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Keitel plays the lead in this schizophrenic movie in which he is continually pulled by the two conflicting sides of his personality, on the one hand that of a quiet piano virtuoso and on the other a ruthless debt collector for his mobster father. Keitel is introspective as only Keitel can be, really making the audience feel for him and his pained existence.Written by
Danny Aiello, who played one of Tony Sirica's two bodyguards, objected to holding the door or lighting the cigarette of his boss while in character. Those actions were done by actor Ed Marinaro, who played the other thug. See more »
[putting on a long rubber glove]
Relax. All I'm gonna do is slip a finger in.
Why d'ya need a glove on up to your elbow?
My arm's cold. Turn around and bend over.
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In the German TV version, the violent climax of the movie is slightly cut. See more »
Many times over the years James Toback has been referred to as brilliant', and a good deal of those times the film Fingers' is mentioned in the same sentence.
It stands right there with Resevoir Dogs, Bad Lieutenant, and Mean Streets-all Harvey Keitel films which have over the years gotten far more applause than they did earlier..
Actually the premise is just enough unique: the concert pianist from the wrong side of the tracks, the carefree and confused collector for his bookie father.
Toback's dialogue is very raw, but it is on target for the very raw world he describes.
Michael Gazzo gives one of his best performances ever as Keitel's father.
Not to be missed, but if you look to Toback to recreate this magic with his later efforts, The Pick-Up Artist' or `Exposed', don't waste your time. Even his recent `Two Girls and a Guy' might have been `Two Mil Down the Drain' without the superb performance of Robert Downey Jr.
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