The Substance of Fire (1996) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Substance of Fire1996

The Substance of Fire (1996)




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In this compelling but grim drama, a German-Jewish boy, deeply traumatized by the slaughter of his family by Nazi's, grows up to become the tyrannical head of a New York publishing company. Despite its sterling reputation, Geldhart Publishing is on the brink of folding, thanks to Issac's darker obsession.

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Ron Rifkin
as Isaac Geldhart
Sarah Jessica Parker
as Sarah Geldhart
Tony Goldwyn
as Aaron Geldhart
Timothy Hutton
as Martin Geldhart
as Louis Foukold
Elizabeth Franz
as Miss Barzakian
David S. Howard
as Dr. Bernard Kramer
Benjamin Ungar
as Young Isaac Geldhart
Tom McDermott
as Old Printer
George Morfogen
as Otto the Printer
Lee Grant
as Cora Cahn
Andrew Pang
as Mr. Otani Junior
Edmund Ikeda
as Mr. Otani Senior
Gil Bellows
as Val Chenard
Eric Bogosian
as Gene Byck
Gregory Burke
as Young Martin
Adolph Green
as Mr. Musselblatt
William Cain
as Mr. Cox
Alec Mapa
as New Receptionist
Dick Latessa
as Mr. McCormack Senior
Patrick Page
as Mr. McCormack Junior
Kate Forbes
as Rizzoli Book Buyer
Barbara Eda-Young
as Reena Geldhart
Matt McGrath
as Young Book Clerk
Jose Ramon Rosario
as Dennis the Tailor
William Meisle
as Customer with Shoes
Gina Torres
as Maitre D'
Debra Monk
as Martha Hackett
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Critic Reviews for The Substance of Fire

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4)

Because its ideas remain murky, it frustrates our expectations. It's not a satisfying film, but that doesn't make it a bad one.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The actors are all fantastic in their roles, especially [Ron] Rifkin.

August 1, 2003 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Suggests that there is no family wound that cannot be healed by love and forgiveness.

August 29, 2002 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Substance of Fire

Substance of Fire has very little substance or fire. Hutton continued the downward movement of his career while Sarah Jessica Parker hadn't quite gotten the uplift in hers.

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