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directed by James Toback
USA 1978

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.


Harvey Keitel plays a piano virtuoso with a twisted second job - he's the muscle man who 'collects' on his mob father's debts. Of course, this creates an internal struggle between the artist's commitments to his father and his love of music.


Jimmy Fingers (Harvey Keitel) lives in two worlds. In one, he’s a supremely talented pianist with Carnegie Hall aspirations. In the other, he’s a brutal collector who violently squeezes anyone who reneges on debts owed his mobbish, loan-shark father. Jimmy is a house divided. His dual life will come crashing in on him. As in Taxi Driver, Reservoir Dogs, and Pulp Fiction, Keitel inhabits a seamy underbelly of existence in Fingers. James Toback (Bugsy) writes and directs, infusing this cult classic with vivid New York locations and volatile psychosexual dislocation. This Entertainment Weekly choice as 'One of the 25 Greatest Mob Movies Ever' features Jim Brown, Danny Aiello and future The Sopranos costars Dominic Chianese and Anthony Sirico. Fingers has talent and impact in its grasp.


Theatrical Premiere: March 2nd, 1978


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DVD Review: Warner Home Video (Warner Archive Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC

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Warner Home Video

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:29:54

1.78:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.71 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio Dolby Digital 22.0 (English), DUB: Dolby Digital 22.0 (French)
Subtitles English, French, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• Commentary by James Toback

• Fingers: A Conversation About Independent Film" with Harvey Keitel and James Toback (5:46)

• Theatrical Trailer (3:24)

• Cast and Crew text screens

DVD Release Date: April 21st, 2010
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Fingers is an interesting Indie debut film by James Toback (Tyson). I immediately recognized the director's screenplay used in The Beat That My Heart Skipped, which duplicates this story in many ways. It is a unique tragedy fused with musical art. Wonderfully performed and realized.

It appears to be a duplicate of Warner's 2002 DVD - an so advances upon their usual bare-bones MoD (Made-on-Demand) status. It's single-layered with a modest bitrate and progressive in the slightly bastardized 1.78:1 aspect ratio. It looks very good with excellent contrast and deep colors. Detail is at the high-end and there are many instances of depth. It looks better-than-average that usual as compared to a usual Warner Archive transfer. 

The mono sound is decent and supportive if very flat. We get a lot of Jimmy Fingers' penchant for 50's and 60's music including Jerry Vale, Charlie & Inez Foxx's Mockingbird, The Chiffons, Jan & Dean and The Drifters. There is an optional French DUB and subtitles offered in English and French on the region FREE SD disc.

We get some great extras including a commentary by director/writer James Toback and no one knows the film like he does. There is also a short (5-minute) conversation about Independent Film" with Harvey Keitel and James Toback - although I wish this was longer. There is also a theatrical trailer and some superfluous 'Cast and Crew' filmography text screens.

I really enjoyed Fingers - loved the young Keitel and found the story was fascinating although somewhat deliberately paced. With the added value of the commentary and short 'conversation' - it makes for an easy recommendation!  

  - Gary Tooze



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