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Writers (WGA):
Vincent Patrick (novel)
Vincent Patrick (screenplay)
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15 December 1989 (USA) See more »
There's nothing like a good robbery... to bring a family together.
Jessie is an aging 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)

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 .... 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)
Chris Hayes .... camera operator: "b" camera (uncredited)
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
Location Management
Paul Cremo .... location assistant
Stephen Danza .... location manager
Robert McClung .... location assistant
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
Gerald Cuesta .... production assistant
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
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

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110 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Sean Connery is only seven years older than Dustin Hoffman, but plays his father.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Jessie McMullen confronts Jimmy Chiu in his car, he calls him by his real name (Wong).See more »
Jessie:That's the whole show?
Adam:Yes, unless you want to tell the Pee Wee Grogan story again.
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31 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
What's the problem?, 12 November 2001
Author: Boyo-2

I can't believe the reviews for this!

If anything is open for critcism here, its the casting of Connery, Hoffman and Broderick as grandfather, father and son, but no one seems to mind that. Hoffman's wife is a Jewish woman, played by Rosana DeSoto, who was Richie Valen's mom in "La Bamba" and Edward James Olmos' wife in "Stand And Deliver". All the casting choices are questionable but I think someone along the way decided to be sarcastic about it, which of course makes the movie that much better.

Broderick is not a criminal but his elders are (or were) and he brings them all together to do a robbery. It makes perfect sense, since he's in that family and has their blood. Without even trying hard, he's a product of his environ, just like we all are. Matthew was a whiz-kid who got bored with that and doesn't seem to have any guilt about this caper. His girlfriend (Victoria Jackson) has extremely questionable morals and practically brags about that fact at dinner one afternoon. But is also in keeping with Broderick's character. He's like a wanna-be lowlife.

Hoffman is working in the meat-packing district in the West Village of Manhattan and is trying very hard to do the right thing after having served time and having had an on-again, off-again relationship with both his father and son. He demands honesty and even fires a guy (Luiz Guzman) who is caught stealing from him. The movie is also very realistic from his point-of-view since he gets involved mostly to keep an eye on the other two. Father and son do not get along and always seem to be arguing about one thing or another.

Connery is a life-long trouble maker who was never much of a father but loves his grandson very much and has some pride about their all working together. He argues with his son..father and son do not get along, again.

Some of the dialogue is very funny and there are always great character actors in Sidney Lumet's movies; this one is no exception. In very small parts are Marilyn Cooper, Deborah Rush and Marilyn Sokol. This is in addition to a great trio in the leads, all of whom register great work in this little-seen flick.

Movie has a real NYC feel to it. I'd recommend it to anyone.

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