Inventing the Abbotts Poster

Release Date: 1997

DVD Release Date: March 13th, 2001

R|1 hr 50 min

Plot Summary
In the 1950s, brothers Jacey (Billy Crudup) and Doug Holt (Joaquin Phoenix), who come from the poorer side of their sleepy Midwestern town, vie for the affections of the wealthy, lovely Abbott sisters. Lady-killer Jacey alternates between Eleanor (Jennifer Connelly) and Alice (Joanna Going), wanting simply to break the hearts of rich young women. But sensitive Doug has a real romance with Pamela (Liv Tyler), which Jacey and the Abbott patriarch, Lloyd (Will Patton), both frown upon.

Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Billy Crudup, Liv Tyler, Will Patton, Kathy Baker, Jennifer Connelly, Joanna Going, Barbara Williams

Director: Pat O'Connor

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Fox 2000 Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox, Imagine Entertainment

Keywords: 1950s, Passionate, Small town, Growing up, Father, Rivalry, Forbidden love, Brother, Love triangle, Sister

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Inventing the Abbotts has the cast and characters to be something special; the script just isn't ambitious enough. show more

  • The film belongs to Phoenix ("To Die For"), who is terrific. He has the gift, shared with his late brother, River, of conveying emotions without pushing them at you. The delicacy of his scenes with Tyler lets you enjoy the film for what it truly is: a heartbreaker. show more

  • The veteran Baker anchors the proceedings, and you would like to see more of her character. show more

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