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The Myth of Fingerprints (1997)

An ambitious debut for writer/director Bart Freundlich charting the unrest with a family who gather together for Thanksgiving Day.

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Bart Freundlich

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Bart Freundlich
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Randee Allen Randee Allen ... Waitress
Arija Bareikis ... Daphne
Justin Barreto Justin Barreto ... Young Jake
Chris Bauer ... Jerry
Nicholas Bourgeois Nicholas Bourgeois ... Young Warren
Tom Cumler Tom Cumler ... Man at Train Station
Blythe Danner ... Lena
Hope Davis ... Margaret
Christopher Duva ... Tom
Kelsey Gunn Kelsey Gunn ... Young Leigh
Laurel Holloman ... Leigh
Brian Kerwin ... Elliot
James Le Gros ... Cezanne (as James LeGros)
Julianne Moore ... Mia
Polly Pelletier Polly Pelletier ... Young Mia
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An ambitious debut for writer/director Bart Freundlich charting the unrest with a family who gather together for Thanksgiving Day. Written by Jonathan Fox

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Sony's Official Site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Back home See more »

Filming Locations:

Andover, Maine, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,533, 21 September 1997

Gross USA:

$523,025

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$523,025
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

First of three cinema movies where director Bart Freundlich has directed his wife actress Julianne Moore. The films are World Traveler (2001), Trust the Man (2005), and The Myth of Fingerprints (1997). See more »

Quotes

Jake: I know your true passion theory about two people destined to be together, but we can't all be filled with that much faith, trust and emotion. It just means if you have someone you're not alone. You're not going to find that in some fairy tale romance. Sometimes you have to sit through low times where you don't necessarily feel overwhelmingly, totally in love all the time.
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Soundtracks

Adeste Fidelis (O Come All Ye Faithful)
Music by John Reading
Lyrics by John Francis Wade and Frederick Oakeley
Performed by Bing Crosby
Courtesy of MCA Records
by arrangement with Universal Music Special Markets
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I want my 90 minutes back
23 January 2002 | by tracibrinkSee all my reviews

Working within a tired construct, this movie puts stereotypes and almost-characters in painfully self-conscious "real-life" situations within which they ape human reactions. Although the plot is reliant upon a buildup of tension, no such progression comes, and nothing changes for any of the (mostly inexplicably) bitter characters who congregate in the family home for a supposedly revealing and explosive holiday reunion. This profoundly irritating story is clumsily written, poorly shot and populated by dull, unsympathetic and self-involved characters. Its 90 minutes felt like days.


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