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Inventing the Abbotts (1997)

R | | Drama, Romance | 4 April 1997 (USA)
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Two working class brothers court three wealthy and beautiful sisters in a small Illinois town.

Director:

Pat O'Connor

Writers:

Sue Miller (story), Ken Hixon (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joaquin Phoenix ... Doug Holt
Billy Crudup ... Jacey Holt
Will Patton ... Lloyd Abbott
Kathy Baker ... Helen Holt
Jennifer Connelly ... Eleanor Abbott
Michael Sutton ... Steve
Liv Tyler ... Pamela Abbott
Joanna Going ... Alice Abbott
Barbara Williams ... Joan Abbott
Alessandro Nivola ... Peter Vanlaningham
Nicole M. Vassallo Nicole M. Vassallo ... Giggling Girl #1
Amanda Sherman Amanda Sherman ... Giggling Girl #2
Shawn Hatosy ... Victor
Garrett M. Brown ... Webb Crosby
Julie Benz ... Co-ed
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Storyline

Set in the 1950s, Inventing the Abbotts is a dramatic look at the life of two boys from the wrong side of the tracks and their interaction with the three daughters of local aristocrat Lloyd Abbott. The boys, Jacey and Doug Holt, have only three things in common: their family, table tennis and chasing the beautiful Abbott sisters. Their father, a reckless risk-taker, lost his life through a wager with Lloyd Abbott, his then business partner. Written by FMJ_Joker

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Love no matter what See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 April 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Círculo de pasiones See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,301,138, 6 April 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$5,936,344, 11 June 1997
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jennifer Connelly and Liv Tyler played sisters in this film. Connelly played Betty Ross in Hulk (2003), and Tyler played Betty in The Incredible Hulk (2008). See more »

Goofs

When in the movie Doug writes on the window "I love you", he writes with the finger on the glass that is covered with steam, and it looks nice, but in fact when it's cold and the windows are covered with steam, the steam is always INSIDE the room, not outside. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: The end of my innocence and childhood began in 1957. It is remarkable to me now just how little I knew then about the people around me. It took me years to figure out exactly what the truth was, especially given my brother's knack at inventing facts. My mother once told me that if the Abbotts didn't exist, my brother would have had to invent them.
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Connections

References Road House (1948) See more »

Soundtracks

A Certain Smile
Written by Paul Francis Webster & Sammy Fain
Produced by Christopher Brooks
Performed by David Heckendorn
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Excellent, real-to-life drama in Smalltown USA
21 April 2003 | by martex34See all my reviews

Don't know why I didn't see of hear of this film back in 1997, but I don't remember any noise about it at all. Excellent screen play with fine characterizations by all actors; absorbing story and a true-to-life story that hits home at any time. The era was well represented by costume and settings; one of those "good little films" that get lost in the shuffle I guess. Bravo to all associated. I'll recommend it!


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