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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

Writer:

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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He Has The Hands Of An Artist And The Mind Of A Madman. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Music

Certificate:

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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

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 »

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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Referenced in An Almost Perfect Affair (1979) See more »

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Summertime, Summertime
Written by Sherman Feller and Tom Jameson
Performed by The Jamies
Courtesy of Epic Records
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An educated look at the underside of life.
8 April 1999 | by Doctor_BombaySee all my reviews

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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