Keeping the Faith (2000)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Edward Norton Father Brian Finn
Ben Stiller Rabbi Jake Schram
Jenna Elfman Anna Riley
Anne Bancroft Ruth Schram
Eli Wallach Rabbi Ben Lewis
Ron Rifkin Larry Friedman
Milos Forman Father Havel
Holland Taylor Bonnie Rose
Lisa Edelstein Ali Decker
Rena Sofer Rachel Rose
Ken Leung Don
Brian George Paulie Chopra
Catherine Lloyd Burns Debbie
Susie Essman Ellen Friedman
Stuart Blumberg Len
Sam Goldberg Teenage Jake Schram
Blythe Auffarth Teenage Anna Riley
Michael Roman Teenage Brian Finn
Jonathan Randell Silver Alan Klein
Brian Anthony Wilson T-Bone
Juan Piedrahita Omar
Kelly Deadmon Woman in Bar
Raphael M.A. Frieder Cantor
Bodhi Elfman Howard the Casanova
Christopher Gardner Basketball Kid #1
Santi Formosa Basketball Kid #2
Francine Beers Greta Mussbaum
Rena Blumberg Chaya
Ellen Hauptman Roz Lentz
Liz Larsen Leslie
Matt Winston Matt
Nelson Avidon Joel
David Wain Steve Posner
Donna Hanover Confessional Woman #1
Wai Ching Ho Confessional Woman #2
Howard Greller Doctor
Brenda Denmark Nurse (as Brenda Thomas Denmark)
Marilyn Cooper 'Don't Walk' Lady
Hawk Koch Rabbinical Professor
Craig Castaldo Radio Man (as Radio Man)
Movie Details
Genre Comedy; Drama; Romance
Director Edward Norton
Producer Stuart Blumberg; Hawk Koch; Edward Norton
Writer Stuart Blumberg
Studio Vista Pictures
Language English
Audience Rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Running Time 128 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Keeping the Faith, Edward Norton's directorial debut, centers on Jake (Ben Stiller) and Brian (Norton), a rabbi and a priest who've been best friends since childhood. Both find their callings and grow into strong spiritual leaders for their community. The clever and occasionally slapstick comedy as Jake and Ben find their places in the religious community is precisely timed, and the film begins with a bang. Yet when childhood friend Anna (Jenna Elfman)--the perfect woman, a cross between "Jonny Quest and Tatum O'Neal"--finds them after all these years, both men fall for the stunning woman who is married to her career and her vibrating cell phone. But what starts as the making of a great joke (of course, the priest is sworn to celibacy and there's not much of a market for a rabbi married to a gentile) turns into a somewhat mawkish romance with mixed messages about the meaning of faith and the power of love. When Anna and Jake secretly begin a tryst, "just for fun," they of course fall in love, which is where the movie begins to unravel, as Anna is oblivious to the turmoil Jake might be feeling in having to choose between his faith and her. Jake turns into a total schmuck, Brian into a drunken idiot, and every secondary character becomes a clichéd stereotype, right down to the yentas in the synagogue and the kindly mentor (director Milos Forman) who guides Brian. However, despite the muck, Norton is surprisingly sympathetic and Elfman is an adorable heroine who helps bring some shining, fun moments to a mediocre film. --Jenny Brown
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 173
In Collection Yes
Owner David Cowley
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Layers Single side, Dual layer
UPC 717951010582
Chapters 32
Release Date 2002
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Widescreen Dolby
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