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Dominick and Eugene (1988)

PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  13 October 1988 (Australia)
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Dominick and Eugene are twins, but Dominick is a little bit slow due do an accident in his youth. They live together, with Dominick working as garbage man to put Eugene through medical ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Eugene 'Gino' Luciano
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Dominick 'Nicky' Luciano
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Jennifer Reston
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Dr. Levinson
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Larry Higgins
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Jesse Johnson
Mimi Cecchini ...
Mrs. Gianelli
Tommy Snelsire ...
Mikey Chernak
Mary-Joan Negro ...
Theresa Chernak
Tom Signorelli ...
Father T.
John Romer ...
Choir Director
David Perry ...
Television Announcer
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Guido
R. Scott Peck ...
Joe
Charles Susan ...
Leon
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Storyline

Dominick and Eugene are twins, but Dominick is a little bit slow due do an accident in his youth. They live together, with Dominick working as garbage man to put Eugene through medical school. Their relationship becomes strained when Eugene must decide between his devotion to his brother, or his need to go away to complete his training. Things are also not helped by Dominick's co-worker, or Eugene's budding romance. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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twin | homoerotic | man child | dust | rat | See All (43) »

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They were born twins... but something happened along the way. See more »

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13 October 1988 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

La fuerza de un ser menor  »

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$3,076,031 (USA)
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An infant plays a pivotal role in the film's climax, but the city of Pittsburgh, where the film was shot, had a law prohibiting work to children under six. Producer Mike Farrell knew the city's then-Minister of Labor Harris Wofford well, and a permit was arranged. See more »

Quotes

[Looking at a crucifixion statue.]
Dominick Luciano: If I was God, I wouldn't let that happen to my boy.
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Heart-Wrenching Film
5 October 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you have any kind of heart and compassion for people, this is a tough movie to watch, at least in the second half of it.

It's in that segment where we see nice little kid get beaten up and then a retarded (mentally- challenged) man go off the deep end after he witnesses this brutal act against the child. It's not pleasant material.

However, it's a good movie and the acting is good, too. The story will sit with you awhile.

"Dominick" is the mentally-disabled guy and is played by Tom Hulce. I think this might be Hulce's best role ever. He's looked after by a med student, "Eugene," played by Ray Liotta, who became a star the following year with Kevin Costner's "Field Of Dreams."

Dominick is a goodhearted garbage man who reads "Hulk" comic books and loves wrestling. He's the type of "slow" guy that you can't help but love and root for to live a happy life. When he freaks out, it's for several good reasons and...well, see the film for the whole story. It's worth your time but be prepared to go on real emotional roller coaster and possibly be very upset at some things you see.


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