Family Prayers

Family Prayers is a 1993 American drama film starring Joe Mantegna, Anne Archer, Paul Reiser and Patti LuPone. It was directed by Scott Rosenfeld. It is notable for being the first film role of Brittany Murphy, who had a non-speaking role.[2]

Family Prayers
Directed byScott M. Rosenfeld
Produced bySteven Ginsberg
Charmain Jago
Mark Levinson
Johine Novosel
Bonnie Sugar
Written bySteven Ginsberg
StarringJoe Mantegna
Anne Archer
Paul Reiser
Patti LuPone
Music bySteve Tyrell
CinematographyJeff Jur
Edited bySusan Crutcher
Earthquake Productions
Distributed byArrow Releasing
Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment
Release date
March 31, 1993 (1993-03-31)
Running time
108 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States


Set in 1969 Los Angeles, this movie aims at nostalgia but really is more a depiction of the tragedy of a dysfunctional family. Young Andrew, a 13-year-old male on the brink of manhood, is saddled with a father who is a compulsive gambler and a mother who is immersed in a constant battle with him because of it. Often desperate for money, their dependence on Andrew’s aunt Nan for money is one more cause of tension and anxiety in an already unhappy household. As Andrew cares for himself and his younger sister, the symbol of his coming of age—his approaching bar-mitzvah—comes to symbolize more than just a rite of passage.



  1. Leonard Maltin (2 September 2014). Leonard Maltin's 2015 Movie Guide. Penguin Group US. pp. 744–. ISBN 978-0-698-18361-2.

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