Jimmy Angelelli (Harvey Keitel) wants to be a concert pianist. Jimmy's dad, Ben Angelelli (Michael V. Gazzo), wants his son to go into the family business. So far, so banal. But the "family business" depicted in Fingers is organized crime, and therein lies the film's perverse appeal. Fingers represents the directorial debut of screenwriter James Toback, who also wrote the script. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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This 90 minute masterpiece has all the elements of a fascinating character study and writer-director James Toback never draws a single cliche. Harvey Keitel is at his best in fleshing out a individual who's more humane than any other. Whether you like him or not, he is who he is and he dares himself to take on challenges no one else can. And it leaves behind a terrific finale.
Ugh. Cheesy, cheesy script. So poorly written that we just couldn't watch the whole thing. So unless the last half was written by a completely different person, I'm sure this movie isn't worth getting.
3 1/2 to 4 stars with an asterisk. Not for all tastes. Disturbing themes and behavior. Not a feel good movie, but quite offbeat and well-acted. Early Harvey Keitel who excels at playing twisted roles. It takes the mundane and twists it into the bizarre: career, family, love.