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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.


Pat O'Connor


Sue Miller (story), Ken Hixon (screenplay)





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


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 »


Drama | Romance

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Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Film debut of Michael Sutton. See more »


(at around 5 mins) Jaycee and Alice are making out/having sex in the car (a convertible) since Jaycee's mother had told him he couldn't bring her to the house anymore. Immediately after, Jaycee is shown bringing her home in a car which isn't a convertible. See more »


[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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References Wake Me When It's Over (1960) See more »


Little Star
Written by Arthur Venosa & Vito Picone
Performed by The Elegants
Courtesy of MCA Records by arrangement with MCA Special Markets and Products
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Jennifer Connelly... Finally!
12 September 1999 | by walter-17See all my reviews

I rented this movie because it was in the $1 for two nights section at Family Video and I needed something to do with my time over a holiday weekend.

Jennifer Connelly's two "Hi Doug" scenes were worth more than $1 to me. Jennifer Connelly has always played an attractive girl, but this time they let her play a sexy girl. Although she is nearly 30 years old she does a great job.

The guy who plays the super stud in this movie has a great future.

And of course Liv Tyler was great in the the role that she played.

I give Jennifer Connelly a 10, the story an 8, but the boring narrator brought the movie down to a 7/10.

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4 April 1997 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,301,138, 6 April 1997

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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