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A Simple Twist of Fate ()


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His life was emotionally closed off from the world, until an orphaned baby showed up at his house.

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Michael McCann
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John Newland
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Nancy Lambert Newland
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April Simon
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Mathilda McCann - Age 10
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Mathilda McCann - Age 5
Alaina Mobley ...
Mathilda McCann - Age 3
Callie Mobley ...
Mathilda McCann - Age 3
Victoria Evans ...
Mathilda McCann - Age 1
Elizabeth Evans ...
Mathilda McCann - Age 1
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Tanny Newland
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Keating
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Bryce (as Michael des Barres)
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Rob
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Joe the Bartender
Tom Even ...
Dod the Cop
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Judge Marcus
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Marsha Swanson
Danny Nelson ...
Dr. Roberts
Kellen Crosby ...
Lawrence - Age 11
Adam Crosby ...
Lawrence - Age 8
Chase Conner ...
Lawrence - Age 5
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Elaine McCann
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Cal
Eric Brooks ...
Butler
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Stablehand
Shauna Leigh Austin ...
D.C. Teacher
Suzanne Stewart ...
Judge's Wife
Dan Chandler ...
Cop
Deborah Duke ...
Esther
Michelle Benjamin Cooper ...
Teacher (as Michelle Benjamin-Cooper)
Muriel Moore ...
Mrs. Latham
Boyce Holleman ...
Politician #1
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Politician #2
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Bailiff
Janell McLeod ...
Court Stenographer
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Girl at Polo Game
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T.V. Reporter
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T.V. Cameraman (as D. Henderson Baker)
Mary Nell Santacroce ...
Female Social Worker
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Male Social Worker
Libby Whittemore ...
Playgroup Mom
Scott Brian Higgs ...
Summons Server (as Scott Higgs)
Pamela Fitch ...
Mathilda's Pal
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Parent
Don Young ...
Graveyard Worker
Jon Kohler ...
Janitor
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Gymnist Mom (uncredited)
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Polo Club Guest (uncredited)
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Tanny's Playmate (uncredited)
Barry Hopkins ...
Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Sean Sweeney ...
Drug Dealer (uncredited)
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Choir Singer (uncredited)

Directed by

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Gillies MacKinnon

Written by

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George Eliot ... (novel "Silas Marner")
 
Steve Martin ... (written by)

Produced by

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Ric Kidney ... producer
Steve Martin ... executive producer
Karen Snow ... associate producer

Music by

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Cliff Eidelman

Cinematography by

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Andrew Dunn

Film Editing by

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Humphrey Dixon

Editorial Department

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Janet Ogletree ... apprentice editor
William Webb ... additional editor

Casting By

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Dianne Crittenden

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Andy Harris

Art Direction by

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Tim Galvin

Set Decoration by

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Maria Nay

Costume Design by

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Hope Hanafin

Makeup Department

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Frank Griffin ... makeup artist
Philip Ivey ... hair stylist
Suzanne Kontonickas ... hair stylist
Sarah Mays ... additional makeup artist
Judy Ponder-Patton ... makeup department head

Production Management

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Marty P. Ewing ... unit production manager (as Marty Ewing)
Angel Pine ... Post Production Executive (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Vebe Borge ... first assistant director
Peter Herman ... second second assistant director
Ric Kidney ... second unit director
Jerry Pece ... first assistant director: second unit
Christopher Swartout ... second assistant director
Todd Turner ... assistant director

Art Department

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Robert Beck ... property master
Wren Boney ... set dresser
Tony Bradley ... carpenter
Tracey A. Doyle ... assistant set decorator
Jack Johnson ... illustrator
Steven Kerlagon ... lead scenic painter
Gary Kosko ... assistant art director
Tony Kupersmith ... construction coordinator
Kim Larsen-Santini ... assistant property master
Alba Leone ... lead person
Otto Lindsey ... set dresser
Alisa Lumbreras ... stand-by scenic
Jean-Paul Menard ... set dresser
Cheree Miller ... art department assistant (as Cheree Welsh)
Ruffin Moye ... greensman
Mark Nave ... painter
Edward T. Reiff Jr. ... set constructor
Bob Renna ... buyer
Julia Starr Sanford ... set designer (as Julie Sanford)
Jonathan Short ... set designer (as Jonathon Short)

Sound Department

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David E. Campbell ... re-recording mixer
Mary H. Ellis ... sound mixer
David Gertz ... foley mixer
Avram D. Gold ... adr editor
Robert W. Hedland ... assistant sound editor
Allen Hurd ... sound recordist
Fred Judkins ... supervising sound editor
James Moriana ... foley artist
John T. Reitz ... re-recording mixer
Gregg Rudloff ... re-recording mixer
Robert L. Sephton ... sound designer / sound editor
Bryan O. Watkins ... sound editor (as Bryan O. Watkins)
Jeffrey Wilhoit ... foley artist

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Lisa Reynolds ... special effects assistant
Bob Shelley ... special effects
Thomas R. Ward ... special effects

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Paul Lasaine ... matte artist
Wally Schaab ... digital compositor

Stunts

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Gary Cerveny ... stunts
Mark Hays ... stunts
Robert Jauregui ... stunts
Webster Whinery ... stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

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John Bramley ... still photographer
Dan Cornwall ... electrician
Ian Forsyth ... electrician
Robert Kempf ... key grip
Bobby McMahan ... camera loader
Greg Morse ... 24 frame video operator
Paul M. Pollard ... camera operator: second unit / director of photography: second unit
Joseph Thomas ... assistant camera
Celine Thomas-Hays ... second assistant camera
Brian Tidmore ... assistant camera
Paul Varrieur ... camera operator: "a" camera
Ronald Vidor ... Steadicam operator / camera operator
Tom Bradley ... electrician (uncredited)

Animation Department

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Matthew Butler ... on set greensman

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Jill Halbreich ... set costumer
Cheryl Kilbourne-Kimpton ... costume supervisor
Juliet Polcsa ... assistant costume designer
Dennis Schoonderwoerd ... costumer
Amanda Zenil ... set costumer

Location Management

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Justin Garrick Bell ... assistant location manager
John Findley ... assistant location manager (as John Findley III)
Richard Klotz ... location manager

Music Department

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Tom Boyd ... musician: oboe soloist
George Doering ... musician
Robert W. Hedland ... assistant music editor
Mark McKenzie ... orchestrator
Matt Walker ... music executive (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Stephen Roland ... van driver
Hank Van Apeldoorn ... transportation: second unit
Windi Robinson ... art driver (uncredited)

Other crew

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Linda Burns ... production secretary
Dennis G. Carter ... craft service
Terry J. Erdmann ... unit publicist
Jan Garner ... production accountant
Lilene Mansell ... dialect coach
Senia Phillips ... head animal trainer
Steven Reder ... production assistant
Louis C. Robins ... stand-in: utility male
Patience Thoreson ... script supervisor

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines A twist of fate brought them something wonderful... Each other! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Le cadeau du ciel (France)
  • Der Zufalls-Dad (Germany)
  • Un golpe del destino (Spain)
  • Un cop de destí (Spain, Catalan title)
  • Saatusekäänakud (Estonia)
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Runtime
  • 106 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United States $1,400,000

Did You Know?

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Trivia 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 »
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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Quiz Show/Milk Money/A Simple Twist of Fate/A Good Man in Africa/What Happened Was... (1994). See more »
Soundtracks Past Three O'Clock See more »
Quotes Bailiff: All Rise!
Judge Marcus: To hell with that, let's go!
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