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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.

Director:

Dustin Marcellino

Writer:

Howard Klausner
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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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Everybody Knows It
Written by Rick Harchol (as Richard Michael Harchol), James Carslake, Jerry Marcellino and Yochanan Marcellino
Electric guitar produced by and featuring Rick Harchol
(c) 2014 Galilee of the Nations Music/ASCAP and City of Peace Music/BMI (Admin. by Music Services, Brentwood, TN)
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The first inspirational film without a message?
6 September 2014 | by jdennistSee all my reviews

Let me say, I don't mind schmaltz. I don't at all mind films with a message. But THE IDENTICAL was written by someone with no narrative skill, and the film's clichés are less bothersome than its total failure to make any use of its premise. It's hard to explain how badly the film stumbles in this regard without detailing the plot, but suffice to say I truly see no message that one could take away from it.

Yes, it's a film that details tangentially with faith, but the characters' religious values impact the story in no fundamental way. You could have made the "identical"'s father a lawyer for all the difference it actually makes. And the reference to the Six Day War is a total non sequitur.

But at film's end, no real lessons have been learned (even those who find themselves in the rather unlikely situation that the protagonist faces will find little of value here), no points have been made, and our time has been pretty thoroughly wasted.

I could talk about how bad the performances by Ray Liotta, Seth Green, and Joe Pantoliano are, or how Ashley Judd barely ages over 40+ years, or how the period detail is incredibly haphazard, or how creepy the serenade-courtship scene is, but I'll settle for saying this:

Calling this film inspirational because its characters are Christians is like calling The Wolf of Wall Street patriotic because its characters are Americans.


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