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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

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 ... 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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Official Sites:

Sony's Official Site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Back home See more »

Filming Locations:

Andover, Maine, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$42,009, 21 September 1997

Gross USA:

$458,815
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie's "The Myth of Fingerprints" title is taken from the Paul Simon song "All Around the World or the Myth of the Fingerprints" which was included on his 1986 album "Graceland". 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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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 you might think
23 September 1998 | by Red7EricSee all my reviews

I would recommend this film; I was drawn in by the cast, particularly Julianne Moore and Blythe Danner. It's a typical situation...tense family angst around the Thanksgiving table. But this time, it's not played for cuteness (i.e., Jodie Foster's "Home for the Holidays"). Dad (Roy Scheider, giving a really icy performance) is seriously unstable, as is the eldest daughter (Julianne Moore). Mom (Blythe Danner) and the baby of the family (Noah Wyle, also a producer) are more likeable -- this being an indie, it also means they're less interesting. The other two children are pretty much ignored by the script, though Hope Davis as the eldest son's romantic interest gives the picture a lift whenever she appears on screen. There are a few amusing moments and clever lines of dialogue, but it's not a Woody Allen comedy/drama -- this one is more raw and probably more honest. Definitely worth a rental. You might love it or hate it, but it will assuredly affect you one way or the other.


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