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Fingers (1978)

A dysfunctional young man is pulled between loyalties to his Italian mob-connected loan shark father and his mentally disturbed Jewish concert pianist mother.

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James Toback

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James Toback
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Harvey Keitel ... Jimmy Fingers
Tisa Farrow ... Carol
Jim Brown ... Dreems
Michael V. Gazzo ... Ben
Marian Seldes ... Ruth
Danny Aiello ... Butch
Ed Marinaro ... Gino
Georgette Mosbacher Georgette Mosbacher ... Anita (as Georgette Muir)
Tanya Roberts ... Julie
Carole Francis ... Christa
Lenny Montana ... Luchino
Vasco Valladeres Vasco Valladeres ... Luchino's Son
Tony Sirico ... Riccamonza (as Anthony Sirico)
Tom Signorelli Tom Signorelli ... Italian Prisoner
Dominic Chianese ... Arthur Fox
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Storyline

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 <gilesw@hotmail.com>

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A powerful film about sex, music and violent crime. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Music

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 August 1978 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Degete See more »

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Budget:

$1,300,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Tisa Farrow was working as a waitress and cab driver when director James Toback tapped her for the role. See more »

Quotes

Doctor Fry: [putting on a long rubber glove] Relax. All I'm gonna do is slip a finger in.
Jimmy Fingers: Why d'ya need a glove on up to your elbow?
Doctor Fry: My arm's cold. Turn around and bend over.
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Alternate Versions

In the German TV version, the violent climax of the movie is slightly cut. See more »

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Mockingbird
Written by Charlie Foxx and Inez Foxx
Performed by Charlie Foxx & Inez Foxx (as Charlie & Inez Foxx)
Courtesy of United Artist Records
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Worth seeing for Keitel's performance.
8 March 2012 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

"Fingers" is the offbeat, intriguing study of one dysfunctional character, Jimmy (Harvey Keitel), a man who straddles two distinct worlds. In one, he's the reluctant debt collector for his mobster father Ben (Michael V. Gazzo), and a man who won't hesitate to use violence to get the job done. However, he's also an obsessive music lover, and talented pianist with the lofty ambition of performing at Carnegie Hall. He puts off what will prove to be a brutal confrontation at the end to pursue the spaced-out Carol (Tisa Farrow). Writer / director James Toback's unique little movie is more than just the typical NYC gangster picture. It does feature excellent use of NYC locations, and it does have some very brutal moments, but is a decidedly laid back rather than intense experience, with deliberate pacing. The movie is marked by a very erotic quality, whether Jimmy is making the acquaintance of the sexually charged club owner Dreems (Jim Brown, in a captivating low key portrayal), or having an encounter with Julie (Tanya Roberts). We even get a glimpse of Keitel nudity, 14 years before he bared all in Abel Ferrara's "Bad Lieutenant". The movie has a serious, somber mood, yet at the same time is not without some humour. It's a very good vehicle for Keitel, who really throws himself into the twisted main role; other familiar faces such as Danny Aiello, Ed Marinaro, Marian Seldes, Lenny Montana, Tom Signorelli, Frank Pesce, and Zack Norman comprise the supporting cast, and the movie is now notable for co-starring two future 'Sopranos' regulars, Tony Sirico as young mobster Riccamonza and Dominic Chianese as Arthur Fox. But Keitel is truly the one to watch playing an obviously flawed, yet compelling individual with more than his fair share of psycho sexual problems, a certain arrogance, and a tendency towards explosive behaviour who also wants something more out of life. Film fans looking for something a little off the beaten path and deserving of more attention are advised to check out "Fingers", as it refrains from ever being too predictable and tells its story in a very straightforward manner. It's gritty and provocative and rather memorable as well; it's not for all tastes but is rewarding for those who seek it out. Seven out of 10.


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