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Isaac Geldhart is a Holocaust survivor who, overcome by grief at the recent death of his wife, seems determined to run his publishing firm into the ground by printing books that have no hope of financial success. His son Aaron, who also works at the company, grows frustrated with Isaac's emotional decline and attempts to take over the firm. The resulting crisis involves Isaac's other two children, his daughter Sarah and his dying son Martin.

  1. Daniel J. Sullivan


  2. Jon Robin Baitz


Top Billed Cast

  1. Tony Goldwyn

    Tony Goldwyn

    Aaron Geldhart

  2. Timothy Hutton

    Timothy Hutton

    Martin Geldhart

  3. Ron Rifkin

    Ron Rifkin

    Isaac Geldhart

  4. Sarah Jessica Parker

    Sarah Jessica Parker

    Sarah Geldhart

  5. Lee Grant

    Lee Grant

    Cora Cahn

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The Substance of Fire
The Substance of Fire


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  • March 14, 1997


    Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian 21 or older. The parent/guardian is required to stay with the child under 17 through the entire movie, even if the parent gives the child/teenager permission to see the film alone. These films may contain strong profanity, graphic sexuality, nudity, strong violence, horror, gore, and strong drug use. A movie rated R for profanity often has more severe or frequent language than the PG-13 rating would permit. An R-rated movie may have more blood, gore, drug use, nudity, or graphic sexuality than a PG-13 movie would admit.

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 37m

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