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Keeping the Faith (2000)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 14 April 2000 (USA)
Two friends, a priest and a rabbi, fall in love with the same woman they knew in their youth, but the religious position of both men denies them romance.

Director:

Edward Norton

Writer:

Stuart Blumberg
2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Stiller ... Rabbi Jake Schram
Edward Norton ... Father Brian Finn
Jenna Elfman ... Anna Riley
Anne Bancroft ... Ruth Schram
Eli Wallach ... Rabbi Ben Lewis
Ron Rifkin ... Larry Friedman
Milos Forman ... Father Havel
Holland Taylor ... Bonnie Rose
Lisa Edelstein ... Ali Decker
Rena Sofer ... Rachel Rose
Ken Leung ... Don
Brian George ... Paulie Chopra
Catherine Lloyd Burns ... Debbie
Susie Essman ... Ellen Friedman
Stuart Blumberg ... Len
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Storyline

Jake and Brian are friends. They are Jewish and Catholic respectively. They would grow up and become a rabbi and priest. Anna, whom they knew when they were younger, comes back to town a stunning woman. Jake is up to be the head of his synagogue but he is not married which doesn't make his appointment any easier. Jake finds himself attracted to Anna but because she's not Jewish, he can't marry her as it would make his appointment less likely. Brian also finds himself attracted to Anna, but the priesthood doesn't allow that. Their friendship is strained when each learns of the other's feelings for her. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Taglines:

If you have to believe in something, you might as well believe in love.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexuality and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hebrew | Spanish

Release Date:

14 April 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Divinas tentaciones See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$29,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,078,671, 16 April 2000

Gross USA:

$37,047,880

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$59,945,183
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In the airport scene, where limo drivers hold up signs with the names of people they're waiting for, one sign reads "S Blumberg." This is the name of the writer of the film, Stuart Blumberg. See more »

Goofs

Some of the scenes that supposedly take place on Yom Kippur on not realistic. Yom Kippur is a solemn day of fasting, prayer and repentance, and observant Jews spend basically the entire day in temple services...following Jake's Yom Kippur "speech" as they called it (there are no "speeches," they are called sermons) the board of Jake's temple appears to have a meeting to discuss his career, this would/could never happen since no work is allowed on that day. Also it appears that right after that meeting concludes and Jake finds out he still has a job he then gets Anna and goes to the karaoke party....there is no way Jake, Rabbi Lewis and Jake's mother would be at a karaoke party on Yom Kippur. See more »

Quotes

Father Brian Kilkenney Finn: [to Anna] Excuse me if I say that I don't think I'm the best person to offer objective advice on this particular confession.
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Crazy Credits

Thank-yous include one to "Salmita Bonita", a reference to actor-director 'Edward Norton''s girlfriend, actress Salma Hayek. See more »

Alternate Versions

Also included on the DVD is a Gag Reel, a long collection of outtakes featuring several bits of 'sermon' from Jakob, Anna stuttering and falling into the fountain at the museum, a rabbi and Jakob discussing how the 'director is god and the producer should kiss his ass' and 'the jew has to try out for SAG president', and Brian falling several times trying to catch his glass at the bar. Many of the finalized scenes these outtakes relate to also wound up as outtakes. See more »

Connections

Spoofs Apocalypse Now (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Ready to Take a Chance Again
Written by Charles Fox and Norman Gimbel
Performed by Barry Manilow, Edward Norton and Ken Leung
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A good "feel good" comedy
14 April 2000 | by Quinoa1984See all my reviews

Edward Norton's Keeping the Faith is a well meaning a good hearted comedy about boyhood to adulthood loves and different faiths in the cross fire. For first time director Norton this is a good example of what one can do when he is not shaving his head or getting into fights (j/k).

The film stars Ben Stiller as rabbi Jake with some nice tones of comedy in his weekly services and Norton plays priest Brian (Stiller's best friend) that means well. They both love their childhood friend-girl Anne, who when she grows up (Jenna Elfman) becomes the apple of both their eyes. It goes around for a while, and it turns out to be funny and expectable results. Still, good effort by Director Norton, script-writer Stewart Blumberg, and the cast for pulling this through. A


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