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Imaginary Crimes (1994)

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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.

Director:

Anthony Drazan

Writers:

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

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 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
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Storyline

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.

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Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 October 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crimes Imaginários See more »

Filming Locations:

Portland, Oregon, USA See more »

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Gross USA:

$89,611
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Fairuza Balk was called back to re-shoot some scenes and had to wear a wig, since she had already dyed it blonde for Tollbooth (1994). See more »

Quotes

[When Sonya's teacher encourages her to go to college]
Sonya Weiler: You don't know my father.
Mr. Webster: Well, in a way, I do.
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Tumbling Tumbleweeds
Performed by Sons of the Pioneers
Written by Bob Nolan Courtesy of RCA Records Label of BMG Music
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A great character portrait of someone we've all met
24 December 2012 | by thumbpikrSee all my reviews

I'm a fan of small movies with great characters and this one is just that. It's a slice of life featuring a single father, Ray Weiler, and his two young daughters. Ray is someone we've all known in our own lives, good intentions but often irresponsible.

This is one of Harvey Keitel's finest performances and he's matched with two excellent young actresses. Fairuza Balk who plays the eldest daughter, is particularly impressive. Keitel is far more nuanced than one might expect from his more familiar action roles and by the end of the film, I couldn't imagine anyone else playing Ray Weiler. He's sympathetic but wrapped in a bit of sadness.

Yes, the pace is sometimes a bit slow but it all unfolds nicely and the characters are so well drawn that the plot is almost secondary. The script has an autobiographical feel and that may account for its authenticity.

Despite his faults, Ray Weiler is someone I glad I got to know.


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