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Family Business (1989)

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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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 <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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

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15 December 1989 (USA)  »

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$12,195,695 (USA)
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Trivia

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

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Two stains on the right shoulder area of Adam's jacket appear and disappear during his argument with his father outside the cafe. See more »

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Jessie: That's the whole show?
Adam: Yes, unless you want to tell the Pee Wee Grogan story again.
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Referenced in Parker Lewis Can't Lose: Jerry's First Date (1991) See more »

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Danny Boy
Written by Frederick Edward Weatherly (as Frederick E. Weatherly)
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A surprising story, complete with a sadly, happy ending . . .
17 September 1999 | by (Columbus, Ohio) – See all my reviews

Good acting. I was quite surprised with the end result. Three blockbusters with an excellent supporting cast.

Seeing that this was Connery and Hoffman, billed together with Broderick, I was expecting a real thriller. Ouch! Sitting way out in the audience, even I had to think. This film is a brain-teaser from start to finish, and gently plucks at the emotions. When you rent it, or go to see it, pay attention.

A criminal family, torn between right and wrong? How could this be?

Cute, innocent Victoria Jackson, as Christine, plays Matthew Broderick's, Adam's, fiancée, and is revealed to be someone even lower than this three-generation family of thieves.

Fascinating, ironic, clever, well done . . .


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