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The Assistant (1997)

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Release Date
 USA: Nov 9, 1997

Running Time
1 hour, 56 minutes

Country Canada, UK

Studio Cinepix, Handmade Films, Miracle Pictures, Paragon Entertainment, Telefilm Canada

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• The Assistant



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Genre: Drama, Period Piece, Thieves, Love

Plot: Director Daniel Petrie's powerful drama, based on Bernard Malamud's 1957 novel, is set in Brooklyn during the Great Depression. Gil Bellows stars as Frank Alpine, a drifter looking for work who, against his better judgment, becomes friends with Ward Minogue (Jaimz Woolvett), a petty criminal who convinces Frank to help him commit a robbery. Ward targets a neighborhood grocery store, that is run by a Jewish immigrant family struggling to keep its small business afloat. Morris Bober (Armin Mueller-Stahl), the proprietor of the grocery, suffers a violent attack from Ward and Frank when they rob him at gunpoint, and Frank is overcome with remorse when Ward brutally wounds Morris while spewing anti-Semitic verbal abuse. Afterward, in an effort to redeem a guilty conscience, he stops by the store and offers to help Morris get his shop reorganized, all the while keeping his involvement in the crime a secret. Soon Frank is working side by side with Morris, who comes to view him like a son even though his wife, Ida (Joan Plowright), does not trust the secretive young man. As Frank becomes closer to the Bobers, he falls for their young daughter, Helen (Kate Greenhouse), and is desperate to keep his horrid crime a secret. This slow-paced and subtle period film is a studied tale of

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 Directed by
Daniel Petrie
Cocoon: The Return, Fort Apache the Bronx, Sybil
 Written by
Bernard Malamud
The Natural, The Fixer
Daniel Petrie
Cocoon: The Return, Fort Apache the Bronx, Sybil
 Cast
Gil Bellows
The Shawshank Redemption, The Weather Man, Snow White: A Tale of Terror
Armin Mueller-Stahl
The Game, The X Files, Shine
Joan Plowright
Last Action Hero, Bringing Down the House, Dinosaur
Jaimz Woolvett
Unforgiven, Rosewood, Joan of Arc
Frank Moore
The Long Kiss Goodnight, Rabid, The Day Reagan Was Shot
Kate Greenhouse
The Dark Hours, Caracara, Webs
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 Music By
Lawrence Shragge
The Wrong Guy, The Audrey Hepburn Story, Night of the Twisters



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