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Family Prayers

Shiri Appleby as Nina

Directed by Scott M. Rosenfelt
Produced by L. Sugar, B.Sugar & M. Levinson
Written by Steven Ginsberg
Distributed by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Release date January 1, 1993
Genre Drama

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Joe Mantegna as Martin Jacobs
Anne Archer as Rita Jacobs
Julianne Michelle as Fay Jacobs
Gina Hecht as Arlene

Set in 1969 Los Angeles, this movie aims at nostalgia but really is more a depiction of the tragedy of a dysfunctional family. Young Andrew, a 13-year-old male on the brink of manhood, is saddled with a Father who is a compulsive gambler and a Mother who is immersed in constant battle with him because of it. Often desperate for money, their dependence on Andrew’s older sister for money is one more cause of tension and anxiety in an already unhappy household. As Andrew cares for himself and his younger sister, the symbol of his coming of age–his approaching bar-mitzvah–comes to symbolize more than just a rite of passage.

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Trivia and Fun Facts

  • Brittany Murphy has a non-speaking role as one of the girls at the party playing spin the bottle who first kisses Andrew.
  • In year 2005 Gina Hecht played alongside Shiri Appleby in the ABC comedy “Pizza My Heart”.

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