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Commandments (1997)

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Seth Warner has reached the end of his rope. Ever since his wife died two years earlier, his world has been in turmoil. He is despondent, his career has fallen apart, even his house has ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aidan Quinn ... Seth Warner
Courteney Cox ... Rachel Luce
Anthony LaPaglia ... Harry Luce
Shirl Bernheim Shirl Bernheim ... Sylvia Andrew
Peter Jacobson ... Banker
Patrick Garner Patrick Garner ... Banker
Marcia DeBonis ... Receptionist
Pamela Gray ... Melissa Murphy
Lisa Louise Langford Lisa Louise Langford ... Paramedic
Chris McGinn ... Nurse
Louis Zorich ... Rudy Warner
Scott Sowers Scott Sowers ... Detective Malhoney
Pat McNamara Pat McNamara ... Police Chief Warren
Jack Gilpin ... Gordon Bloom
Amy Sedaris ... Scholar
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Storyline

Seth Warner has reached the end of his rope. Ever since his wife died two years earlier, his world has been in turmoil. He is despondent, his career has fallen apart, even his house has been destroyed. There seems to be nothing left for him to live for. Confused and angry after two years of suffering, he finally directs his wrath at God from the rooftop of his apartment building in New York City. In the midst of a wild thunderstorm he demands to know why he has been betrayed by the god he has believed in and honored his whole life. God's answer is to strike down Seth's dog in a bolt of lightning. Pushed beyond his limits, Seth decides to respond to his years of torment by breaking each of the biblical Ten Commandments. While staying with his sister-in-law, Rachel, much to the chagrin of her shifty reporter husband, Harry, he systematically sets out to break each commandment one by one. A natural at breaking commandments, Harry is drawn to Seth's mission in the hopes of using it to ... Written by Anonymous

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He's getting even... by breaking all the rules. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 May 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Commandements See more »

Filming Locations:

Montauk, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$312,438, 4 May 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$488,419, 11 May 1997
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DTS

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

When Rachel talks with Seth about her being betrayed by Harry, her haircut changes - in one she has some hair on her forehead, in the next take she doesn't, and then she does again. See more »

Quotes

Rachel Lucia: Am I a commandment to be broken?
Seth Warner: Yes.
Rachel Lucia: Is that all?
Seth Warner: No.
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Connections

References Bonnie and Clyde (1967) See more »

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After Dark
Written by Tito Larriva and Steven Hufsteter
Performed by Tito Larriva (as Tito) and Tarantula
Produced by Tito Larriva, Robert Rodriguez and Mark Goldenberg
Mixed by Joel Soyfter
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A SELF INDULGENT LOOK AT GOD
15 April 2001 | by Barnabasat45See all my reviews

Being a young widowed man, I was most anxious to see Commandments. Also, if you have read any of my other film revues, you should know how much I enjoy seeing Courteney Cox's work. However,despite all my efforts, I could not find enough substance within this motion picture to really enjoy it

The plot: a recently widowed man fusses at God due to his recent string of bad luck, ie death of his wife, tornado coming from no where and destroying, only his home, leaving his neighbors untouched, and so on. He then decides to break all the commandments as a way to challenge God to sort of a duel?

The photography was dark and dreary, even on sunny day scenes, giving the film a "life is so drab" undertone. We watch as the main character one by one breaks all of the commandments, which include a tastefully executed love scene with his brothers wife, played by Courteney Cox. As always, Ms.Cox's work was most admirable.

I can tell you first hand what being widowed is like, the pain and frustration are overwhelming. Commandments does not hit any of those marks. It is rather a self indulgent film that through black humor, tries to have us take a look at our own belief's. I won't even mention the ending.I will leave that for you to discover. Hey,you may enjoy this film more than I, but I doubt it.


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