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Commandments (1997)

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His wife dies, his house destroyed, gets fired and his dog struck by lightning, when he shouts "Why?" at God. He decides to break all ten commandments. He moves in with his sister-in-law and cheating reporter husband.

Director:

Daniel Taplitz

Writer:

Daniel Taplitz
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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 ... 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 ... 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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A comedy that breaks the rules. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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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

Seth: I have a question to put to the congregation, if you don't mind, Rabbi. Is God willing to prevent evil, but just not able? Then, he can't be omnipotent, right. Or is he able, but not willing? Then he must be malevolent. Or, is he neither able nor willing? In which case, why do we call him "God"? Why indeed? Why?
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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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Disappointing.
24 June 2003 | by gridoonSee all my reviews

The idea (a man thinks he has been targeted for suffering by God, so he decides to get his revenge by breaking the Ten Commandments one by one) is intriguing. It's so intriguing, in fact, that this was one of the very rare instances where I happened to rent a film without having heard a single thing about it beforehand, based solely on the plot synopsis on the video cover instead. Unfortunately the film turned out to be a messy talkathon. It is certainly offbeat and beautifully photographed, but it seems to lack a clear sense of direction, of where it is going and what point it is trying to make, and the characters are not sufficiently developed. The writer-director of this film poses thought-provoking, eternal theological questions ("If God is able but unwilling to prevent evil, isn't it logical to assume He is malevolent?"), but perhaps lacks the courage to follow his premise through to the end. (**)


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 May 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Commandments See more »

Filming Locations:

Montauk, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$312,437, 4 May 1997

Gross USA:

$548,561

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$548,561
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DTS

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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