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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 thanks giving.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Randee Allen ... Waitress
... Daphne
Justin Barreto ... Young Jake
... Jerry
Nicholas Bourgeois ... Young Warren
Tom Cumler ... Man at Train Station
... Lena
... Margaret
... Tom
Kelsey Gunn ... Young Leigh
... Leigh
... Elliot
... Cezanne (as James LeGros)
... Mia
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 thanks giving. 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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$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$42,009, 21 September 1997, Limited Release

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$458,815, 9 November 1997
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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 »

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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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Lost in Space
Written by Dean Wareham / Justin Harwood / Sean Eden / Stanley Demeski
Performed by Luna
Published by Moon Palace Songs / Sub Pop Songs / Songs of PolyGram International Inc. (BMI)
Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group/Beggars Banquet Records Ltd.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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A modern masterpiece?
28 July 1999 | by See all my reviews

I am always hard-pressed to find a movie made in this decade that can move me as much, as say, 'Love Story' or 'The Way We Were' did simply because people aren't making movies now that are so GOOD. 'The Myth of Fingerprints', however, is astoundingly powerful, in its subtle way of course, but its power is there nonetheless, and that is the point. This movie's plot is not really very original, its story emulating that true and tested family gathering "genre" where feelings long hidden and events long supressed inevitably surface, leaving the audience with a rather cathartic ending where normality is established and the house is once again set in order. There is something about this movie, however, that brings to mind Redford's masterpiece "Ordinary People", because like that movie, 'The Myth Of Fingerprints' "imprints" the thoughts and feelings and the subtle nuances of family life on the viewer so damn well. This movie doesn't just invite you to share the joys and pains of this family, but it grabs you and places you right into the scene. It is almost as if you are there, too, eating Thanksgiving dinner with them, like you were a friend of the family's and have known them for a long, long time. Noah Wyle gives a great performance, considering he is an amature to the big screen. Blythe Danner is still as lovely as ever, as are the rest of this astoundingly good looking family. If it is not quite a modern masterpiece of family drama in the 90's, show me something else that surpasses it, and I'll make my judgement then.


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