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Simpatico is a 1999 film directed by Matthew Warchus and starring Nick Nolte, Jeff Bridges, Sharon Stone, Catherine Keener and Albert Finney. It was adapted for the screen from the 1994 play Simpatico by Sam Shepard.

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Directed byMatthew Warchus
Produced byJean-François Fonlupt
Dan Lupovitz
Timm Oberwelland
Screenplay byMatthew Warchus
David Nicholls
Based onSimpatico
by Sam Shepard
StarringNick Nolte
Jeff Bridges
Sharon Stone
Catherine Keener
Albert Finney
Liam Waite
Music byStewart Copeland
CinematographyLaurent Bassett
John Toll
Edited byPasquale Buba
Seth Flaum
Distributed byFine Line Features
Release date
  • September 15, 1999 (1999-09-15) (Toronto International Film Festival)
  • January 28, 2000 (2000-01-28)
Running time
106 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
United States
Budget$10 million
Box office$929,606



Three young confidence tricksters— Vinnie, Carter and Rosie — pull off a racing scam, substituting winners for plodders and winning big money on long odds. When an official uncovers the scam, they set him up for blackmail. Twenty years later, Carter and Rosie are married, successful racers in Kentucky about to sell their prize stallion, Simpatico. Vinnie, meanwhile, is a drunk in Pomona. Vinnie decides to make a play for Rosie, lures Carter to California, steals his wallet and heads for Kentucky with the original blackmail material. Carter begs Vinnie's friend, a grocery clerk named Cecilia, to follow Vinnie and recover the material that he has in a box.



The film received negative reviews from critics. It currently[when?] holds a 25% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 61 reviews.

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