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R| 1 hr. 41 min.

Plot Summary
A dictatorial New York publishing magnate (Ron Rifkin) goes into decline after his heirs rebel and take over his company.

Cast: Ron Rifkin , Sarah Jessica Parker , Tony Goldwyn , Timothy Hutton , Ronny Graham , Elizabeth Franz , David S. Howard , Benjamin Ungar

Director: Daniel Sullivan

Genres: Drama

The Substance Of Fire (1996)

Release Date: December 6th, 1996|1 hr. 41 min.

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  • 50
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    First-time film director Sullivan draws good performances from Goldwyn, Hutton and Parker, as well as Debra Monk, Elizabeth Franz and Eric Bogosian in minor roles. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The film, directed by Daniel Sullivan, is brave, I think, to offer us a complicated scenario without an easy moral compass. show more

  • 63
    TV Guide

    Daniel Sullivan's earnest adaptation of Jon Robin Baitz's play is worth seeing for Ron Rifkin's performance alone. show more

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