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Crooked Hearts (1991)

How the discovery of a father's affair affects each member of his family.

Director:

Michael Bortman

Writers:

Robert Boswell (novel), Michael Bortman (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Berg ... Tom (as Pete Berg)
Vincent D'Onofrio ... Charley
Noah Wyle ... Ask
Peter Coyote ... Edward
Cindy Pickett ... Jill
Juliette Lewis ... Cassie
Jennifer Jason Leigh ... Marriet Hoffman
Wendy Gazelle Wendy Gazelle ... Eileen
Marg Helgenberger ... Jennetta
Deanna Milligan ... Julie (as Deanna Jean Milligan)
Sacha Moiseiwitsch Sacha Moiseiwitsch ... Bonita (as Sasha Moisewitsch)
Joshua Jackson ... Tom (11 years)
Ryan Jorgenson Ryan Jorgenson ... Ask (9 years)
Ian Tracey ... Limber Watkins
Vincent Gale ... Charley's Friend
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Storyline

A young man leaves college and re-enters life with his dysfunctional family. Slowly, long-buried secrets involving their father are unraveled and the animosities between the father and older brother are revealed. As the past is revealed, new tragedies pulls the family together at last. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and a scene of sensuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 September 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crooked Hearts See more »

Filming Locations:

British Columbia, Canada

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$30,964

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$30,964
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Film debut of Joshua Jackson. See more »

Quotes

Charley: This family's like a drug, and we're all junkies.
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Soundtracks

Ain't Got No Home
Written by Clarence 'Frogman' Henry (as Clarence Henry)
Performed by Clarence 'Frogman' Henry
Courtesy of MCA Records
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dysfunctional family drama
28 October 2018 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

As a young boy, Tom admires his older brother Charley (Vincent D'Onofrio). He follows him to the local diner hangout. Charley talks to Tom's crush waitress Jennetta. She tells them that she's willing to wait for their father (Peter Coyote) to settle matters. Some years later, Tom (Peter Berg) drops out of Berkley to go home. Ask (Noah Wyle), Charley, and Cassie (Juliette Lewis) are still living at home with mom (Cindy Pickett) and dad. Charley is bitter to escape but can't pull away from the gravity of the family. Tom dates Marriet Hoffman (Jennifer Jason Leigh) who is equally adrift in the world after leaving L.A. The family is slowly imploding from everybody's secrets.

This is one dysfunctional family. I like everyone in this cast although this may not be their most impressive performances. I was feeling this movie for the first half until the fire. I like the fire but the fire should be the climax. It can't get more climatic than the fire. The stuff after the fire is the family chasing their own tales. This family is not getting fixed without a healthy dose of psychotherapy. They need a cleansing fight to finish off the story so that they can start anew. It just drags on too long.


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