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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 ...
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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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Release Date:

19 February 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Worker's Life  »

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$471,120 (USA)

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Based on actual events. 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 »


Music by David Raksin
Performed by Charlie Parker
Courtesy of Polygram Special Markets
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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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