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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
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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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Connections

Spoofs The NeverEnding Story (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Detroit
Written by Nick Lucassian and Marlon Young
Performed by Shipwreck Union
Courtesy of Music Sales Corporation and Taro Entertainmnet
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Good soundtrack and performances, not too original
3 January 2009 | by FlorisVSee all my reviews

This film does not have the outstanding visuals that American Beauty or The Ice Storm offered and because it was made after those films, it cannot be marked as very original either: the music, though subtly brilliant, sounds very much like that of American Beauty.

The story has some similarities with The Ice Storm in particular (besides Sigourney Weaver). Without intent perhaps, the film seems to try to recreate the success of the two aforementioned movies too much. At times, the story tends to stay a bit more shallow than it's bigger, more successful "brothers" by having too much going on, or by not delivering the most effective dialogs. Here, the writing cannot measure with that of American Beauty. But that can be said about most movies ever made, even the best and there is still a lot to like: said music score and (expectable, given the cast) effective performances. Of note is Emile Hirsch who would shine a couple of years later in the outstanding "Into The Wild".

Overall I can recommend this film if you like suburban dramas though it's not the first one on a list of must-sees, which would be topped by: 1 American beauty 2 The Ice Storm 3 Little Children.

After you've seen and liked those, check out this one.


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