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Two Family House (2000)

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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Angelo
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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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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  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$30,316, 8 October 2000, Limited Release

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$1,015,055, 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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Wonderful period piece and a gem of a sleeper; Rispoli gives a heart-felt performance that echoes Jackie Gleason
29 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

TWO FAMILY HOUSE (2000) *** Michael Rispoli, Kelly Macdonald, Katherine Narducci, Kevin Conway, Matt Servitto, Michele Santopietro, Louis Guss, Rosemary DeAngelis, Anthony Arkin, Saul Stein, Vincent Pastore, John Pizzarelli. Rookie filmmaker Raymond De Felitta based this semi-autobiographical nostalgic romantic drama set in Staten Island circa 1956 on his beloved and well-intentioned late uncle with Rispoli as a working stiff who dreams of opening his own bar to sing in with no help from his totally unsupportive wife Narducci sending him into the unlikely arms of the unwed Irish mother of a biracial baby (the very pretty Macdonald) who is a tenant in their recently bought household.

Rispoli gives a heart-felt performance that echoes Jackie Gleason as a beaten upon husband who just wants something better and the rest of the ensemble adds some color to what could have been a retread of 'Moonstruck', its distant third cousin in theory.

Wonderful period piece and a gem of a sleeper.


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