Inventing the Abbotts

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Overview

The lives of two closely linked, small town Illinois families dangerously intersect in this domestic drama set in the 1950s, based on a short story by Sue Miller and directed by Pat O'Connor. Though they are from the wrong side of the tracks, the working class brothers Jacey Billy Crudup and Doug Holt Joaquin Phoenix are in love with the wealthy and beautiful Abbott sisters. Shy and quiet Doug, who worships his womanizing brother, has eyes for the iconoclastic Pam Liv Tyler, but Jacey's affections are more ...
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Overview

The lives of two closely linked, small town Illinois families dangerously intersect in this domestic drama set in the 1950s, based on a short story by Sue Miller and directed by Pat O'Connor. Though they are from the wrong side of the tracks, the working class brothers Jacey Billy Crudup and Doug Holt Joaquin Phoenix are in love with the wealthy and beautiful Abbott sisters. Shy and quiet Doug, who worships his womanizing brother, has eyes for the iconoclastic Pam Liv Tyler, but Jacey's affections are more calculating; he's interested in whichever Abbott sister is interested in him. At first, this is Eleanor Jennifer Connelly, the "wild" sister, but eventually Jacey sets his sights on the divorced oldest sister, Alice Joanna Going. For Jacey, his conquest of the Abbotts is a form of economic revenge, as he believes that the head of the family, Lloyd Will Patton, stole a patent that made him rich from the Holts' late father. When he's eventually revealed as an embittered cad, Jacey's mistreatment of the Abbott girls makes the genuine affection between Doug and Pam impossible for either family to accept.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Matthew Tobey
In this romantic coming-of-age story, director Pat O'Connor returns to territory previously explored in his film Circle of Friends, this time moving the action from Ireland to Illinois. Focusing on two very different families in the same town, the film uses the characters to not only explore the romantic tendancies of young adults, but also class differences in the American 1950's. The story is simple, with no more twists and turns than it needs to establish the mood and get its point across. It's the cast that really makes the movie work though. Each of the principals -- Billy Crudup, Joaquin Phoenix, Liv Tyler, Jennifer Connelly, Joanna Going, Will Patton, and Kathy Baker -- is among Hollywood's most capable and subtle performers, and they do not disappoint, making Inventing the Abbotts an actors' film whether it wants to be or not. Deliberately paced, the film might turn off the impatient viewer, but for those willing to give it a chance, an affecting story and rich characters await.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/1/2013
  • UPC: 013132610016
  • Original Release: 1997
  • Rating:

  • Source: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Color
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:52:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 17,638

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Joaquin Phoenix Doug Holt
Billy Crudup Jacey Holt
Liv Tyler Pamela Abbott
Will Patton Lloyd Abbott
Kathy Baker Helen Holt
Jennifer Connelly Eleanor Abbott
Joanna Going Alice Abbott
Barbara Williams Joan Abbott
Technical Credits
Pat O'Connor Director
Kenneth MacMillan Cinematographer
John Pritchett Sound/Sound Designer
Jack Cummins Executive Producer
Brian Grazer Producer
Ken Hixon Screenwriter
Ron Howard Producer
Michael Kamen Songwriter
Ray Lovejoy Editor
Janet Meyers Producer
Kathryn Peters Set Decoration/Design
Aggie Guerard Rodgers Costumes/Costume Designer
Gary Frutkoff Production Designer
Vincent Agostino Asst. Director
Karen Kehela Executive Producer
William V. Ryder Art Director
Sue Miller Source Author
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Inventing the Abbotts
1. Chapter 1 [10:01]
2. Chapter 2 [9:54]
3. Chapter 3 [10:25]
4. Chapter 4 [9:06]
5. Chapter 5 [8:38]
6. Chapter 6 [11:33]
7. Chapter 7 [10:22]
8. Chapter 8 [9:20]
9. Chapter 9 [9:51]
10. Chapter 10 [13:15]
11. Chapter 11 [4:24]
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  • Posted January 1, 2013

    This movie is perfect. The writing is succinct and a model, I th

    This movie is perfect. The writing is succinct and a model, I think, for screenwriters and other writers, too. It's completely entertaining, the performances spot on, and the story easily adaptable to contemporary times.  I think this is a great case study for screenplays and stories in general. It will remain on the top ten list of my favorite films.

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