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Inventing the Abbotts (1997)

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Two working class brothers court three wealthy and beautiful sisters in a small Illinois town.

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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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Love no matter what See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Details

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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The narrator is played by Michael Keaton in an uncredited role. See more »

Goofs

When Doug meets Eleanor in the airport, Eleanor is wearing her flight attendant uniform skirt backwards. Her kick pleat is in the front. The rest of the flight attendants have their skirts on correctly with the kick pleat in the back. See more »

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[first lines]
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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A Certain Smile
Written by Paul Francis Webster & Sammy Fain
Produced by Christopher Brooks
Performed by David Heckendorn
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11 May 2006 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

"Inventing the Abbotts" seems like the sort of movie that they just made for no particular reason. Portraying some relationships in 1957 Illinois, the movie is worth seeing. Maybe not any kind of masterpiece, but interesting. I liked the fake sideburns scene, and the, uh, scene under the table. Joaquin Phoenix was showing the same acting skills that he later brought to "Gladiator" and "Walk the Line", and Liv Tyler, Billy Crudup, and Jennifer Connelly also did quite well.

I guess that overall, there's nothing really unique here. There have been many slice-of-life stories. But this one is pretty well done with some good performances. Worth seeing.


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