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Family Prayers (1993)

PG | | Drama | 16 March 1993 (USA)
Coming of age story of a thirteen year old Jewish boy in the 1960s whose parents decide to break up.

Director:

Scott M. Rosenfelt

Writer:

Steven Ginsberg
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Mantegna ... Martin Jacobs
Anne Archer ... Rita Jacobs
Tzvi Ratner-Stauber Tzvi Ratner-Stauber ... Andrew Jacobs
Julianne Michelle ... Fay Jacobs
Paul Reiser ... Dan Linder
Patti LuPone ... Aunt Nan
Conchata Ferrell ... Mrs. Romeyo
David Margulies ... Uncle Sam
Shiri Appleby ... Nina
Allen Garfield ... Cantor
Keaton Simons ... Mark
Milt Oberman Milt Oberman ... Al
Gina Hecht ... Arlene
James Terry James Terry ... Mike
John Capodice ... Barber #1
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Coming of age story of a thirteen year old Jewish boy in the 1960s whose parents decide to break up.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 March 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Family Divided See more »

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Earthquake Productions See more »
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Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color
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GLEN'S TUNE
Written by Bob Mann and Steve Tyrell
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Sweet and smart film
3 June 2007 | by stropianoSee all my reviews

This coming of age story set in the 1960s takes a look at the effects of a couple's break-up on a sensitive, thirteen year old Jewish boy in the 1960s. The story is effectively told from the teenager's point-of-view--the script is sharp and offers insight into the difficulties young people often face when they are forced to make that transition into adulthood. The cast is solid, particularly Joe Mantegna and Anne Archer as the parents and Patti Lupone as Archer's opinionated sister. I also appreciated how the film doesn't O.D. on the 1960s--its treatment is subtle and adds nuance to the coming-of-age aspects of the story. I enjoyed this film because it took me back to a place and time when I started to realize that the world is a far more complicated place than I imagined. I also appreciated how Ginsberg's screenplay treats the relationship (and tension) between the father and mother--very real and emotional without being over the top! Check it out!


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