Imaginary Crimes

Synopsis: Coming-of-age story set in the 1950's stars Harvey Keitel as a small-time hustler/dreamer, recently widowed, who tries his best to care for his two daughters, 17-year-old Sonya, and 12-year-old Greta, while Sonya's rapid disulisionment with her father puts her at odds with him more times than nessessary.
Genre: Biography, Drama
Director(s): Anthony Drazan
Production: Warner Home Video
Rotten Tomatoes:
107 min

"Bucking the wind" was Daddy's phrase

for what people had to do together in life.

At times, life is going to be stormy,


And when those winds blow,

you gonna have to plant your little feet...

...lean into it, and buck the wind.

"Bucking the wind" was also daddy's

excuse on a cold winter night...

...for a quick trip to the corner store

to buy another bottle of bourbon.

I came of age when

he took me along.

- How about some ice cream?

- In the snow?

- That's the best time.

- I'll get it.

Good evening, Ray.

What can I do for you?

Carton of vanilla...

...and a fifth of Wild Turkey.

Listen, Vern,

I've been meaning to talk to you.

My partner, Edward Atkins and I

are looking for just a right guy... go into the business

investment of a lifetime.

A man of vision, someone who's

not afraid to step out of the mold.

Take a risk.

Vern, a man such as yourself.

Vern looked like anything

but a man of vision.

What is it this time?


It's a miraculous formula.

A revolutionary new process

which actually enables us... restore the nap

on old and worn serge suits.

There's a fortune to be made here.

Cleaning fluids are the investment

of the future.

- I have to think about it.

- You do that.

Don't take too long.

An opportunity like this

comes along once in a blue moon.

Come on, Sonya.

Let's get home before the ice cream melts.

Wait up!

- That will be $8.50.

- Put it on my tab.

"Give me land, lots of land

Under starry skies above

"Don't fence me in

"Let me ride through the wide

Open country that I love"

Years later, this memory would

always haunt my imagination.


singing in the deserted snowy streets.

Me with the father who had the audacity

to buy ice cream...

...on the coldest night of the year.


Get out of bed this instant.

Come on, rise and shine.

The early bird catches the worm.

We don't want to be late for Edgemont.

Get up. I want to see you up.

- I'm up.

- That's a girl.

- Good morning, sweetie.

- Good morning, Dad.

Greta, make sure Sonya gets out of bed.

Roxie's packing.

She's leaving us the hair dryer.

She's packing?

What did she say?

Not much. She looked kind of mad.

Sonya, I was trying to keep track.

Is Roxie No. 11 or No. 12?

Knock it off, Greta.

- Why?

- Pay me my money.

I'll have the cash by the week's end.

You've been saying that for months. Bye!

Usually an employee gives

the employer a notice.

Goddamn son of a b*tch!

Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

All right, girls. Let's go.

I told you I had a bad feeling about Roxie.

Sonya, you have a bad feeling

about all of them.

Roxie was No. 12, wasn't she?

Now, don't you start.

Sweetheart, you're the family historian.

If you say 12, then 12 it must be.

It was 12.

Dad, about Edgemont...

We've discussed this enough.

A promise is a promise.

Ray Weiler never welshes on a promise.

They're not going to take me

for just one year anyway.

Miss Tate.

It's such a pleasure to finally meet you.

My daughter, Sonya.

I've heard a lot about you over the years.

Oh, really? From whom?

My wife was an Edgemont girl.

Class of '34. Hardly a day went by

without her discussing the school.

And the influence you had on her.

What is your wife's name?

Weiler. Valery Weiler.

Beecham, when she was here.

Beecham. 1934.

Let's see...

Of course I remember Valery.

She was in one of my first classes.

Do ask her to come see me.

I like to see what becomes of our girls.

Valery died eight years ago.

I'm terribly sorry, Sonya.

Thank you.

I promised...

...Valery that I would send

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Kristine Johnson

Kristine Johnson (born June 5, 1972, in Angeles City, Pampanga, Philippines), is a co-anchor at WCBS-TV in New York City, New York, on the 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts with Maurice DuBois. more…

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