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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

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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

Tom: You here to beat me up, Charley? I know you can do it.
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China Grove
Written by Tom Johnston
Performed by The Doobie Brothers
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
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Forgiveness: GOOD! Personal responsibility: BAD!
26 July 2002 | by xfile1971See all my reviews

Writer/Director Michael Bortman brings us a movie which will be loved by everyone who feels that the number one thing you could ever do in your life is support your family. On the surface, that may not sound like such a bad thing. After all, everyone wants to be loved and supported by their family. However, "Crooked Hearts" goes WAY past that.

The movie follows the ups and downs (mostly downs) of the Warren family. The members of this family are the type of people who would support their brother or son even if they were a convicted serial child molester. That's how obsessive and blinding their family structure is. I could never feel connected to any of the characters in this film because only one of them seemed like a nice person. To make things worse, the one nice guy is presented to us as being weak and childish.

Almost everyone in the Warren family is dishonest and selfish. In fact, at one point in the movie, being an arsonist is presented to us as simply being a very minor character flaw. This pathetic situation spirals out of control until tragedy strikes the family in one of the absolute most manipulative scenes EVER put to film.

The acting is quite good. That shouldn't surprise anyone who glances at the list of cast members. However, anyone who believes that taking responsibility for your actions is a positive trait will not enjoy this movie. Its "ethical" stance is completely at odds with anyone who believes you should be honest, thoughtful and stand up for what you believe in. 2/10


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