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A dreamer finds that his wife and friends are binding him to his mediocre existence.

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Buddy Visalo
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Mary O'Neary
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Estelle Visalo
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Jim O'Neary
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Mr. Cicco
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Mr. Brancaccio
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An unseen narrator looks back to 1956, on Staten Island, when Buddy, an Italian guy with big dreams, buys a house planning to live upstairs with his wife Estelle and run a bar downstairs. The first problem is Estelle's lack of confidence in Buddy. Then, Irish tenants upstairs refuse to move and won't pay rent; plus, the woman upstairs is about to have a baby. The next problem is the baby: once he's born, it's clear his father was Black. The Irish guy splits; Buddy evicts mother and child, then feels guilt and sets her up in a flat while she sorts out an adoption. Estelle's lack of faith, the Irish lass's spirit, Buddy's dream, racial prejudice, and the baby's fate play out. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The only way to find out what you love is to risk everything you have.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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9 August 2002 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

Casa pentru doua familii  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$30,316 (USA) (6 October 2000)

Gross:

$1,015,055 (USA) (29 December 2000)
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When Mary was shopping for groceries to make dinner for Buddy, on the shelf was "Victoria Vodka Sauce". Vodka Sauce was not available in the 1950s. See more »

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Special thanks to ... the people of Bentley Avenue, Jersey City, NJ, ... the people of Port Richmond & Stapleton neighborhoods, Staten Island, NY, ... the crew of The Highlander ... See more »

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References Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall (1948) See more »

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There's No Tomorrow
(1949)
Written by Leo Corday (as L. Corday), Leon Carr (as L. Carr), Al Hoffman (as A. Hoffman)
Music based on "O Sole Mio" by Eduardo Di Capua (1898) (uncredited)
Performed by Andrew Poretz
Published by Fred Ahlert Music, Music Sales Corp., Sis' n Bro Music Company
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Great Movie
7 May 2004 | by (charlotte, nc) – See all my reviews

I just saw this movie on IFC and I loved it!! It has a great story line and the character were well developed and I could really relate to them. I'm glad I came across this, I hope to see it again soon. The story is well developed and I like how the ending turned out. I feel like it is another classic love story, and I'm not one to really like "mushy" films, but this is one is really a classic. I could just feel the main character and his dreams and wanting to 'break out'. I hope I can find the film on DVD or VHS. I like how the story touched on racial issues in the 1950's. I wonder if this is based on a book, because it has alot of focus on characters.


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