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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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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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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Details

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Actress Julianne Moore and director Bart Freundlich met while filming this picture. Moore has said that one week after the shooting started they were together. They were married and have had two children. 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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The emperor's not wearing any clothes...
3 September 1999 | by NewYorkLondonParisMunichSee all my reviews

I didn't know a thing about this movie until I rented it last night. After it ended, my wife said, "What was the point of that? It's like there was a hidden camera in somebody's house, but there was nothing interesting for the hidden camera to see." That was the problem with "The Myth of Fingerprints": we watched a group of uninteresting characters not do anything interesting for an hour-and-a-half.

Here are our characters.

1. DAD (Roy Scheider) - Dull and silent. When drunk, acts drunk.

2. MOM (Blythe Danner) - Acts like a mom.

3. BIG SISTER (Julianne Moore) - Bitter and annoying. And bitter. A completely unpleasant character...but not even interestingly unpleasant. Just bitter.

4. BIG BROTHER (Noah Wylie) - Cute and bland. Broke up with GIRLFRIEND and acts depressed until he gets back together with her.

5. LITTLE SISTER - Cute, perky, and bland.

6. LITTLE BROTHER - Doesn't do anything. Don't know why he's in the script at all, except as an excuse to write his cute, perky, and bland GIRLFRIEND into the movie.

7. BIG SISTER'S HUSBAND (or maybe BOYFRIEND) - Cute and bland. Bickers with insufferable BIG SISTER.

Well, that's our cast. What do they do? Get together for Thanksgiving and spend a few dinners together, then go home. Meanwhile, the big "conflicts" in the plot include:

1. BIG SISTER acts like a jerk and annoys everyone (including the audience).

2. BIG BROTHER finds out that GIRLFRIEND broke up with him because DAD acted drunk some time ago.

3. All characters search for something to say and do to fill up the screen time, but fail, mostly.

Well, that's our plot. Not much conflict, not much character development. Suddenly, the screen fades to black, then the credits roll. I can't recall a time when I felt LESS involved in a movie than this one. What was the point? To show how bland a family Thanksgiving dinner can be? If that was the goal, then the movie accomplished it, with flying colors.


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