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A Simple Twist of Fate (1994)

PG-13 | | Drama, Comedy | 2 September 1994 (USA)
His life was emotionally closed off from the world, until an orphaned baby showed up at his house.

Director:

Gillies MacKinnon

Writers:

George Eliot (novel), Steve Martin
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Martin ... Michael McCann
Gabriel Byrne ... John Newland
Laura Linney ... Nancy Lambert Newland
Catherine O'Hara ... April Simon
Alana Austin ... Mathilda McCann - Age 10
Alyssa Austin ... Mathilda McCann - Age 5
Alaina Mobley Alaina Mobley ... Mathilda McCann - Age 3
Callie Mobley Callie Mobley ... Mathilda McCann - Age 3
Victoria Evans Victoria Evans ... Mathilda McCann - Age 1
Elizabeth Evans Elizabeth Evans ... Mathilda McCann - Age 1
Stephen Baldwin ... Tanny Newland
Byron Jennings ... Keating
Michael Des Barres ... Bryce (as Michael des Barres)
Tim Ware ... Rob
David Dwyer ... Joe the Bartender
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Storyline

Michael McCann is a man who feels totally betrayed by the world, after his wife revealed to him that their child was not his. A few years after his break-up we find him living alone in a small town. But, everything in his miserable life changes when he adopts a little girl whose mother died outside his house. After several years, the real father returns to claim the girl from Michael, thinking that she will be an advantage for his political career. Written by Chris Makrozahopoulos <makzax@hotmail.com>

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girl | gold | secret | miser | baby | See All (65) »

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A twist of fate brought them something wonderful... Each other!

Genres:

Drama | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for a drug-related situation | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 September 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Igra sudbine See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$3,428,774
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Touchstone Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Loosely based on the 1861 novel Silas Marner by George Eliot. See more »

Goofs

When John Newland (Byrne) is outside in the stables talking to his wife Nancy, he is not wearing any neckwear. Yet in the next scene when they are inside, just before he confesses his secret to her wife, he sports a gray silk ascot tie. See more »

Quotes

Michael McCann: I was thinking I'd call her Mathilda
Mrs. Simon: I will give you the deed to my house not to call her that.
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Connections

Version of Silas Marner (1916) See more »

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Written by Richard Berry
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I enjoyed viewing this movie.
22 October 2000 | by michelle_johnson_76180See all my reviews

I feel that Steve Martin acted well in this movie as well as adapting it. I've heard people comment that Martin was not made for this role, however I've seen him do worse in his natural genre, i.e. The Man With Two Brains.

Watching the movie prompted me to read the book and it did not ruin the book. Maybe because the two stories are set in different era's, but I choose to believe that it is because Martin adapted the book nicely for the movie and that George Eliot wrote a good book. Viva la Steve!


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