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A New York City narcotics detective reluctantly agrees to cooperate with a special commission investigating police corruption. However, he soon discovers that he's in over his head, and nobody can be trusted.
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
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Approximately one week of the production was shot outside New York City. Those locations included a courthouse in Jersey City, a shopping mall in Spring Valley, and an office complex in Jericho, Long Island. A few additional days of studio work were needed for some of the interiors as well. See more »
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 »
Aww shit, anybody embarrassed about doing time is a goddamn snob. You do your time nice, don't rat anybody out, never take it in the ass, what's there to be embarrassed about huh?
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When I see this film reviewed, over and over, as a comedy, I don't know
whether to laugh or to cry. This is one of the most brutally cynical,
agonizingly tragic films I've ever seen - the story of a family caught
up in the romance of crime, trying to help at least the youngest
generation escape its inevitable fate.
Perhaps it helps to know Sidney Lumet's other work, especially his
previous bitterly brilliant collaborations with Sean Connery: The Hill,
and The Offense. Family Business is a similarly scathing attack on
preconceptions. Lumet takes what looks like a tame little 'heist
comedy' scenario and shows just how poisonously evil it really is. He
gives us the charming scoundrel (Connery), and shows how destructive
his devil-may-care attitude can be.
One might as well criticize Othello or Macbeth for having no laughs.
This film is, in fact, Shakespearian in its tragic dimensions. Connery
starts out with the classic Tragic Flaw, and must pay for it in the
end. (There is a heroic dimension in his ultimate realization, at
I can easily understand that many people won't enjoy this film. It's a
nasty, venomous, painful piece of work. But it's also quite brilliant.
If you want easy answers, by all means, rent Ocean's Eleven. But if
you're up for a challenge, don't overlook Family Business.
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