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Tony Gloves
Matthew Sussman ...
Clarence
Steven Randazzo ...
Gus
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Oona Goldfarb
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Nat
Carl Capotorto ...
Bruno Vitelli
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Vico Vitelli
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Niccolo (Mac) Vitelli
Joe Paparone ...
Papa
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Kaiulani Lee ...
Mrs. Stunder
Richard Spore ...
Francis
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Young Alice
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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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The Worker's Life  »

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$471,120 (USA)
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The role of Mac was largely based on John Turturro's father. See more »

Quotes

Niccolo Vitelli: [Being outbid for a desired house lot] Cocksucker! Cuntlapper!
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Soundtracks

THE LADY IN RED
Written by Mort Dixon and Allie Wrubel
Performed by Xavier Cugat
Courtesy of RCA Records
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DOWN TO EARTH FILM!
22 February 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Enjoyed this entire film, having grown up in Queens, N.Y.it brought back great memories of how hard it was for the Italian people to work at their skills as builders. John Turturro, and Nicholas Turturro gave excellent performances and Ellen Barkin had a small supporting role as a writer who charmed the Italian young men. This was a down to earth picture of Italian people and their family life to struggle in the building industry in Queens, N.Y. This is definitely a film classic.


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