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The Myth of Fingerprints (1997)




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A family is torn between their need to air out their dirty laundry and their habit of sweeping things under the rug in this emotional drama. Hal (Roy Scheider) and Lena (Blythe Danner) are a successful but emotionally frosty New England couple whose four adult children are coming home for Thanksgiving. Strapping Jake (Michael Vartan) brings along his new girlfriend Margaret (Hope Davis), but while her affection for him is obvious, he's not sure how he feels about her. Mia (Julianne Moore), an alternately reserved and sexually ravenous art gallery worker, also brings her current lover, the nervous and unstable Elliot (Brian Kerwin). Leigh (Laurel Holloman) seems happier and better adjusted than her siblings, but she still hasn't resolved her long-standing rivalry with Mia. And Warren (Noah Wyle), who hasn't seen his parents for three years, has a bitter grudge against his father and hasn't been able to get his former girlfriend Daphne (Arija Bareikis) out of his mind. Co-star Noah Wyle also served as associate producer.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language, sex)
Genre: Drama
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Written By: Bart Freundlich
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On DVD: May 9, 2000
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


Hope Davis
as Margaret
James LeGros
as Cezanne
Noah Wyle
as Warren
Randee Allen
as Waitress
Justin Barreto
as Young Jake
Nicholas Bourgeois
as Young Warren
Tom Cumler
as Man at Train Station
Kelsey Gunn
as Young Leigh
Polly Pelletier
as Young Mia
Pamela Polhemus
as Bookstore Woman
Michael Rupert
as Warren's Psychiatris...
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Critic Reviews for The Myth of Fingerprints

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (15)

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Detroit News
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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Full Review… | June 1, 1997
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Audience Reviews for The Myth of Fingerprints

somber and overreaching but well acted

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

An indie film trying too hard to be too indie? Perhaps but I found the performances to be compelling. It's nice to see Roy Scheider involved in something that doesn't involve the ocean or a large fish.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

A little known gem of a movie, with exceptional performances from its ensemble cast (particularly Julianne Moore and Noah Wyle). The storyline hardly sounds like gripping stuff - an extended family reunites for the Thanksgiving holidays, and have to confront each other and their secrets - but it's expertly done and very well photographed and edited. Definitely worth a look.

Daniel Parsons

Super Reviewer

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