The Myth of Fingerprints

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The Myth of Fingerprints
Poster of the movie The Myth of Fingerprints.jpg
Directed by Bart Freundlich
Produced by Bart Freundlich
Tim Perell
Mary Jane Skalski
James Schamus
Written by Bart Freundlich
Music by David Bridie
John Phillips
Cinematography Stephen Kazmierski
Edited by Ken J. Sackerham
Kate Williams
Distributed by Sony Pictures Classics
Release date
  • September 17, 1997 (1997-09-17)
Running time
93 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $2 million
Box office $458,815[1]

The Myth of Fingerprints is a 1997 American film drama written and directed by Bart Freundlich. It stars Blythe Danner, Roy Scheider, Noah Wyle, and Julianne Moore (who later became Freundlich's wife).[2]

The film is named after the song "All Around the World or the Myth of Fingerprints" by Paul Simon, featured on his 1986 album Graceland. The song is concerned with dispelling the "myth" that people are different the world over:[citation needed] "I've seen them all, and, man, they're all the same."


When a dysfunctional family gathers for Thanksgiving at their New England home, past demons reveal themselves as one son returns for the first time in three years.



Set in New England, the film was shot in Andover, Bethel, and Waterville, Maine (Colby College).


  1. ^ The Myth of Fingerprints at Box Office Mojo
  2. ^ Stephen Holden (1997-09-17). "A Family as the Thanksgiving Turkey". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 

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