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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Doug Holt
... Jacey Holt
... Lloyd Abbott
... Helen Holt
... Eleanor Abbott
... Steve
... Pamela Abbott
... Alice Abbott
... Joan Abbott
... Peter Vanlaningham
Nicole M. Vassallo ... Giggling Girl #1
Amanda Sherman ... Giggling Girl #2
... Victor
... Webb Crosby
... Co-ed
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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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When you want it all but can't have it, there's only one way to handle life...invent it. See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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4 April 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Círculo de pasiones  »

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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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Trivia

Jennifer Connelly and Liv Tyler played sisters in this film. Connelly played Betty Ross in Hulk (2003), and Tyler played Betty in The Incredible Hulk (2008). See more »

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During Pam's graduation, Alice's baby cries and she has to leave the auditorium. The child looks about 18 mos, but the cry in the audio is one of an infant. 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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Referenced in Scrubs: My Occurrence (2002) See more »

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A well acted drama
15 April 2001 | by See all my reviews

I found this to be a sweet and emotional film. The direction by O'Connor was swift and engrossing and I liked the way he let you see each character differ when they were around another character. Like the way Joaquin Phoenix's character gets all lustful around Jennifer Connolly, but restrains himself around Liv Tyler.

Considering this is the film that brought them together in real life, I'm not surprised that Joaquin and Liv were so tender with one another. Both of them have the acting ability, where you only have to look into their eyes to know what they're feeling or trying to convey. For all the bitterness some characters offered, it was the relationship between Pamela and Doug that captured me.

Just a sweet love story, and that can be OK sometimes!


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