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A Simple Twist of Fate (1994)

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 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) »

Taglines:

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

When Tanny gives the envelope of money to Marsha, he wakes her by saying "Pennies from Heaven!". In 1981 Steve Martin starred in the movie Pennies From Heaven as a man who has an illicit affair with a woman, resulting in a child. 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: When you turn a gift away from your door, it goes to the one who takes it in.
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Written by Sammy Fain, Irving Kahal and Pierre Norman
Performed by Terry Glenn Harper
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A career best for Steve Martin!
24 January 2004 | by yossarian100See all my reviews

A touching and sensitive retelling of Silas Marner, A Simple Twist of Fate provides Steve Martin with the role of a lifetime. His characterization is nothing short of stunning. This finely crafted and superbly written film is backed up by strong supporting performances and masterful direction. The girls who played Mathilda were perfectly cast and absolutely stole my heart. I rank A Simple Twist of Fate right up there with Jimmy Stewart's It's a Wonderful Life and it's one of the sweetest movies I've ever seen!


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