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Animals with the Tollkeeper (1998)

While looking for paradise, a cab driver suddenly falls in love.

Director:

Michael Di Jiacomo
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Cast

Credited cast:
Tim Roth ... Henry
Mili Avital ... Fatima
Rod Steiger ... Fontina
Mickey Rooney ... Tollkeeper
John Turturro ... Tuxedo Man
Jacques Herlin ... Laurent
Lothaire Bluteau ... Young Laurent
Christopher Fennell ... Sweet Potata
Barbara Bain ... The Mother
Francis Bouc Francis Bouc ... Henri
Gianin Loffler ... Young Henry
Johnny Cenicola Johnny Cenicola ... The Angel
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Raoul Delfosse Raoul Delfosse ... Felipe
O-Lan Jones ... Essie
Joanne Pankow ... Beatrice Lincoln
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While looking for paradise, a cab driver suddenly falls in love.

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Genres:

Romance | Fantasy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 October 1998 (South Africa) See more »

Also Known As:

Animal Attraction See more »

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Magnolia Mae Films See more »
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Beautiful underviewed first work
16 August 2001 | by russellcraigrSee all my reviews

Several years ago I had the privilege of reviewing new scripts for a major production company in Europe. Of the 2,000 scripts I read, only a literal handful have stuck in my mind, and only one of those offbeat few actually made it onscreen. That was 'Animals'. For unknown reasons (because this is a wonderful film) no-one has seen Michael di Jiacomo's first work, the limited release it obtained in France was for purely contractual reasons, and occurred in the 'boom' time slot between Christmas and New year when nobody at all goes to the movies. So, the question is not how strongly to recommend this film (which also has its flaws... but so does every director's first feature) but 'where can it be seen?'. Keep your eyes peeled, but I suspect it will take the first success of di Jiacomo (his next film?) to open distributors' eyes for a re-release.


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