The Substance of Fire Movie Review 1996

Information and Film Reviews for The Substance of Fire the Movie

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Publisher Isaac Geldhart (Rifkin) is an autocrat in both his business and his personal life, which may be why he's having so much trouble with both. A Holocaust survivor, Geldhart's obsessive about publishing a lavish four-volume history of Nazi medical experiments that will bankrupt the family firm. So his children wind up ousting him from the company and Isaac slowly slips over the edge into madness. Very King Lear, with an astonishing performance by Rifkin who also played the character in Baitz's 1991 Off-Broadway play.


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Available on VHS
Running time 100 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Family Ties, Adapted from a Play, New York, New York, Judaism, The Holocaust, Sanity Check
Jon Robin Baitz
Ron Rifkin, Tony Goldwyn, Timothy Hutton, Sarah Jessica Parker, Ronny Graham, Elizabeth Franz, Gil Bellows
Robert Yeoman
Daniel Sullivan
Joseph Vitarelli
Randy Finch, Ron Kastner, Miramax Films

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