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Inventing the Abbotts Details


The lives of two closely linked, small town Illinois families dangerously intersect in this domestic drama set in the 1950s, based on a short story by Sue Miller and directed by Pat O'Connor. Though they are from the wrong side of the tracks, the working class brothers Jacey (Billy Crudup) and Doug Holt (Joaquin Phoenix) are in love with the wealthy and beautiful Abbott sisters. Shy and quiet Doug, who worships his womanizing brother, has eyes for the iconoclastic Pam (Liv Tyler), but Jacey's affections are more calculating; he's interested in whichever Abbott sister is interested in him. At first, this is Eleanor (Jennifer Connelly), the "wild" sister, but eventually Jacey sets his sights on the divorced oldest sister, Alice (Joanna Going). For Jacey, his conquest of the Abbotts is a form of economic revenge, as he believes that the head of the family, Lloyd (Will Patton), stole a patent that made him rich from the Holts' late father. When he's eventually revealed as an embittered cad, Jacey's mistreatment of the Abbott girls makes the genuine affection between Doug and Pam impossible for either family to accept. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi


Joaquin Phoenix
as Doug Holt
Billy Crudup
as Jacey Holt
Liv Tyler
as Pamela Abbott
Will Patton
as Lloyd Abbott
Kathy Baker
as Helen Holt
Jennifer Connelly
as Eleanor Abbott
Joanna Going
as Alice Abbott
Barbara Williams
as Joan Abbott


Pat O'Connor
Brian Grazer
Janet Meyers
Ron Howard
Ken Hixon
Michael Kamen
Composer (Music Score)
Michael Kamen
Ray Lovejoy
Gary Frutkoff
Production Designer
William V. Ryder
Art Director
Jack Cummins
Executive Producer
Kathryn Peters
Set Designer
Aggie Guerard Rodgers
Costume Designer
Vincent Agostino
First Assistant Director