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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Chipmunk
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Laura
Louis Guss ...
Donato
Rosemary De Angelis ...
Marie (as Rosemary Deangelis)
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Danny
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Anthony
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Angelo
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Gloria
Ivy Jones ...
Tina
Victor Arnold ...
Mr. Cicco
Richard B. Shull ...
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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27 October 2000 (USA)  »

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 Arthur Godfrey and His Friends (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

Lonely For You
(ca 1960)
Written by Frank De Felitta (as Frank DeFelitta)
Performed by Andrew Poretz
Also Sung a bit by John Pizzarelli (uncredited)
Published by Empty Dawn Music
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A wonderful sleeper you must see
5 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I found this film by accident while programming my TIVO. The official description of the film didn't really relate with the story was all about.

This is fine however, as we don't want to spoil the wonderfully conceived character-based plot. The growth of the characters, and the realizations that they make in the third act, is stellar.

Overall, this film is a wonderful character piece that gives a glimpse of racial attitudes in the 1950's in New York (that don't seem so different from the attitudes in the 2000's).

The acting was superb and the pace of the plot was crisp. I highly recommend adding this to your TIVO play list.

As closing credits rolled, I thought that this is what an award-winning screenplay feels like -- and sadly that doesn't always translate into commercial success.


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