A Simple Twist of Fate (1994)

A Simple Twist of Fate


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The story for this touching, adult drama was adapted from novelist George Eliot's classic 19th-century story Silas Mariner. Michael McCann is a recently divorced furniture maker who left his wife after she became pregnant during an affair. McCann is bitter, but finds renewed joy and purpose in his life when a baby girl is abandoned at his doorstep. He willingly becomes the girl's step-father. The child's real father is the wealthy, politically ambitious John Newland, who is viewed as a model of … More

Rating: PG-13
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Steve Martin
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 6, 2003


as Michael McCann

as John Newland

as Nancy Newland

as April Simon

as Mathilda McCann (age...

as Mathilda McCann (age...

as Tanny Newland

as Mathilda McCann (age...

as Mathilda McCann (age...

as Mathilda McCann (age...

as Mathilda McCann (age...

as Joe the Bartender

as Dad the Cop

as Judge Marcus

as Marsha Swanson

as Dr. Roberts

as Lawrence (age 1)

as Lawrence (age 8)

as Lawrence (age 5)

as Elaine McCann

as Stablehand

as Judge's Wife

as Mrs. Latham

as 1st Politician

as 2nd Politician

as Girl at Polo Game

as Court Stenographer

as Girl at Polo Game

as TV Reporter

as TV Cameraman

as Female Social Worker

as Male Social Worker

as Playgroup Mom

as Summons Server

as Mathilda's Pal

as Graveyard Worker

as Janitor

as Car-Crash Victim (un...
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Critic Reviews for A Simple Twist of Fate

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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Entertainment Weekly
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Time Out
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Audience Reviews for A Simple Twist of Fate


A moving and entertaining film. A Simple Twist of Fate, nevertheless is not the best of Steve Martin.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

This movie is about a man named Michael McCann (Steve Martin) who lives a lonely simple life. That is, until he finds an abandoned little girl on his doorstep. From there he goes on to adopt the young girl. But a custody battle erupts a couple years later. But of course it turns into a battle of money, which McCann doesn't have a lot of.
This movie was very heart warming. Not a comedy as most films done by Martin. He plays a dramatic role,and it is refreshing. Loved this movie. Pulls on the heart strings. It shows you that any man can be a loving father to a child without actually being related. The little girl in this movie was so cute, and was such great little actress.
Definitely a movie to see.


Super Reviewer


Steve Martin makes a wonderful performance in this effective tale of a man who all but cuts himself off from the world after he discovers that the child his wife is about to have is not his. Then, a baby is left on his doorstep.

Dean McKenna

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