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Crooked Hearts (1991)

How the discovery of a father's affair affects each member of his family.

Director:

Michael Bortman

Writers:

Robert Boswell (novel), Michael Bortman (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Berg ... Tom (as Pete Berg)
Vincent D'Onofrio ... Charley
Noah Wyle ... Ask
Peter Coyote ... Edward
Cindy Pickett ... Jill
Juliette Lewis ... Cassie
Jennifer Jason Leigh ... Marriet Hoffman
Wendy Gazelle Wendy Gazelle ... Eileen
Marg Helgenberger ... Jennetta
Deanna Milligan ... Julie (as Deanna Jean Milligan)
Sacha Moiseiwitsch Sacha Moiseiwitsch ... Bonita (as Sasha Moisewitsch)
Joshua Jackson ... Tom (11 years)
Ryan Jorgenson Ryan Jorgenson ... Ask (9 years)
Ian Tracey ... Limber Watkins
Vincent Gale ... Charley's Friend
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Storyline

A young man leaves college and re-enters life with his dysfunctional family. Slowly, long-buried secrets involving their father are unraveled and the animosities between the father and older brother are revealed. As the past is revealed, new tragedies pulls the family together at last. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and a scene of sensuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 September 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brustna hjärtan See more »

Filming Locations:

British Columbia, Canada

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$31,000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Joshua Jackson. See more »

Quotes

Charley: This family's like a drug, and we're all junkies.
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Soundtracks

Ain't Got No Home
Written by Clarence 'Frogman' Henry (as Clarence Henry)
Performed by Clarence 'Frogman' Henry
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Fun Indie Film
10 February 2003 | by chthon2See all my reviews

When a young man, Tom (Peter Berg), comes home to visit his family, he finds that since he has left the Warrens have become majorly disfunctional as a result of his father's hidden infidelity. His father, Edward (Peter Coyote), refuses to deal with these problems, going into denial and pretending that everything is fine. His older brother Charley (Vincent D'Onofrio) attempts to get kicked out of the family by causing emotional trouble, becoming violent, and he finally beats up Tom in the end, to no avail; Tom realizes that Edward won't throw Charley out because that would be letting him win.

This is the sort of dark little film which is original and wonderfully written but too subdued and depressing to ever gain wider acceptance. The tale of a family's descent into mutual distrust and self pity is not something most people would be willing to watch, regardless of the quality of the work.

Good directorial work and writing here. The performances are also all solid, especially D'Onofrio as the aggressive sociopath son and Noah Wyle as his brother Ask, such a riveting performance from a young Wyle. Take the time to watch this at least once if you see it on the movie channels. It's too extreme for many people to relate to, but it does keep you entertained, and it has a good, realistic ending.


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