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Fingers (1978)

A dysfunctional young man is pulled between loyalties to his Italian mob-connected loan shark father and his mentally disturbed Jewish concert pianist mother.

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James Toback

Writer:

James Toback
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Harvey Keitel ... Jimmy Fingers
Tisa Farrow ... Carol
Jim Brown ... Dreems
Michael V. Gazzo ... Ben
Marian Seldes ... Ruth
Danny Aiello ... Butch
Ed Marinaro ... Gino
Georgette Mosbacher Georgette Mosbacher ... Anita (as Georgette Muir)
Tanya Roberts ... Julie
Carole Francis ... Christa
Lenny Montana ... Luchino
Vasco Valladeres Vasco Valladeres ... Luchino's Son
Tony Sirico ... Riccamonza (as Anthony Sirico)
Tom Signorelli Tom Signorelli ... Italian Prisoner
Dominic Chianese ... Arthur Fox
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Storyline

Keitel plays the lead in this schizophrenic movie in which he is continually pulled by the two conflicting sides of his personality, on the one hand that of a quiet piano virtuoso and on the other a ruthless debt collector for his mobster father. Keitel is introspective as only Keitel can be, really making the audience feel for him and his pained existence. Written by <gilesw@hotmail.com>

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He Has The Hands Of An Artist And The Mind Of A Madman. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Music

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 August 1978 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Degete See more »

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Budget:

$1,300,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Beat That My Heart Skipped (2005) is a French remake of this film, and may even be the first French remake of an American feature created from an original screenplay. See more »

Quotes

Jimmy Fingers: Don't you understand? I'm going to bring you into dreams of yourself. All you have to do is believe in me.
Carol: What? You're so full of shit!
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In the German TV version, the violent climax of the movie is slightly cut. See more »

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Soundtracks

Mockingbird
Written by Charlie Foxx and Inez Foxx
Performed by Charlie Foxx & Inez Foxx (as Charlie & Inez Foxx)
Courtesy of United Artist Records
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A gritty and powerful film
6 January 2000 | by ebhSee all my reviews

Harvey Keitel indeed does his best work here, as lil' Jimmy "Fingers", a prodigy concert pianist turned debt collector, who works for his domineering father. Shot in cruel hues by cinematographer Michael Chapman, and excellently directed by the obsessive James Toback, this film is a rare gem of a find. Even football great Jim Brown has never been better. And you know what, this is one of Jean-Luc Goddard's favourite movies of all time!! Enough said.


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