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The Identical (2014)

PG | | Drama, Music | 5 September 2014 (USA)
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Twin brothers are unknowingly separated at birth; one of them becomes an iconic rock 'n' roll star, while the other struggles to balance his love for music and pleasing his father.

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Dustin Marcellino
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Liotta ... Reece Wade
Ashley Judd ... Louise Wade
Seth Green ... Dino
Joe Pantoliano ... Avi Hirshberg
Blake Rayne ... Ryan Wade / Drexel Hemsley
Erin Cottrell ... Jenny O'Brien
Brian Geraghty ... William Hemsley
Amanda Crew ... Helen Hemsley
Waylon Payne ... Tony Nash
Danny Woodburn ... Damon
Chris Mulkey ... William Hemsley (Older)
Noah Urrea ... Ryan Wade (9 Years)
Gary Beaty Gary Beaty ... Steve Douglas
Caylin Cervetti Caylin Cervetti ... Angela
Ken Dodge Ken Dodge ... Sergeant
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In 1936, William and Helen Hemsley (Brian Geraghty, Amanda Crew) welcome identical twin boys into the world. But their joy is quickly tempered by a sobering realization; how could they give these children any kind of a life beyond the desperate poverty that haunted many families in the midst of the Great Depression? When evangelist Reece Wade (Ray Liotta) reveals that he and his wife Louise (Ashley Judd) cannot have children, William feels the Lord's prompting to give them one of the infant boys. Both brothers are born with passion, drive and awesome musical talent, but take very separate, yet converging paths. Drexel Hemsley (Blake Rayne) rises like a comet and changes the music world forever. His adopted brother, Ryan Wade (also played by Blake Rayne) struggles to find the purpose for his life. All the way into manhood he wrestles with pleasing Reverend Wade, his loving but controlling father, who is convinced his son Ryan is called into the ministry. Ryan is encouraged by his ... Written by Anonymous

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If He is in your dreams, nothing can stand against Him.

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Drama | Music

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Rated PG for thematic material and smoking | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 September 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Benzer Sesler See more »

Filming Locations:

Nashville, Tennessee, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,587,137, 5 September 2014, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$2,817,092, 19 September 2014
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Ray Liotta and Amanda Crew previously starred together in the 2010 film Charlie St. Cloud. In that film, they didn't share any screen time together. See more »

Goofs

Hospital scene with Jenny on a chair holding a baby: just behind her to the right is a modern surface-mount junction box with RJ45 jacks, for Ethernet networking which was not yet invented. See more »


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New Life
Themes
Performed by Christopher Carmichael, Klaus Badelt and The China National Orchestra
Written by David Liscum, Yochanan Marcellino, Christopher Carmichael and Klaus Badelt
Original score by Christopher Carmichael and Klaus Badelt
Score produced and mixed by Klaus Badelt
(c) 2014 City of Peace Music/BMI (Admin. by Music Services, Brentwood, TN)
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Another "faith-based-movie" that preaches to its own quire
16 November 2014 | by t_atzmuellerSee all my reviews

A lot of faith-based movies are like Limburger cheese: It's okay if that's your taste, but please don't stick it in my face.

The basic story in a nutshell: two brothers are separated at birth. One is raised by his real parents and becomes Elvis in everything but the name (the actor playing the twin is/was an Elvis-impersonator), the other get's raised by a knuckle-dragging preacher (Liotta). And then there is the question of "faith". Do I really have to say more than that?

There are some bible-films that can appeal to the general public, who don't particularly care about the preaching. Some, if not most, are historical films like "Quo Vadis", but it would seem that "themed" films in recent days have become a little more desperate to bring their point across. It's a difference like going to a sermon (and being able to leave, if you so choose) and having a bunch of Jehovah's witnesses molesting you at your doorstep. Talking about what should really make or break a film (the acting), well, like I said, the main-character(s) is an Elvis-impersonator. It has been a long, long time since Ashley Judd has acted in something worthwhile (this too shows) and Ray Liotta tries to play it with a brave face (he will forever be loved with his portrayal of Mafioso; other roles (see "Dungeon Siege"), hmm, often not so great. In other words: the whole deal reeks of schmaltz and something an audience from small, rural hamlets might enjoy on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

You may have noticed some of the more positive reviews below, some almost hysterically bestowing ten points (hell, eleven if only they could), and you might have gotten the impression that those people were typing with one hand while shaking the 'good book' with the other, possibly mumbling in tongues. Yes, it is a symptom of many bible-pushing-flicks. You may have also noticed stories of "grown men weeping like children" while watching this flick (generally at bible-conventions). That's called hysteria or religiously motivated frenzy, and has little to nothing to do with good filmmaking. Often the wish is the father of the thought, but remains wishful thinking. Just like "The Identical".

3/10


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