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Household Saints (1993)

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
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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
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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for two scenes of sexuality | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

15 September 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ein ganz normales Wunder  »

Box Office

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$574,152 (USA)
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Trivia

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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Written by Justin Hayward
Published by Essex Music International, Inc.
Performed by The Moody Blues
Courtesy of Threshold Records
By Arrangement with PolyGram Special Markets
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22 October 2002 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I was so impressed by this film when I saw it at the Festival of Festivals (now the Toronto International Film Festival) in 1993 that I went home without seeing anything else. I would recommend it to any spiritual person. The film's saint is Saint Therese of Lisieux, who once said "What matters in life is not great deeds, but great love." After her death, she promised to "let fall a shower of roses," which is pivotal in the film. I really recommend it. A wonderful work by an American director.


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