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Family Business -- Sean Connery, Dustin Hoffman, and Mattew Brodrick star in this funny family saga of three generations of criminals uniting for one big caper.
Family Business -- US Home Video Trailer from Tristar


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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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Interesting Look at a "Crime Family" See more (37 total) »


  (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)

David Hummel ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

Ronald Rand ... Assistant DA (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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Additional Details

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

Sean Connery is only seven years older than Dustin Hoffman, but plays his father.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Jessie:Come on. Let's pay our respects to the grieving widow before she falls flat on her face, drunk.See more »
Red Roses for a Blue LadySee more »


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15 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Interesting Look at a "Crime Family", 21 January 2001
Author: joedabear from Somewhere, FL

A well done film about a family of theives. The grandfather (Connery) is a successful semi-retired theif whos son (Hoffman) is trying to stay on the straight & narrow in order to give his son (Broderick) a chance at a life free of crime. The trouble starts when the son goes to Granddad with a plan for a major job, Who is interested in it, and rather than discouraging his grandson takes it to his son for refinement and additional manpower.

It is a good film for many reasons, not the least of which is the by play between a good cast that are believable in their roles. It has a few interesting twists and demonstrates what honour among theives is really all about, "A family thing".

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