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Household Saints (1993)

R  |   |  Drama  |  15 September 1993 (USA)
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Unsettling drama about three generations of Italian-American women struggling to get by in post-World War II New York's Little Italy.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Catherine Falconetti
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Joseph Santangelo
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Teresa Carmela Santangelo
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Carmela Santangelo
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Nicky Falconetti
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Lino Falconetti
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Leonard Villanova
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Young Teresa Santangelo
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Evelyn Santangelo
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Frank Manzone
Dale Carman ...
Father Matthias
John Di Benedetto ...
Augie Santangelo (as John Dibenedetto)
Marie DeCicco ...
Rita (as Marie Decicco)
Nancy Marie ...
Cindy Zagarella
Sam Josepher ...
Lorraine
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Unsettling drama about three generations of Italian-American women struggling to get by in post-World War II New York's Little Italy. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Rated R for two scenes of sexuality | See all certifications »
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15 September 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ein ganz normales Wunder  »

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$574,152 (USA)
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Vincent D'Onofrio and Lili Taylor who play father and daughter in this film previously played love interests in Mystic Pizza (1988). See more »

Quotes

Teresa Carmela Santangelo: My whole life, I used to wonder, what would I do if I really had a vision? How would I act if I actually saw God's face? Would I fall on the floor and start foaming at the mouth like St. Paul? It worried me, it could happen anywhere. What if I was on the subway and started bleeding from my ankles and wrists? If Jesus came, would I have the sense to look for a soft place to fall?
Teresa Carmela Santangelo: But this is what it's like. You don't faint dead away. You don't worry about stigmata dripping blood on the carpet. ...
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Omnes Gentes
Performed by Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica, Atchison, Kansas
Conducted by Sister Joachim Holthaus
Courtesy of Credence Cassettes
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Lost Treasure
19 May 2004 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I fell upon this movie while searching for D'Onofrio's work. I quickly realized that this "little known" film is a gem of a movie. D'Onofrio, Ullman, Taylor and Malina all deliver a brilliant performance by making the characters alive and believable. It is the kind of move that draws you into their living room, making you part of the scene. You feel their joy and pain as the stories told.

It doesn't matter if your Greek, Jewish, Irish, or Italian, you begin to see your own families heritage and culture unfold. As a second generation Italian-American Catholic, it brought back a flood of memories of tradition, grandparents, family gatherings, superstition, and the struggle to assimilate in America.

Household Saints didn't get its share of publicity and the actors/actress didn't get the recognition they deserved for their brilliant performances.


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