Steve Martin produced, wrote, and starred in this modernized adaptation of the George Eliot novel Silas Marner. Martin is miserly small-town hermit Michael McCann, who hoards his wealth in the form of a rare coin collection. When his coins are stolen, McCann is ruined, but then he discovers an abandoned baby girl on his doorstep. Although he doesn't know it, the girl, whom McCann names Mathilda, is the illegitimate daughter of a prominent local politician, John Newland (Gabriel Byrne). Raising Mathilda has a profound effect on McCann, who emerges from his self-imposed exile and becomes an excellent, creative father. Mathilda grows up to be an intelligent, attractive girl, friendly with Newland and his wife (Laura Linney). When the Newlands learn that they cannot have children, John confesses his secret and embarks on a custody battle with McCann to regain guardianship of his daughter. The location of McCann's long-lost coins has a powerful impact on the proceedings, however. A rather dour and downbeat film, A Simple Twist of Fate lacked the charm and whimsy of Martin's earlier literary adaptation, Roxanne, and did not enjoy that film's box office success.~Karl Williams
What a great movie! The story line is terrific! When this movie first came out, I shied away from it. Because at the time I was, and still is a big action movie fan.... I know some of the musician in this film. So I decided to buy, and watch it. Words cannot explain how much I enjoyed this movie!... This make me want to check and see what similar movies I may have missed.... This is a must watch movie!!!
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Owned for 1 week when reviewed.
Steve martin i think at his best at not playing stupid.