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

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Drama | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 September 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Igra sudbine See more »

Filming Locations:

Conyers, Georgia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$3,428,774
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Company Credits

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Touchstone Pictures See more »
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Dolby | Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Although Steve Martin and Laura Linney fight over the custody of a child in this film, both stars did not become first-time parents until much later in life, and well over 10 years after the release of this movie. Steve Martin became a father at 67 in 2012; Linney became a first-time mother at 49 in 2014. See more »

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The shadow of a boom mic is visible above Mathilda's mom, when Mathilda begins to cry. See more »

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Judge Marcus: As a judge, I'm always interested in the exact moment when someone's argument falls apart.
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Sonata No. 3 In C Major
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Steve Martin doing drama? Yes!
16 March 1999 | by callie-5See all my reviews

Steve Martin is, and will always be, a comedian first and foremost. But everyone needs to do something different in their life and he does it well! Mr. Martin took the story of Silas Mariner and has updated it to a wonderful story. It's not a comedy movie because it's not a comedic book that it came from. I think that Mr. Martin has kept the feelings of loss and rebirth (for lack of a better phrasing) vibrantly alive in this adaptation. Steve Martin CAN do drama and he does it so well. The story and characters are rich. You are drawn in to the despair of the main character, feeling for him, but still wanting to kick him in the pants and tell him to get on with, not just life, but living. And when the opportunity to do so presents itself to him. It is a joy to watch him become human again. I could go on forever, but I'm only allowed 1,000 words. Not enough for this movie, so see for yourself what it is that makes Steve Martin not just a versatile actor, but a GOOD actor.


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