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The Myth of Fingerprints (1997)

An ambitious debut for writer/director Bart Freundlich charting the unrest with a family who gather together for Thanksgiving Day.

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Bart Freundlich

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Randee Allen Randee Allen ... Waitress
Arija Bareikis ... Daphne
Justin Barreto Justin Barreto ... Young Jake
Chris Bauer ... Jerry
Nicholas Bourgeois Nicholas Bourgeois ... Young Warren
Tom Cumler Tom Cumler ... Man at Train Station
Blythe Danner ... Lena
Hope Davis ... Margaret
Christopher Duva Christopher Duva ... Tom
Kelsey Gunn Kelsey Gunn ... Young Leigh
Laurel Holloman ... Leigh
Brian Kerwin ... Elliot
James Le Gros ... Cezanne (as James LeGros)
Julianne Moore ... Mia
Polly Pelletier Polly Pelletier ... Young Mia
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An ambitious debut for writer/director Bart Freundlich charting the unrest with a family who gather together for Thanksgiving Day. Written by Jonathan Fox

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The picture featured approximately eight dining room sequences. See more »

Quotes

Jake: I know your true passion theory about two people destined to be together, but we can't all be filled with that much faith, trust and emotion. It just means if you have someone you're not alone. You're not going to find that in some fairy tale romance. Sometimes you have to sit through low times where you don't necessarily feel overwhelmingly, totally in love all the time.
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Referenced in Law & Order: Myth of Fingerprints (2001) See more »

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Low
Written by David Bridie
Performed by My Friend the Chocolate Cake
Published by Winnie Music / WB Music Corp (ASCAP) / Mushroom Music (APRA)
Courtesy of Mushroom Records
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Better Than Expected
24 August 2003 | by newnoirSee all my reviews

I turned this off after the first five minutes when I first saw it on TV. After seeing it again years later I enjoyed it a lot more than I though I would. It's just a simple story of a fairly dysfunctional family getting together for the holidays.

I liked the beautiful, sparsely populated Maine setting. James LeGros' off the wall character was the best thing about the film. I would have liked to have seen more of him. And hallelujah, one of my all time favorite actors, Roy Schneider is back in A-list action after being stuck in B-movie hell for so damn long. Noah Wyle and redheaded vixen Julianne Moore dish out good performances as well.

It's not a great film by any stretch of the imagination. Just a surprisingly good one. It could have been a bit longer, maybe the screenplay punched up and it would qualify as great. But kudos all around nonetheless to the cast and filmmakers, they still did themselves proud, baby. This movie is a hidden gem. It wasn't widely seen as it should have been.


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Official Sites:

Sony's Official Site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Myth of Fingerprints See more »

Filming Locations:

Andover, Maine, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,533, 21 September 1997

Gross USA:

$523,025

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$523,025
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Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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