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A Simple Twist of Fate (1994)

PG-13 | | Drama, Comedy | 2 September 1994 (USA)
His life was emotionally closed off from the world, until an orphaned baby showed up at his house.

Director:

Gillies MacKinnon

Writers:

George Eliot (novel), Steve Martin
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Martin ... Michael McCann
Gabriel Byrne ... John Newland
Laura Linney ... Nancy Lambert Newland
Catherine O'Hara ... April Simon
Alana Austin ... Mathilda McCann - Age 10
Alyssa Austin ... Mathilda McCann - Age 5
Alaina Mobley Alaina Mobley ... Mathilda McCann - Age 3
Callie Mobley Callie Mobley ... Mathilda McCann - Age 3
Victoria Evans Victoria Evans ... Mathilda McCann - Age 1
Elizabeth Evans Elizabeth Evans ... Mathilda McCann - Age 1
Stephen Baldwin ... Tanny Newland
Byron Jennings ... Keating
Michael Des Barres ... Bryce (as Michael des Barres)
Tim Ware ... Rob
David Dwyer ... Joe the Bartender
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Storyline

Michael McCann is a man who feels totally betrayed by the world, after his wife revealed to him that their child was not his. A few years after his break-up we find him living alone in a small town. But, everything in his miserable life changes when he adopts a little girl whose mother died outside his house. After several years, the real father returns to claim the girl from Michael, thinking that she will be an advantage for his political career. Written by Chris Makrozahopoulos <makzax@hotmail.com>

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girl | gold | secret | miser | baby | See All (65) »

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A twist of fate brought them something wonderful... Each other!

Genres:

Drama | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for a drug-related situation | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 September 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Igra sudbine See more »

Filming Locations:

Conyers, Georgia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,404,904, 5 September 1994

Gross USA:

$3,430,583

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,430,583
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Touchstone Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

A potentially real (not 555 prefix) phone number with area code 910 was given in the movie. Not long after the movie was made, this area code was established for then central, now southeastern North Carolina. See more »

Goofs

The shadow of a boom mic is visible above Mathilda's mom, when Mathilda begins to cry. See more »

Quotes

Michael McCann: I was thinking I'd call her Mathilda
Mrs. Simon: I will give you the deed to my house not to call her that.
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Soundtracks

Sonata No. 3 In C Major
Written by Franz Joseph Haydn
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A Wonderful Touching Movie
10 July 2001 | by Lysa_and_RickSee all my reviews

This movie is one of the best that Steve Martin has done. The only people who wouldn't like this movie would have to be fans of Martin from The Jerk and The Man With Two Brains, neither of which movie I enjoy in the slightest. Thank the heavens that Mr. Martin broke out of his stereotype, and showed us he can REALLY act. Coming a long way from his thankfully bygone days as the Jerk, Martin shows us his tender side, in a touching portrayal of a bitter hermit saved by the love of an orphan child. While it was not the laugh a minute comedy I was mislead to expect by the promotions for this movie, I still enjoyed every moment of it. Warm, sad, happy, and wistfully funny, it's a movie that can be watched many times and not lose its magic. And the Austin sisters who portray Mathilda at 5 and 11 are absolutely wonderful, and are a perfect fit with Martin.


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