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Imaginary Heroes (2004)

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The Travis family façade is destroyed by an event incomprehensible to them -- an event which will open locked doors and finally reveal the secrets that have haunted them for decades.

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Dan Harris

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Dan Harris
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sigourney Weaver ... Sandy Travis
Emile Hirsch ... Tim Travis
Jeff Daniels ... Ben Travis
Michelle Williams ... Penny Travis
Kip Pardue ... Matt Travis
Deirdre O'Connell ... Marge Dwyer
Ryan Donowho ... Kyle Dwyer
Suzanne Santo ... Steph Connors
Jay Paulson ... Vern
Luke Robertson ... Jack Johnson
Lee Wilkof ... Mitchell Goldstein
Terry Beaver Terry Beaver ... Dr. Montey
Sara Tanaka Sara Tanaka ... Shelly Chan
Ned Benson ... Undercover Hippie
Larry Fessenden ... Store Clerk
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Storyline

The Travis family façade is destroyed by an event incomprehensible to them -- an event which will open locked doors and finally reveal the secrets that have haunted them for decades. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

People are never who they seem to be

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for substance abuse, sexual content, language and some violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA | Germany | Belgium

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 2005 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Heróis Imaginários See more »

Filming Locations:

Chatham, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,696, 19 December 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$228,524, 15 May 2005
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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At an assembly, a student reads "original poetry" by another who had recently killed herself. The poetry is actual an excerpt from the lyrics to "Alive" by Pearl Jam. See more »

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When Sandy hands the $50 bill to the undercover cop, we see its back from her point of view. When the view shifts to the other direction, we still see the back, but we should see the face. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Tim Travis: Matt Travis was a great swimmer. But it wasn't just that he was a great swimmer, it was simply that he was greater at swimming than anyone I ever knew was good at whatever they were good at.
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Spoofs Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) See more »

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Baby Scratch My Back
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Excellent, smart, funny, scary
3 April 2005 | by plkldfSee all my reviews

This film is chock-full of little surprises, many of them funny. The fact that it's written and directed by a 24-year old blows my mind. Some of the scenes where the high school kids are using ecstasy made me very uncomfortable because I have a kid that age and I could picture her using it. As parent of a teen, I found the depictions of the parent-child interactions to be dead-on accurate.

I enjoyed the film's many little jokes, and I enjoyed the fact that not everything made perfect sense and not all the issues were resolved by the end. To paraphrase Mark Twain, truth is stranger than fiction, because fiction is required to stick to that which is possible, while truth is not.

This is a film which plays with the viewer, allowing us believe that people are what other people think they are, only to allow us later to realize that the folks we assumed were right were completely ignorant of the real situation. One of the film's strongest scenes, a scene about which we feel very relieved and sympathetic about what the character is doing, turns out to be based on a completely wrong assumption, and the character, while admirable, is totally wrong. It's very subtly done, I think. Very realistic.

I liked the score a lot -- I thought it really aided the film, really helped set the mood -- the film has a couple of screwball moments, and the background music helps establish that.

The valedictorian speech is a hoot and a half -- got a big laugh! The movie is really in my head right now -- saw it this morning. Will try to see it again, time allowing. Tens are hard to come by, but a solid nine in my book.


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