A Simple Twist of Fate (1994)




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Steve Martin adapted George Elliot's classic novel Silas Marner into an updated (and infrequently funny) account of a recluse who adopts a young girl.
Comedy , Drama
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Buena Vista Pictures

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Steve Martin
as Michael McCann
Gabriel Byrne
as John Newland
Laura Linney
as Nancy Newland
Catherine O'Hara
as April Simon
Alana Austin
as Mathilda McCann (age 11)
Alyssa Austin
as Mathilda McCann (age 5)
Stephen Baldwin
as Tanny Newland
Byron Jennings
as Keating
Alaina Mobley
as Mathilda McCann (age 3)
Callie Mobley
as Mathilda McCann (age 3)
Victoria Evans
as Mathilda McCann (age 1-1 1/2)
Elizabeth Evans
as Mathilda McCann (age 1-1 1/2)
Tim Ware
as Rob
David Dwyer
as Joe the Bartender
Tom Even
as Dad the Cop
Ed Grady
as Judge Marcus
Amelia Campbell
as Marsha Swanson
Danny Nelson
as Dr. Roberts
Kellen Crosby
as Lawrence (age 1)
Adam Crosby
as Lawrence (age 8)
Chase Conner
as Lawrence (age 5)
Carolyn McCormick
as Elaine McCann
Eric Brooks
as Butler
Leon Lamar
as Stablehand
Shauna Leigh Austin
as DC Teacher
Suzanne Stewart
as Judge's Wife
Muriel Moore
as Mrs. Latham
Boyce Holleman
as 1st Politician
Judson Vaughn
as 2nd Politician
Mary Ann Hagen
as Girl at Polo Game
Afemo Omilami
as Bailiff
Janell McLeod
as Court Stenographer
Mary Ann Hagan
as Girl at Polo Game
Kathrin Nicholson
as TV Reporter
D. Henderson Baker
as TV Cameraman
Mary Nell Santacroce
as Female Social Worker
Ric Reitz
as Male Social Worker
Libby Whittemore
as Playgroup Mom
Scott Higgs
as Summons Server
Pamela Fitch
as Mathilda's Pal
Don Young
as Graveyard Worker
Jon Kohler
as Janitor
Anne Heche
as Car-Crash Victim (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for A Simple Twist of Fate

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (4)

One of Steve Martins most underated performances

April 22, 2005
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

Inconsistent tone. Not quite a drama, definitely not a comedy. But it's not balanced, it's either/or.

August 12, 2003

Good Intentions.....that's about it

September 17, 2002

Dreary, misconceived movie about a man redeemed by the love of a child.

September 5, 2002
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

Proves that the good life cannot be purchased but must be patiently constructed out of love and devotion.

Full Review… | August 23, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

Steve Martin gives a quirky performance that holds interest.

August 15, 2002
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Audience Reviews for A Simple Twist of Fate

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. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


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.


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