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Writers (WGA):
Vincent Patrick (novel)
Vincent Patrick (screenplay)
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Release Date:
15 December 1989 (USA) See more »
There's nothing like a good robbery... to bring a family together.
Jessie is an ageing career criminal who has been in more jails, fights, schemes, and lineups than just about anyone else... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sean Connery ... Jessie

Dustin Hoffman ... Vito

Matthew Broderick ... Adam

Rosanna DeSoto ... Elaine (as Rosana DeSoto)

Janet Carroll ... Margie
Victoria Jackson ... Christine

Bill McCutcheon ... Doheny

Deborah Rush ... Michele Dempsey
Marilyn Cooper ... Rose
Salem Ludwig ... Nat

Rex Everhart ... Ray Garvey

James Tolkan ... Judge (as James S. Tolkan)
Marilyn Sokol ... Marie
Thomas A. Carlin ... Neary
Tony DiBenedetto ... Phil
Isabell O'Connor ... Judge (as Isabell Monk)

Wendell Pierce ... Prosecutor
James Carruthers ... Clerk - 1st Court

Jack O'Connell ... Police Lieutenant

John Capodice ... Tommy (as John C. Capodice)

Luis Guzmán ... Torres (as Luis Guzman)
Dermot A. McNamara ... Casket Mourner
William Preston ... Flask Mourner

John Connell ... Wake 'Suit' Cop (as John P. Connell)
Raymond H. Bazemore ... 'Caper' Guard

Willie C. Carpenter ... 'Caper' Cop
Conard Fowkes ... 'Caper' Detective

BD Wong ... Jimmy Chiu
Hal Lehrman ... Assistant D.A.
Nick Discenza ... Detective #1
Ed Crowley ... Charlie
Arthur Pierce ... Convict

Alberto Vazquez ... Prisoner #1
Jose Machado ... Prisoner #2 (as José Machado)
June Stein ... Diner Waitress

David Warshofsky ... Parking Attendant
John E. Byrd ... Van Guard

Joe Lisi ... Desk Sergeant
Elizabeth A. Reilly ... Phil's Girlfriend
Tom Dillon ... Tenor
Paul Forrest ... Tenor #2
Karen Needle ... Denise
Susan Korn ... Margo
Aideen O'Kelly ... Widow Doheny
George Kodisch ... Wake Cop #1
Mary T. Fay ... Lady Mourner #1
Patricia Fay ... Lady Mourner #2
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Steve Baker ... Court Detective (uncredited)

Nick Vallelonga ... Arresting Guard (uncredited)

Directed by
Sidney Lumet 
Writing credits
Vincent Patrick (novel)

Vincent Patrick (screenplay)

Produced by
Lawrence Gordon .... producer
Burtt Harris .... executive producer
Jennifer Ogden .... executive producer
Original Music by
Cy Coleman 
Cinematography by
Andrzej Bartkowiak (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Andrew Mondshein 
Casting by
Fran Kumin 
Meg Simon 
Production Design by
Philip Rosenberg 
Art Direction by
Robert Guerra 
Set Decoration by
Gary J. Brink  (as Gary Brink)
Costume Design by
Ann Roth 
Makeup Department
Joe Cranzano .... makeup artist (as Joseph Cranzano)
Bob Grimaldi .... hair stylist (as Robert Grimaldi)
Ilona Herman .... hair stylist: Mr. Connery
Ilona Herman .... makeup artist: Mr. Connery
Peter Mannino .... hair stylist: Mr. Hoffman
Peter Mannino .... makeup artist: Mr. Hoffman
Vito Mannino .... hair stylist: Mr. Hoffman
Vito Mannino .... makeup artist: Mr. Hoffman
Craig Lyman .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Lilith Jacobs .... post-production supervisor
Jennifer Ogden .... unit production manager
Ted Zachary .... executive in charge of production (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Haley .... first assistant director
David Hallinan .... dga trainee
Daniel M. Stillman .... second second assistant director
Nathalie Vadim .... second assistant director
Carla Zackson .... additional second second assistant director
Art Department
William F. Reynolds .... leadman (as Bill Reynolds)
Siv Sandstrom .... art department coordinator
William Sohmer .... stand-by scenic artist
Walter Stocklin .... property master
Richard A. Ventre .... master scenic artist (as Richard Ventre)
Sound Department
Allan Byer .... sound mixer
Richard P. Cirincione .... sound editor (as Richard Cirincione)
Lee Dichter .... sound re-recording mixer
Eugene Gearty .... synclavier engineer
Bruce Kitzmeyer .... sound editor
Jane McCulley .... adr editor
James H. Nau .... assistant sound editor
Peter Odabashian .... sound editor
Maurice Schell .... supervising sound editor
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist (uncredited)
Susan Sklar Friedman .... apprentice sound editor (uncredited)
Kerry Fulton .... apprentice sound editor (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Richard Greenberg .... opticals
Danny Aiello III .... stunt cop
Jery Hewitt .... stunt cop
Camera and Electrical Department
Norman Buck .... key grip
Michael J. Fabiano .... key rigging grip (as Mike Fabiano Jr.)
James Malone .... key rigging electrician
Frances 'Buddy' McBride .... best boy (as Buddy McBride)
James McGrath .... dolly grip (as Jim McGrath)
Gary Muller .... first assistant camera
Tom Priestley Jr. .... camera operator (as Thomas A. Priestley Jr.)
Andrew Priestley .... second assistant camera
John Seakwood .... still photographer
John Skotchdopole .... camera trainee
Joseph Trammell .... video technician (as Joe Trammell)
William Ward .... gaffer (as Bill Ward)
Casting Department
Linda Carolei .... extras casting
Joy Todd .... extras casting
David H. Kramer .... adr voice casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gary Jones .... assistant costume designer
Daniel P. Lomax .... costume supervisor: men
Donna Maloney .... costume supervisor: women
Editorial Department
Richard J. Rossi .... assistant film editor
Colleen Sharp .... apprentice film editor
Music Department
Cy Coleman .... music arranger
Michael Farrow .... music engineer
Sonny Kompanek .... conductor
Sonny Kompanek .... orchestrator
Michael Farrow .... scoring mixer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
John Leonidas .... transportation captain
Other crew
Alexis Alexanian .... office assistant
Bruce Bahrenburg .... unit publicist
Stacey Basoff .... assistant: Mr. Gordon (as Stacy Basoff)
Judith Lyn Brown .... production coordinator
Dominique Bruballa .... production accountant
Paul Cremo .... location assistant
Gerald Cuesta .... production assistant
Stephen Danza .... location manager
Hannah Green .... production assistant
Richard Greenberg .... title designer
Eric Holloway .... production assistant
Mary A. Kelly .... continuity
John Kerr .... production assistant
Scott Kordish .... production assistant
Bonnie Kurt .... assistant: Mr. Hoffman
Robert McClung .... location assistant
Christopher Mollo .... production assistant (as Chris Mollo)
Danielle Rigby .... production assistant
Kas Self .... stand-in: Mr. Hoffman
Michael Sporn .... title designer
Kellett Tighe .... assistant: Mr. Gordon
Daisy von Scherler Mayer .... production assistant
Abraham Vorster .... production assistant
Tim Williams .... production assistant
Marc Baron .... stand-in (uncredited)
Liz Newman .... assistant accountant (uncredited)
Maurice Schell .... adr loop group (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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110 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Sean Connery is only thirty two years older than Matthew Broderick, but plays his grandfather.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Jessie McMullen confronts Jimmy Chiu in his car, he calls him by his real name (Wong).See more »
Jessie:Come on. Let's pay our respects to the grieving widow before she falls flat on her face, drunk.See more »
Danny BoySee more »


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Has its problems, but a good film nonetheless, 5 June 2011
Author: Terrell Howell (KnightsofNi11) from United States

For many, the family business is a meat market, or a hardware store, or maybe even a homely little jewelry store. For the McMullen's, the family business is armed robbery. Jessie McMullen (Sean Connery) is an aging yet unabashed criminal who has been in the business for many years. When his grandson, Adam (Matthew Broderick), finds the opportunity to net a cool million dollars, Jessie organizes one last heist with himself, Adam, and Adam's father, Jessies son, Vito (Dustin Hoffman). Vito is reluctant at first, but eventually comes around to pull of the heist. The movie tells the story of some rocky family ties and how the relationship between these three generations waxes and wanes in a very unconventional method.

The film is directed by the late and great Sydney Lumet. Lumet wasn't a consistent director and obviously put out some pretty terrible films, as well as some incredible films. Family Business falls right in between these two poles. It has its problems but it isn't a terrible film. Lumet directs the film very well with some great tracking shots of various New York locations we see in the film. The two funerals that take place in the film both include pans that lay out the characters very nicely in tightly constructed cinematography that isn't exactly flashy or incredible to look at, but adds a very subtle quality to the direction of the film. Lumet also directs his actors with a lot of precision and the performances from the three leads are excellent. All three characters are very different, not only in age but in personality and personal convictions. Each actor plays their character's nuances and attitudes very nicely, delivering dialogue that is at times cheesy and convoluted, yet also sharp when it isn't being silly.

The nice thing about this film is that there aren't any glaring issues. There are a multitude of small problems along the way, but nothing that kills the film's momentum or ruins the story. The issues range from bad chunks of dialogue, to moments that just don't fit well with the story, like Sean Connery singing. There are some pretty ugly plot holes that stick out when present, but thankfully they aren't anything that carry over throughout the film, causing more and more unrealistic problems. Overall the story doesn't exactly tie up as nicely as it could have. It leaves some loose ends and it resolves a few points a little too easily. I can't buy into everything that happened in this film, but I can believe enough to say that this is a decent film.

This is really just a film that sets out to entertain and tell an interesting story. It kept me interested from start to finish, and there were enough good things about this film to allow me to thoroughly enjoy it. The high points would be Lumet's direction and the great performances from the three leads. The low points would be the kinks in the story and some of the forced dialogue. Yet overall this is a fun little film that more or less accomplishes what little it sets out to do.

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