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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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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
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Tina
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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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27 October 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Casa pentru doua familii  »

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$30,316 (USA) (8 October 2000)

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$1,015,055 (USA) (29 December 2000)
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Goofs

During one shot, the Bayonne Bridge is shown with the Goethals Bridge beyond it, on the right. Adjacent to it, the B&O Arthur Kill Vertical Lift Bridge is shown. This wasn't built until 1959, replacing an older swing bridge. 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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Dot's Cheesecake
(1995)
Written by John Bunch (as J. Bunch), Bucky Pizzarelli (as B. Pizzarelli),
Bob Haggart (as B. Haggart)
Lyrics by John Pizzarelli (as J. Pizzarelli)
Performed by John Pizzarelli Trio
Published by Baby Makes Three / Deganawidah Music / John Bunch Music
John Pizzarelli appears courtesy of Telarc International
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A great watched it on HBO Kind of movie
8 April 2002 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

Late afternoon on a monday, flipping through my 8 chanels of HBO, I found this little number and feel all the richer for it. Good acting and genuine make a shoestring budget feel and slightly implausible plot fade into the recesses of your disbelief. A warm, poignant story about the kind of guy that we can all relate to.


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