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Smiling Fish & Goat on Fire (1999)

Goat on Fire and Smiling Fish (original title)
Two brothers share a house in the Fairfax district of LA: Tony a feckless actor, Chris an accountant. Both have relationships on rocky ground. As these emotions swirl, Tony meets his letter... See full summary »

Director:

Kevin Jordan

Writers:

Kevin Jordan (story), Derick Martini (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Derick Martini ... Chris Remi
Amy Hathaway ... Alison
Steven Martini ... Tony Remi
Heather Moudy Heather Moudy ... Nicole (as Heather Jae Marie)
Wesley Thompson ... Burt
Melba Englander Melba Englander ... Nurse
Bill Henderson ... Clive Winter
Christa Miller ... Kathy
Miriam Billington Miriam Billington ... Mother
Francesca Billington Francesca Billington ... Baby
Phillip Pennestri Phillip Pennestri ... Phil
Richard Cody ... Rugby Guy #1
Deanna Aho Deanna Aho ... Girl on Porch
Ion Overman ... Party Girl #1
Rena Riffel ... Party Girl #2
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Storyline

Two brothers share a house in the Fairfax district of LA: Tony a feckless actor, Chris an accountant. Both have relationships on rocky ground. As these emotions swirl, Tony meets his letter carrier, a single-mom named Kathy who's come to LA from Wyoming with her daughter, a budding actress. Chris meets Anna, an Italian beauty working in the States, for a few months, wrangling animals on movie sets. Chris also befriends Clive, an aging, crusty man whose longing for his recently-deceased wife is a portrait of true love. Can Clive's example help Chris sort out his love life, and can Tony grow up enough to see the possibilities with Kathy and her daughter? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

two brothers, four women and the search for Magnetic Perfection

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some sexual content and brief drug use
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Trivia

Derick Martini met actress 'Amy Hathaway' on the film and began a relationship that lasted five years. See more »

Quotes

Chris Remi: Come on by, I'll do your taxes.
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A sweet wonderful movie
29 August 2000 | by Lucian-3See all my reviews

It's good sometimes to be reminded we need low budget indie films to tell us warm, genuinely human stories. Despite poor production values wonderful performances shine through here. Most notable is Bill Henderson giving the performance of his life. Mainstream films offer so few strong emotional roles to the elderly (as opposed to pap like The Crew or Space Cowboys) that it's nice to see Bill shine. When I saw the premier screening at Toronto International Film Festival it received 3 standing ovations, one especially for Henderson, who was overwhelmed with joy to receive it.

I look forward to this film coming to town again so I can see it a second time after post-production.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 March 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Smiling Fish & Goat on Fire See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,994, 27 August 2000

Gross USA:

$278,492

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$278,492
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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