Jacey (Billy Crudup) and Doug Holt (Joaquin Phoenix) are two poor brothers who fall in love with the three aristocratic daughters of the formidable Lloyd Abbott (Will Patton). Shy and quiet, Doug longs for the heart of Pamela (Liv Tyler), a vivacious and popular girl who seems out of his league, while Jacey is much more calculating in his efforts. Seeing the pursuit as revenge for a patent Lloyd allegedly stole from the Holts' father, Jacey first targets the wild Eleanor (Jennifer Connelly) before turning his attention to the unhappily married Alice(Joanna Going). When Jacey's true motives are finally revealed, the honest romance that has developed between Doug and Pamela is put into jeopardy. Directed by Pat O'Connor. With Michael Sutton, Barbara Williams and Kathy Baker. Categories: Drama, Romance. Year: 1997.
Pat O'Connor in Inventing the Abbotts