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The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things (2004)

Seven-year-old Jeremiah is pulled from his foster home and thrown into a troubled life on the road with his teenage mother, Sarah.

Director:

Asia Argento

Writers:

Laura Albert (short stories) (as J.T. LeRoy), Asia Argento (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Asia Argento ... Sarah
Jimmy Bennett ... Young Jeremiah
Kara Kemp ... Social Worker #1
Brent Almond ... Cop #1
David Dwyer ... Cop #2
Kip Pardue ... Luther
Jeremy Renner ... Emerson
David Brian Alley ... Doctor (as David Alley)
Lydia Lunch ... Social Worker #2
Ornella Muti ... Grandmother
Dylan Sprouse ... Older Jeremiah
Cole Sprouse ... Older Jeremiah
Peter Fonda ... Grandfather
John Robinson ... Aaron
Lindy Maguire Lindy Maguire ... Girl
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Storyline

The dysfunctional twenty-three-year-old Sarah takes her six-year-old natural son Jeremiah from the home of his beloved foster parents with the support of the social service to live with her. Along the years, the boy shares her insane and low lifestyle and is introduced to booze and drugs and mentally, physically and sexually abused by Sarah, her lovers and her religiously fanatic family. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Behind the greatest hoax of our time is the heartbreaking story that started it all.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for intense depiction of child abuse/neglect, strong sex and drug content, pervasive language and some violence | See all certifications »

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USA | UK | France | Japan

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 January 2005 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A szív csalfa vágyai See more »

Filming Locations:

Knoxville, Tennessee, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,000, 12 March 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$29,058, 30 March 2006

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$176,153, 27 February 2005
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Peter Fonda wouldn't smack John Robinson in the face, so the hands smacking John actually belong to the Cinematographer Eric Alan Edwards. See more »

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When Chester stumbles out of the meth lab after the explosion, he is obviously severely burnt as evidenced by his face. Yet the white embroidery on his black leather vest is undamaged in any way. See more »

Quotes

Older Jeremiah: [picks up two pieces of coal and see's faces on them] Oh, you gonna cry if you don't get what you want?
Older Jeremiah: [slams the largest piece of coal off the floor and draws on it with a red pencil] You killed your momma, look, thats blood. You killed your momma, I'm all you got left.
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Connections

References Deep Throat (1972) See more »

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Say It Isn't So
Written by John Yingst & Jan Peterson
Performed by Vikki Rae Jordan
Courtesy of Marc Ferrari / Mastersource
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The Heart is Deceitful
17 April 2007 | by cecilnguyenSee all my reviews

From cult author JT LeRoy's best selling novel The Heart is Deceitful Above all Things, comes Asia Argento's bold cinematic adaptation of the controversial story of a mother and her son living hard and fast in the dark fringes of America. Written and directed by Asia Argento (Scarlet Diva, XXX, Land of the Dead, and shot by Eric Alan Edwards (Kids, My Own Private Idaho), The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things boasts a stunning cast that includes Academy Award nominee Peter Fonda, Jeremy Renner (North Country), Michael Pitt (Hedwig and the Angrey Inch, Last Days), Marilyn Manson, John Robinson (Elephant, Lords of Dogtown), Jimmy Bennett (Poseidon , Polar Express, Daddy Day Care) and Cole and Dylan Sprouse as Jerremiah. This movie has me intrigued throughout and i can not wait to see it again. everyone will agree that this movie packs a punch that is worth watching over and over.


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