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Niccolo (Mac) Vitelli is the eldest of three brothers and leads their family after their beloved father dies. Their father was a builder and his sons continue in this family trade. At first... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Gloves
Matthew Sussman ...
Steven Randazzo ...
Oona Goldfarb
Carl Capotorto ...
Bruno Vitelli
Vico Vitelli
Niccolo (Mac) Vitelli
Joe Paparone ...
Kaiulani Lee ...
Mrs. Stunder
Richard Spore ...
Young Mac
Young Alice


Niccolo (Mac) Vitelli is the eldest of three brothers and leads their family after their beloved father dies. Their father was a builder and his sons continue in this family trade. At first, they work for Polowski, who does shoddy work and cheats on his jobs. When the brothers can no longer take being employed by such an angry vitriolic boss who takes no pride in his work, they set up their own company. Together, Vitelli Brothers Construction builds houses with pride and care. However, Mac turns out to be an overbearing workaholic, with obsessive concern about the quality of their work and incredible attention to detail. His intensity and driven ambition precludes a happy family life and eventually drives away his two happy-go-lucky brothers from his nascent construction empire. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Rated R for strong language, and for some sexuality | See all certifications »




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Release Date:

19 February 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Worker's Life  »

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$471,120 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The answering machine message that is played at the end of the movie is an actual message that John Turturro's father left him before he died. See more »


Niccolo Vitelli: [Being outbid for a desired house lot] Cocksucker! Cuntlapper!
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Referenced in New York at the Movies (2002) See more »


Written by Mort Dixon and Allie Wrubel
Performed by Xavier Cugat
Courtesy of RCA Records
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it's INSANE to not love this movie
6 June 2003 | by (Ottawa, Canada) – See all my reviews

I just joined imdb because I couldn't sit by and let someone denigrating this great film be the initial thing people see in its summary.

Mac is a film with shortcomings like any other but it does not deserve to be so summarily dismissed as that doogie fella does.

The 'story' behind the film is that it's based in part on Turturro's father, so that some scenes are accused of being 'overacted' isn't really all that surprising.

I won't give away the story at all, I'll leave it to you fine people to watch because this is one of those movies that damn well should be seen. I happened upon it by accident and felt very fortuitous for having nothing to do that evening.

I was immediately drawn into this well shot and acted out film. With the exception of the the surreal opening part everything is immensely believable and I felt very connected to the characters. I felt better for having watched it and that certainly isn't something you get with most things flushed down the Hollywood toilet for our consumption.

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