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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.

Director:

Dan Harris

Writer:

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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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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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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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The tune that Steph plays on the piano while she and Tim are at the party is "Today" by the Smashing Pumpkins. See more »

Goofs

When Tim is asleep on the kitchen table, the contents of the pickle jar he was eating from jumps from empty to half full between shots. See more »

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[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 The NeverEnding Story (1984) See more »

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Baby Scratch My Back
Written by James Moore
Performed by James Moore (as Slim Harpo)
Courtesy of Hip-O Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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mature work from a very young script-writer and director
4 October 2005 | by dromascaSee all my reviews

It is hard to judge 'Imaginary Heroes' without referring to the fact that director and script writer Dan Harris is only 25. You can hardly believe seeing this film, which is not only a mature piece of work, professional and deep, but also with some of the defects of routine specific to older directors.

The setting is the American suburb, too familiar from 'American Beauty' or 'Desperate Housewives'. As in 'American Beauty'the film turns around a suicide, but here it happens at the beginning of the movie, and we are left watching a mid-class family coping with the death of the gifted sportsman brother and son. Emile Hirsch plays the younger brother, Sigourney Weaver is the mother, both are excellent trying to cope with the loss, to find the reason and motivation to survive. Harris drives his actors with a sure hand, and the first two sections of the film (there are four in total, as the seasons of the year) build a wonderful tension, with credible dilemmas and real questions. It is the second part of the film that disappoints slightly, it looks too tired and conventional, and I suspect that the producers may have interfered in the work of the young script-writer and director, trying to bring him closer to the Hollywood convention. That's how this film fails to be a somber version of 'American Beauty', with a different focus. I am sure however that we will hear a lot about Dan Harris in the coming years.


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