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Tony Gloves
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Carl Capotorto ...
Bruno Vitelli
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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, 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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19 February 1993 (USA)  »

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$471,120 (USA)
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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 »

Quotes

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 »

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THE LADY IN RED
Written by Mort Dixon and Allie Wrubel
Performed by Xavier Cugat
Courtesy of RCA Records
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...that Barton Fink feeling, I'm afraid...
2 July 1999 | by (California) – See all my reviews

Boy, this is bad. It's as if Turturro, playing method as Barton Fink, had rapped out his own screenplay about "the common man" and somehow saw it get before the cameras. The opening few minutes are fine, but then goes downhill and doesn't recover. There's a vaguely sickening feel that Turturro feels this is some sort of Important Statement, as if he believed the fictional studio's hype and cast himself as an auteur, ready to deliver that Barton Fink feeling. An overlong, self-important mess.


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