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The Substance of Fire

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.

Credits

The Substance of Fire Cast

Name Character
Timothy Hutton He was 36, now 62 years old as Martin Geldhart
Viola Davis She was 31, now 57 years old as Nurse
Gina Torres She was 27, now 53 years old as Maitre d'
Gil Bellows He was 29, now 55 years old as Val Chenard
Sarah Jessica Parker She was 31, now 57 years old as Sarah Geldhart
Tony Goldwyn He was 36, now 62 years old as Aaron Geldhart
Roger Rees He was 52, 71 years old when he died as Max
Adolph Green He was 82, 87 years old when he died as Mr. Musselblatt
George Morfogen He was 63, 85 years old when he died as Otto the Printer
Ron Rifkin He was 57, now 83 years old as Isaac Geldhart
Ronny Graham He was 77, 79 years old when he died as Louis Foukold
Debra Monk She was 48, now 73 years old as Martha Hackett
Eric Bogosian He was 43, now 69 years old as Gene Byck
Alec Mapa He was 31, now 57 years old as New Receptionist
John Christopher Jones as Book Binder
Elizabeth Franz She was 55, now 81 years old as Miss Barzakian
Lee Grant She was 70, now 96 years old as Cora Cahn
Gregory Burke He was 29, now 55 years old as Young Martin Geldhart
José Ramón Rosario as Dennis the Tailor
Barbara Eda-Young She was 52, now 78 years old as Reena Geldhart
Dick Latessa He was 67, 87 years old when he died as Mr. McCormack Sr
William Meisle as Customer with Shoes
David S. Howard He was 68, now 94 years old as Dr. Bernard Kramer
William Cain He was 132, 59 years old when he died as Mr. Cox
Gloria Irizarry as Esme
Andrew Pang as Mr. Otani Jr
Matt McGrath He was 119, 63 years old when he died as Young Book Clerk

The Substance of Fire Crew

Name Department
Pamela Martin as Editor. She was 2 (now 23) years old Editing
Joseph Vitarelli as Music. He was 36 (now 62) years old Sound
Mark Ricker as Art Direction. He was 28 (now 54) years old Art
Meg Simon as Casting. Production
Jon Robin Baitz as Producer. He was 35 (now 61) years old Production
Jon Robin Baitz as Screenplay. He was 35 (now 61) years old Writing
Ron Kastner as Producer. Production
Lemore Syvan as Co-Producer. Production
Daniel J. Sullivan as Director. He was 56 (now 82) years old Directing
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The Substance of Fire (26 years)

  • Release day: Wednesday, September 11, 1996
  • Runtime: 97 minutes