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Commandments (1997)

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Seth Warner has reached the end of his rope. Ever since his wife died two years earlier, his world has been in turmoil. He is despondent, his career has fallen apart, even his house has ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aidan Quinn ... Seth Warner
Courteney Cox ... Rachel Luce
Anthony LaPaglia ... Harry Luce
Shirl Bernheim Shirl Bernheim ... Sylvia Andrew
Peter Jacobson ... Banker
Patrick Garner Patrick Garner ... Banker
Marcia DeBonis ... Receptionist
Pamela Gray ... Melissa Murphy
Lisa Louise Langford Lisa Louise Langford ... Paramedic
Chris McGinn ... Nurse
Louis Zorich ... Rudy Warner
Scott Sowers Scott Sowers ... Detective Malhoney
Pat McNamara Pat McNamara ... Police Chief Warren
Jack Gilpin ... Gordon Bloom
Amy Sedaris ... Scholar
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Storyline

Seth Warner has reached the end of his rope. Ever since his wife died two years earlier, his world has been in turmoil. He is despondent, his career has fallen apart, even his house has been destroyed. There seems to be nothing left for him to live for. Confused and angry after two years of suffering, he finally directs his wrath at God from the rooftop of his apartment building in New York City. In the midst of a wild thunderstorm he demands to know why he has been betrayed by the god he has believed in and honored his whole life. God's answer is to strike down Seth's dog in a bolt of lightning. Pushed beyond his limits, Seth decides to respond to his years of torment by breaking each of the biblical Ten Commandments. While staying with his sister-in-law, Rachel, much to the chagrin of her shifty reporter husband, Harry, he systematically sets out to break each commandment one by one. A natural at breaking commandments, Harry is drawn to Seth's mission in the hopes of using it to ... Written by Anonymous

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He's getting even... by breaking all the rules. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 May 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Commandements See more »

Filming Locations:

Montauk, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$312,438, 4 May 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$488,419, 11 May 1997
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Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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When Rachel talks with Seth about her being betrayed by Harry, her haircut changes - in one she has some hair on her forehead, in the next take she doesn't, and then she does again. See more »

Quotes

Harry Lucia: I break 5 or 6 commandments every day before lunch.
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References The Exorcist (1973) See more »

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After Dark
Written by Tito Larriva and Steven Hufsteter
Performed by Tito Larriva (as Tito) and Tarantula
Produced by Tito Larriva, Robert Rodriguez and Mark Goldenberg
Mixed by Joel Soyfter
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Interesting, dark work
20 January 1999 | by StalwartSee all my reviews

There's good work being done here by the principals--I can't decide which of them I like the most, really, although Anthony LaPaglia's noirish everyday scumbag is the best-written of the three. While the story has its weaknesses, it works fine enough for this sort of unassuming film that tells a story in its own meandering way. Courtney Cox finally comes out of her shell, finally playing a likable character, and she proves a worthy receptacle for most of the camera's adoration. All around, a good date rental for those who won't be put off by the sacreligious plotline.


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