The Substance of Fire (1996)

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.

Directing:
  • Daniel J. Sullivan

Writing:
  • Jon Robin Baitz

Stars:
Release Date: 1996-09-11
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  • Country: US
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 97
Matt McGrath
Matt McGrath
Young Book Clerk
Alec Mapa
Alec Mapa
New Receptionist
Viola Davis
Viola Davis
Nurse
José Ramón Rosario
José Ramón Ro...
Dennis the Tailor
Gil Bellows
Gil Bellows
Val Chenard
Roger Rees
Roger Rees
Max
Sarah Jessica Parker
Sarah Jessica...
Sarah Geldhart
Timothy Hutton
Timothy Hutto...
Martin Geldhart
Tony Goldwyn
Tony Goldwyn
Aaron Geldhart
Ron Rifkin
Ron Rifkin
Isaac Geldhart
Elizabeth Franz
Elizabeth Fra...
Miss Barzakian
Debra Monk
Debra Monk
Martha Hackett
Tom McDermott
Tom McDermott
Old Printer
George Morfogen
George Morfog...
Otto the Printer
Eric Bogosian
Eric Bogosian
Gene Byck
John Christopher Jones
John Christop...
Book Binder
Dick Latessa
Dick Latessa
Mr. McCormack Sr
Barbara Eda-Young
Barbara Eda-Y...
Reena Geldhart
Gina Torres
Gina Torres
Maitre d'
Lee Grant
Lee Grant
Cora Cahn
Edmund Ikeda
Edmund Ikeda
Mr. Otani Sr
Andrew Pang
Andrew Pang
Mr. Otani Jr
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