A recently widowed, small-time hustler struggles to raise his two teenage daughters on his own, and still make a dishonest living in 1950s Indiana.


Anthony Drazan


Sheila Ballantyne (book), Kristine Johnson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Harvey Keitel ... Ray Weiler
Fairuza Balk ... Sonya Weiler
Kelly Lynch ... Valery Weiler
Vincent D'Onofrio ... Mr. Webster
Diane Baker ... Abigail Tate
Chris Penn ... Jarvis
Amber Benson ... Margaret
Elisabeth Moss ... Greta Weiler
Richard Venture ... Judge Klein
Seymour Cassel ... Eddie
Tori Paul Tori Paul ... Young Sonya
Melissa Berntsen ... Gigi Rucklehaus
Annette O'Toole ... Ginny Rucklehaus
Bill Geisslinger Bill Geisslinger ... Bud Rucklehaus
William G. Schilling ... Mr. Garrity


Coming-of-age story set in the 1950's stars Harvey Keitel as a small-time hustler/dreamer, recently widowed, who tries his best to care for his two daughters, 17-year-old Sonya, and 12-year-old Greta, while Sonya's rapid disulisionment with her father puts her at odds with him more times than nessessary. Written by Anonymous

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When a father doesn't live up to his dreams... a daughter has to stand up for hers.


Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for theme and some very mild language | See all certifications »

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a little better
5 February 2021 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Sonya Weiler (Fairuza Balk) is starting private school. Her mother Valery Weiler (Kelly Lynch) wanted a better life which never materialized and she died eight years ago. Her father Ray Weiler (Harvey Keitel) is a functioning drunk who sells his 'investment opportunity' to unsuspecting suckers. Greta Weiler (Elisabeth Moss) is her younger sister. Mr. Webster (Vincent D'Onofrio) is her new teacher and she is befriended by classmate Margaret (Amber Benson).

Originally, I gave this a four mostly due to Keitel's infuriating character. One hopes for some light moments to break up the frustration of watching his sleazy schemes. That never comes. It's a frustrating watch as I'm forced to take constant breaks. Sonya needs more screen time and story. She needs a boy interest and more to do with Margaret. Her father needs less screen time. The audience doesn't actually need to know the details about his scheme. We already know everything when he gets Sonya to lie for him. Quite frankly, we don't need all the Sonya narration. I do appreciate this a bit more after watching this again after twenty some odd years. It's still a five but I do see Keitel's great performance.

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Release Date:

14 October 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Imaginary Crimes See more »

Filming Locations:

Portland, Oregon, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,748, 16 October 1994

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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