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A Simple Twist of Fate (1994)

Steve Martin , Gabriel Byrne , Gillies MacKinnon  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Steve Martin, Gabriel Byrne, Laura Linney, Catherine O'Hara, Alana Austin
  • Directors: Gillies MacKinnon
  • Writers: Steve Martin, George Eliot
  • Producers: Steve Martin, Karen Snow, Ric Kidney
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Unknown)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Video / Mill Creek
  • DVD Release Date: May 6, 2003
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008979G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,201 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "A Simple Twist of Fate" on IMDb

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Big-screen favorite Steve Martin (FATHER OF THE BRIDE) shines in this heartwarming motion picture about a single dad who discovers the joys and pain of fatherhood after adopting a daughter. All is well with this special relationship until a local politician attempts to come between them. As they fight to remain a family, the bond between father and daughter is strengthened. With an all-star cast that features winning performances from Gabriel Byrne (POINT OF NO RETURN), Stephen Baldwin (THREESOME), and Catherine O'Hara (HOME ALONE), A SIMPLE TWIST OF FATE is a captivating movie treat that's sure to entertain you!

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Steve Martin is primarily known for comedy, but in this heartwarming and heart-wrenching film he shows great ability
in a serious role. Martin stars as a man who is recently divorced after his wife had an affair and got pregnant. 5 years later as a carpenter, he has all of his gold coins stolen by a local politician's drug/alcohol crazed brother. But the local politican (Gabriel Byrne) has skeletons in his closet he is hiding the illegitimate birth of a girl child to a heroin addicted woman. The woman dies outside Martin's home in the midst of a snowstorm, and the little girl wanders inside Martin's home and scares the heck out of his own words "She came to replace my money" Maureen O'Hara costars.
A fantastic film which got very little credit. My daughter loved it! You will too!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an adorable film all should see. March 3, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I rented this movie and liked it so much that I bought my own copy. Steve Martin did a good job of taking this movie and making it modern from George Elliot's book Silas Marner. All the characters played their role well and it has great music and scenery. Everyone should at least see this movie once in their life if not more!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Modern version of George Eliot's story 'Silas Marner' October 22, 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I really enjoyed viewing this movie when I rented it a few years ago. 'A Simple Twist of Fate' is based on Mary Ann Evans' (1819-80; Pen-name George Eliot) story 'Silas Marner'(if anyone is interested in reading Silas Marner on-line, go to this web address, inside the {} brackets: {[...]}
Steve Martin is a sad & lonely bachelor school teacher who's life feels empty and irrelevant; Then a sweet little baby girl walks into his life. The short of it is that she has recently become an orphan; So Steve Martin adopts her. Raising this precious little girl brings much love, joy, and happiness into their lives. It is a story about the transformative and healing power of love.
I was dismayed to find that this movie is not currently available to purchase
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bring it back! July 8, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
This is one of those Steve Martin films that should always be available for purchase. It is my favorite of his, along with All of Me.
A Simple Twist of Fate is the story of a man who finds out the baby his wife is carrying is not his. She leaves him to go to this other man.
He spends his time afterwards buying expensive gold coins and polishing them and staring at them every day until one day a man steals all his coins and runs off with them.
Steve Martin's character is real down about this time and he just mopes around all day and doesn't talk to anybody. Then, one day, a simple twist of fate walks right into his life. A little girl around a year a half to two years old walks right into his house and chooses him as a daddy.
Her mama was a drug addict and she got her money for drugs from a rich politician in town who was married, but who was the father of her little girl. The mama wanted more money and the man wouldn't give it to her, so she packed the little girl and herself into the car and drove in the snow to go see the politician. But on the way, the car wouldn't work any more and the woman and little girl walked in the snow. The mother was all high on dope and she died not far from Steve Martin's house, and the little girl saw the light in his window and walked right on in just like it was her own house.
Steve Martin adopted her and the little girl grew up to love him like her own daddy. Her real daddy (Gabriel Byrne)was still a politician in town but nobody knew it until the real daddy wanted to lay claim to his daughter, who was now about 10 or 12 years old. Now there would be a court battle on who would gain or keep custody of little Matilda.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A movie good for all ages! December 12, 2004
I used to watch this movie as a young child and hadn't seen it in years. Then one day rediscovered it and was amazed to find that I still enjoy it just as much today. I am now a teenager, but everytime I watch or remember this ageless classic story it warms my heart. Steve Martin does a fabulous job in this movie along with all the other characters. This is a priceless story about finding love and family that is good for everyone in the family. I enjoyed it as a child, still enjoy it as a teenager, and am sure that I will continue to enjoy it for the rest of my life.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Simple Twist Of Fate September 6, 2005
By S. Sapp
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This is a modern day version of Silas Marner. Steve Martin is at his best as the miser whose life is profoundly changed by the love of a child. This has to be my favorite Steve Martin movie. The music is superb and very moving. This is a movie the family can watch. Get ready to cry.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Rare Experience! July 31, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I first saw "A Simple Twist of Fate" on TV and did not realize that it had not been made for television. I later saw it on the shelf of the video rental store. After renting it every weekend for a month, I decided it would be less expensive to go ahead and purchase it. I LOVE this film. Not only is it a heart-warming story that reflects much of today's society, but it shows you that problems can be solved. "A Simple Twist of Fate" can teach you invaluable lessons about life.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A decent take-off on a classic April 2, 2007
To Rana Blue: This movie is a take off on George Elliot's masterpice, Silas Marner. In that book the girl decides for herself that she will stay with her father rather than go to her biological father's home, but that girl is 16 and there is no custody battle in court (the story is set in England in the 1800s). However, in that story, as in this one, the brother steals the gold and then falls in to the lake and drowns. Mr. Newland didn't remember that he had thrown his brother into the lake because he didn't do it. Just as Matlida could have fallen in when she was a toddler, the brother -- drunk, in the dark and having just left a girl to die in his car -- left McCann's home and stumbled over the cliff. Do you not think a man would remember where he illegally buried his dead brother? The truth is, he didn't know that his brother was dead, and he was probably happy to be rid of him because the brother was the only adult alive who knew the truth about the baby, so he didn't bother to search for him. And the other truth is that the judge let Matilda stay with McCann because he was her father, and once he got his money back and all things were equal between the two men, there was no question as to where Matlida belonged.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Karma - love it.
What goes around, comes around. Karma - love it.
Published 4 days ago by Char Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great family movie.
Published 10 days ago by Diane Wade
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Published 1 month ago by Martin Bagniewski
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
Great twist to the Silas Marner story. I love Steve Martin and Gabriel Byrne in this movie.
Catherine O'Hara is adorably hilarious!
Published 2 months ago by Laura L.
5.0 out of 5 stars vhs movie
this was a good movie; I didn't think I was going to like it much; but it was very good. I thought it was going to be too sillyl, but it wasn't; it was a good movie, with an... Read more
Published 2 months ago by miranda
5.0 out of 5 stars Missed this movie when it was in the theaters (if it ever was)
It is a nice "feel good" movie. It has nice background songs and Steve Martin even plays his banjo a little.
Published 2 months ago by Ron
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
This was Steve Martin's best film. Great story, don't miss it. Seems he hasn't made anything nearly this good since.
Published 3 months ago by Metatron7
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie...but
Excellent movie. We always wanted to see the end as we always missed it when on TV. However it was a poor quality VHS tape. The volume constantly needed adjustment.
Published 3 months ago by Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars silas marner LIVES!
nice tale of compassion, and what it really means to be "family". Nice change of pace for Steve Martin; he gets to use his comedic skills in a more dramatic setting. Read more
Published 4 months ago by William J Bloomer
5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining
A very entertaining story about a single father and the love
for a charming child. Very interesting ending. Truly enjoyable.
Published 4 months ago by retired2
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