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Inventing the Abbotts (1997)

R | | Drama, Romance | 4 April 1997 (USA)
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Two working class brothers court three wealthy and beautiful sisters in a small Illinois town.

Director:

Pat O'Connor

Writers:

Sue Miller (story), Ken Hixon (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joaquin Phoenix ... Doug Holt
Billy Crudup ... Jacey Holt
Will Patton ... Lloyd Abbott
Kathy Baker ... Helen Holt
Jennifer Connelly ... Eleanor Abbott
Michael Sutton ... Steve
Liv Tyler ... Pamela Abbott
Joanna Going ... Alice Abbott
Barbara Williams ... Joan Abbott
Alessandro Nivola ... Peter Vanlaningham
Nicole M. Vassallo Nicole M. Vassallo ... Giggling Girl #1
Amanda Sherman Amanda Sherman ... Giggling Girl #2
Shawn Hatosy ... Victor
Garrett M. Brown ... Webb Crosby
Julie Benz ... Co-ed
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Storyline

Set in the 1950s, Inventing the Abbotts is a dramatic look at the life of two boys from the wrong side of the tracks and their interaction with the three daughters of local aristocrat Lloyd Abbott. The boys, Jacey and Doug Holt, have only three things in common: their family, table tennis and chasing the beautiful Abbott sisters. Their father, a reckless risk-taker, lost his life through a wager with Lloyd Abbott, his then business partner. Written by FMJ_Joker

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Taglines:

When you want it all but can't have it, there's only one way to handle life...invent it. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 April 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Círculo de pasiones See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,301,138, 6 April 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$5,936,344, 11 June 1997
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Joaquin Phoenix and Liv Tyler dated for three years (1995-1998) after meeting on-set. See more »

Goofs

When Eleanor is having sex with Jacey, and Doug walks in, her hair changes position between the away shot and the close up. See more »

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Narrator: The end of my innocence and childhood began in 1957. It is remarkable to me now just how little I knew then about the people around me. It took me years to figure out exactly what the truth was, especially given my brother's knack at inventing facts. My mother once told me that if the Abbotts didn't exist, my brother would have had to invent them.
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References Tonight! (1953) See more »

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You Make Me Feel So Young
Written by Mack Gordon & Josef Myrow
Produced by Christopher Brooks
Performed by David Heckendorn
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5 June 2001 | by beastiegrrl7000See all my reviews

This is one of the best movies I have ever watched. I cry every time I even think about this movie. Even if you don't really like drama, this movie is well worth watching. It will make you rethink everything about yourself and about your life. See this movie with someone you love, even if at the time you are at odds with one another.


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