Family Business (1989)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  15 December 1989 (USA)
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Jessie is an aging career criminal who has been in more jails, fights, schemes, and lineups than just about anyone else. His son Vito, while currently on the straight and narrow, has had a ... See full summary »



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Judge (as James S. Tolkan)
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Jessie is an aging career criminal who has been in more jails, fights, schemes, and lineups than just about anyone else. His son Vito, while currently on the straight and narrow, has had a fairly shady past and is indeed no stranger to illegal activity. They both have great hope for Adam, Vito's son and Jessie's grandson, who is bright, good-looking, and without a criminal past. So when Adam approaches Jessie with a scheme for a burglary he's shocked, but not necessarily uninterested. Written by Murray Chapman <>

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There's nothing like a good robbery... to bring a family together.


Comedy | Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

15 December 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Negocios de familia  »

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$12,195,695 (USA)

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Sidney Lumet said he wanted to make the movie Family Business as a fable. See more »


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11 August 2002 | by See all my reviews

This movie got a lot of bad reviews and is that well known. I don't know why. Each of the actors (whom I am all big fans of) put forward an amazing portrayal of their characters. The plot was not steady because it was a situational film in with the basis of the plot seems to change from each major occurrence in the film (noticed in many Woody Allen films). I thought that the movie had a lot to say about respect, morals, family values and trying to differentiate right from wrong under tense circumstances. This is definitely a must see if you are a fan of any of the three headliner stars in this film. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll enjoy it.

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