The Mysteries of Pittsburgh (2008)

R  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Drama  |  20 January 2008 (USA)
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Based on Michael Chabon's novel, the film chronicles the defining summer of a recent college graduate who crosses his gangster father and explores love, sexuality, and the enigmas surrounding his life and his city.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Bechstein
Ali Reed ...
Female Book Barn Employee
James A. Harper ...
Teen Book Barn Employee
Don Wadsworth ...
Class Instructor
Christian Hand ...
Punk Rock Bathroom Patron
Mohawk Man (as Jarid C. Faubel)
Tim Hartman ...
Restaurant Manager
Shannon Williams ...


Pittsburgh, coming of age in the 1980s. At the beginning of June, Art Beckstein calls this the last summer of his life - after which he'll work as a stock broker. Art's father is the city's mob boss, steering Art's life, judging his choices. At a party, Art sees Jane, smart, blond, lovely. They meet; she has a boyfriend. The next day, Cleveland, the boyfriend, pulls Art from work and the summer of adventures begins. Cleveland lives close to the edge; he's explosive, with hints of problems with local thugs. The triangle of friendship gets complicated when Cleveland disappears for a couple weeks. Can Art sort out his feelings as well as help Cleveland? Where does his father fit in this? Written by <>

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Sometimes life leads you to the most mysterious places.


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Release Date:

20 January 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ein verhängnisvoller Sommer  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$32,783 (USA) (10 April 2009)


$80,283 (USA) (8 May 2009)

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Max Minghella was originally attached to play Art but dropped out due to school commitments. See more »


When Art and Phlox are fighting after his first meeting with Cleveland, she says that it is past midnight. But when Art puts his hand to his face, you can see his watch is showing 8:15 as the time. See more »


Jane Bellwether: And what does he do? What does your father do?
Art Bechstein: He manipulates Swiss bank accounts with money that comes from numbers, whores, protection, and cigarette smuggling.
Jane Bellwether: Really?
Art Bechstein: No, he's in finance.
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Piano Experiment
Written by Ryan Adams
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Courtesy of Lost Highway Records/Universal Music
Published by Barland Music (BMI) administered by Bug Music, Inc.
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Beautiful but confusing film
4 December 2009 | by (China) – See all my reviews

This was a beautiful but ultimately confusing film.

There is an impressive cast of photogenic and talented actors, but the editing seems to have left parts of the story, which would explain its progression, out.

As a result, the story of the 'last' summer for the character played by Foster, it is only partly believable, and the poignancy that one can sense was aimed at, is missed.

There is good acting by the main actors, but the lines provided and the editing leave a lot to be desired.

It is worth seeing, but ultimately leads to a mix of emotions at the end, and not ones intended by the director.

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