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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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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

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The song playing in the smoke shop is "Drug Day Afternoon", written and performed by Emile Hirsch and Ryan Donowho. Hirsch also sings the song when he is going up his stairs on crutches. See more »

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Matt's swimming time at the start of the movie is 44.3 for a 100 meter long course swim. This time would better the world record of 47.84. If he had been swimming in a short course yard (instead of long course meters) pool this time would have been a great time, but not a world record. 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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Well written - Well acted - Great story
14 February 2005 | by gepin045See all my reviews

This film is a powerful commentary on family life in North America today. The story is so well constructed, it almost feels like its happening across the street, right now! If you are connected with your family and community in any way, this film will grab you and transport you to the Travis' home and not allow you to leave until the credits are done.

Our imaginary heroes, through a myriad of innocent circumstances, often unwittingly, lead us down a path of sorrow, confusion and isolation. The Travis family, after a terrible tragedy, invite each of us; father, mother, brother and sister, into their respective lives to share their experience in a dynamic set of circumstances that just doesn't quit. We see all of the above and eventually the joy, in powerful performances by the major players and the rest of the cast, making this film a movie-goers absolute treasure.

In a film so well done as this, it is usually difficult to to find something special, but Sigourney Weaver's portrayal of Sandy Travis was outstanding. I would be surprised if others didn't recognize it as such.

Clearly a 10. Well done!


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