A Simple Twist of Fate 1994

A Simple Twist of Fate

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Small-town recluse Michael McCann (Steve Martin) lives an isolated existence until unusual events pull him out of his shell. After his beloved coin collection is stolen, an orphaned toddler suddenly appears at his house. Unknown to Michael, who adopts the little girl, she is the illegitimate child of local politician John Newland (Gabriel Byrne), who keeps his secret to protect his reputation. Later, however, Newland decides to go public with his revelation, leading to a custody battle.

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  • Apr 14, 2016
    Executive produced and written by Martin what else would this be but a star turn vehicle for Martin? Whatever the case, what is finally delivered is quality family entertainment w/o pandering to anyone's intellect. Beginning with the cast listing: mucho big guns, and everyone gets their turn in front of the camera. Very nearly an anti-box office movie, like they planned from the jump to create something families would embrace w/o anyone wearing a cape. A classic.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Aug 07, 2011
    a simple story but ultimately misses. the whole concept doesn't sit well and some of the undertones are quite dark
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Jun 25, 2011
    A moving and entertaining film. A Simple Twist of Fate, nevertheless is not the best of Steve Martin.
    Lucas M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 02, 2009
    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.

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