teena Deocales)
Tami Cassell .... adr loop group
Al Cerullo .... helicopter pilot
Ellen Gannon .... production coordinator
Chris George .... unit location assistant
Laurie Gershon .... product placement/clearances
Stefan Morris Hogan .... production assistant
Deirdre Horgan .... script supervisor
Julie Kuehndorf .... unit publicist
Deanna Leslie .... set production assistant
Adam Levine .... stage manager
Josh Liveright .... stage manager
Lev Mailer .... adr voice
Theresa Marsh .... first assistant production accountant
David Ray Martin .... location assistant
Terry McAllister .... security investigator
Kiersten Pilar Miller .... production assistant
Jesse Nye .... production assistant
Evan Perazzo .... location assistant
Wayne Petrucelli .... security coordinator
Kris Schackman .... location assistant
Michael Stricks .... location manager
Maria Williams .... assistant: Ben Stiller
Nate Wood .... production assistant
Benjamin Woodlock .... production assistant
Tim Ballou .... script clearance administrator (uncredited)
Michael J. Harker .... completion bond representative (uncredited)
Meredith Mills-Cavalluzzo .... assistant: Anne Bancroft (uncredited)
Anthony Reynolds .... stand-in: Edward Norton (uncredited)
Jonathan Roumie .... location assistant (uncredited)
Hilary Walker .... location scout (uncredited)
K.L. Connie Wang .... assistant script clearance administrator (uncredited)
David Fincher .... special thanks

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Rated PG-13 for some sexuality and language
128 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Casanova, the businessman in the office across the street, is played by Jenna Elfman's husband Bodhi Elfman.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Brian describes 13-year-old Anna as "a cross between "Jonny Quest" (1964) and Tatum O'Neal in Foxes (1980)". Tatum O'Neal wasn't in Foxes. He's either referring to Jodie Foster in Foxes, or Tatum O'Neal in Little Darlings (1980). Then again, he was drunk.See more »
Anna Riley:I just called to see how the date went.
Rabbi Jacob "Jake" Schram:That's so funny. I had an impulse to call you last night but then I thought it might be too late.
Anna Riley:You should've. I was stuck here barking at Los Angeles. So what did you wear?
Rabbi Jacob "Jake" Schram:What? I'm not gonna tell you what I wore on my date. Why would I do that?
Anna Riley:I want to get an image of a young rabbi on the prowl, what's your game man?
Rabbi Jacob "Jake" Schram:Ok. Navy blue pin stripe suit.
Anna Riley:Mmm.
Rabbi Jacob "Jake" Schram:Navy blue button down shirt.
Anna Riley:Good colour for your eyes. Shoes?
Rabbi Jacob "Jake" Schram:Black. Kenneth Cole. Leather.
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16 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
An hour of comedy falls apart in the second half, 14 April 2000
Author: Bradley E. Herring ( from Richmond, Virginia

"Keeping the Faith" as an adult romantic comedy works well. Norton's timing, both as a director and as an actor are magnificent, and Stiller and Elfman add to this shining cast. The approach to religion in a mainstream film is a new one for me at least with deference being paid to each of the respective character's, and the jokes are basically laughing with the religion, rather than at it. The inner struggles that each man faces with his own religion and the woman that threatens to tear apart their religious selves are the most interesting aspects of the film.

The first half is a comedic gem, a laugh-barrage, that completely changes once sex is introduced. It loses focus, changing its story into that of a failing friendship and blossoming love interspersed with awkward and frankly embarrassing moments of comedy. For those who have seen it I refer to the "touchy-feely confession" joke.

At over two hours, it's way too long for a comedy, and it definitely feels it. It's a good film, but by no means can it be considered great. See it to laugh for an hour if you don't mind chuckling and fidgeting in your seat for the second hour.

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