Keeping the Faith

Keeping the Faith

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Director: Edward Norton, Ben Stiller, Jenna Elfman, Anne Bancroft

Cast: Edward Norton, Ben Stiller, Jenna Elfman, Anne Bancroft

     
 

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Actor Edward Norton debuts as a director with this comedy-drama about love, friendship, and faith. Priest Brian Finn (Norton) and rabbi Jacob Schram (Ben Stiller) have known each other since childhood. When Anna Reilly (Jenna Elfman), whom they both knew as children, returns to New York, both men find themselves infatuated with her, sparking both rivalry and personal

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Actor Edward Norton debuts as a director with this comedy-drama about love, friendship, and faith. Priest Brian Finn (Norton) and rabbi Jacob Schram (Ben Stiller) have known each other since childhood. When Anna Reilly (Jenna Elfman), whom they both knew as children, returns to New York, both men find themselves infatuated with her, sparking both rivalry and personal dilemmas: Brian has taken a vow of celibacy, and Jacob is allowed to marry only within his faith. Award-winning director Milos Forman appears in the supporting cast, alongside Anne Bancroft, Ron Rifkin, and Eli Wallach; the screenplay marks the debut of writer Stuart Blumberg, whom Norton met when they were both undergraduates at Yale.

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All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
The directorial debut of actor Edward Norton, the bracing comedy Keeping the Faith unfolds like nothing so much as the film Woody Allen would be making if he were a forty-years-younger member of Generation X. Playing to the acting strengths of Norton and co-stars Ben Stiller and Jenna Elfman, the script by Stuart Blumberg manages to create all of the necessary tension and conflict to keep its story moving at a brisk pace, but attempts something refreshingly different with its tale built on a barroom joke premise ("a priest and a rabbi fall in love with the same girl. . ."). The characters in Keeping the Faith are mature and intelligent, never reacting to their romantic predicament with the sort of overblown, phony dramatics expected from a high-concept Hollywood entertainment, each attempting to reasonably navigate the entanglement. Unexpected but delightful as well is the inclusion of several older supporting players (portrayed with assured dexterity by veterans Ron Rifkin, Eli Wallach, Milos Forman, and Anne Bancroft), who act as counselors, mentors, and sounding boards for the exuberant but inexperienced younger stars. Keeping the Faith is a thoughtful, charming depiction of reason and sportsmanship in interpersonal relationships, which is rarely (if ever) depicted in a cinema where the name of the game is action and violence.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/10/2001
UPC:
0786936146790
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Walt Disney Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Edward Norton Brian Finn
Ben Stiller Jacob Schram
Jenna Elfman Anna Reilly
Anne Bancroft Ruth
Eli Wallach Rabbi Lewis
Ron Rifkin Larry Friedman
Milos Forman Father Havel
Holland Taylor Bonnie Rose
Lisa Edelstein Ali Decker
Rena Sofer Rachel Rose
Ken Leung Don
Brian George Indian bartender

Technical Credits
Edward Norton Director,Producer
Gary Barber Executive Producer
Elmer Bernstein Score Composer
Roger Birnbaum Executive Producer
Stuart Blumberg Producer,Screenwriter
Malcolm Campbell Editor
Mark Cotone Asst. Director
Jonathan Glickman Executive Producer
Michael Kaplan Costumes/Costume Designer
Avy Kaufman Casting
Howard W. Koch Producer
Howard W. Koch Producer
Anastas Michos Cinematographer
Tom Nelson Sound/Sound Designer
Leslie Rollins Set Decoration/Design
Chris Shriver Art Director
Wynn P. Thomas Production Designer

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Keeping the Faith 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw this movie for the first time the other day and will definitely add it to my DVD library. Edward Norton was wonderful as the young priest and Ben Stiller, I can't say enough about him. Absolutely wonderful. Jenna Elfin was fantastic and the 3 characters just seemed to mesh so well. I didn't know the Edward Norton directed the movie. If this was his first, he did a great job. If you haven't seen it, definitely rent or buy it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For a good laugh, please see the previous review by ''Vanden52701''; his/her comments about ''direct sin'' are just hilarious! Perhaps he/she should stick to watching cartoons and other programs that don't have complicated ''adult'' problems like this film does.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I went into this movie open minded and I hoped that I wouldn¿t be making a bad decision. The movie was about a Rabbi and a Catholic Priest who are best friends. Their child friend comes back and they both fall in love with her. The start to the movie was ok, nothing came right out and bit me, and the plot wasn¿t overly interesting. The characters were really half cooked and you really didn¿t have a strong connection with any one of them. Just as I was getting into the funk of a `C¿ movie one of the characters slept with the girl. This to me was a sad excuse of trying to adapt religious figures to a `modern¿ way of life. To most people this probably didn¿t offend them, but I have a great respect of those who are religious officials and to have one of them commit a direct sin like that I found to be both unlikely and offensive. The movie does have a somewhat redeeming ending, but nothing that could cancel out the actions previously stated. All in all the plot was thick but pointless and the acting was average.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw this movie in the theaters when it first came out, and I haven't seen it since. The other day though I remembered it and now I am going to buy it tomorrow! The movie is great, I hadn't realised before that Edward Norton was also the director, but his debut produced a really high quality movie. Ben Stiller, Edward Norton, and Jenna Elfman were an excellent cast, and I loved the bit about her Cellular Phone! That's exactly how I feel about my phone. (You'll know what I'm talking about when you see it) This movie is well worth your time, not many movies can make religion funny, but I think it was respectful and funny at the same time. I can't wait to get it!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is SOOO good! It's really funny, everyone who sees it will love it! The punchlines keep coming, it will crack you up!
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a great directorial debut for Norton!! The movie is a WONDERFUL romantic comedy with wonderful performances. Elfman at her best!! The movie is Not offensive in the religious areas; and it is very sweet and funny! A personal fave.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
''Keeping the Faith'' is one of my all-time favorite movie...There is no one in the world who couldn't like a movie like this one. The chemistry between Jenna Elfman, Edward Norton, and Ben Stiller is amazing. ''Keeping the Faith'' is extremely clever and witty throughout the film. These three should pair up again and make an equally appealing and touching romantic comedy again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Give this one a chance when you're in the mood for a good romantic comedy. I really enjoyed it...a real ''feel good'' movie with some very clever laugh lines.