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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 overview, first billed only:
Catherine Falconetti
Joseph Santangelo
Teresa Carmela Santangelo
Carmela Santangelo
Nicky Falconetti
Lino Falconetti
Leonard Villanova
Young Teresa Santangelo
Evelyn Santangelo
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 ...


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 »





Release Date:

15 September 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ein ganz normales Wunder  »

Box Office


$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 »


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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I Never Loved Anyone
Written by George R. Brown
Published by Shelby Singleton Music, Inc.
Performed by Jo Stafford
Courtesy of Capitol Records
By Arrangement with CEMA Special Markets
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A Nice Surprise
6 April 2005 | by (Reno, Nevada, USA) – See all my reviews

I first saw this movie in a small "art theater" with a friend. I found it deeper than expected, funnier than expected and an all around enjoyable movie.

It was a nice surprise to find a small film that spoke so largely about life and what it (life) means to us individually. One need not be catholic or Christian, Italian or ethnic to appreciate the layers of understanding and perspective that the characters birth on-screen.

For myself, and my friend, it opened a dialog. We related to the characters in different ways. As we shared what we experienced, we learned that we wanted to see the film again. I wanted to see what she had seen, and she wanted to see what I had seen. We did agree on one thing: We both found the film to be a jewel.

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