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Writer (WGA):
Raymond De Felitta (written by)
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Release Date:
27 October 2000 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Michael Rispoli ... Buddy Visalo

Kelly Macdonald ... Mary O'Neary

Kathrine Narducci ... Estelle Visalo

Kevin Conway ... Jim O'Neary

Matt Servitto ... Chipmunk

Michele Santopietro ... Laura
Louis Guss ... Donato
Rosemary De Angelis ... Marie (as Rosemary Deangelis)

Anthony Arkin ... Danny
Saul Stein ... Anthony

Vincent Pastore ... Angelo

Sharon Angela ... Gloria
Ivy Jones ... Tina
Victor Arnold ... Mr. Cicco
Richard B. Shull ... Mr. Brancaccio
Nick Tosches ... Hotel Clerk

Jack O'Connell ... Mr. Mahoney

Gerry Bamman ... Mr. Pine

Barbara Haas ... Mrs. Genova

Marshall Efron ... Tiny

Joseph R. Gannascoli ... Counter Guy
Robert Fitch ... Drunken Guy

Peggy Gormley ... Miss Dimunjik

Richard V. Licata ... Mr. Asippi (as Richard Licata)
Soja Moore ... Baby
Bijon Moore ... Baby
Shaidai Mingo ... Older Baby
John McLaughlin ... Arthur Godfrey (as John Mclaughlin)
John Pizzarelli ... Julius LaRosa
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Frank Whaley ... Narrator (uncredited)

Directed by
Raymond De Felitta 
Writing credits
Raymond De Felitta (written by)

Produced by
Adam Brightman .... executive producer
Bernie DeLeo .... associate producer (as Bernie Deleo)
Anne Harrison .... producer
Al Klingenstein .... producer (as Alan Klingenstein)
Jim Kohlberg .... executive producer
Original Music by
Stephen Endelman 
Cinematography by
Michael Mayers (director of photography)
Film Editing by
David Leonard 
Casting by
Sheila Jaffe 
Julia Kim 
Georgianne Walken 
Production Design by
Teresa Mastropierro 
Set Decoration by
Dina Varano 
Costume Design by
Liz McGarrity 
Makeup Department
Matt Garber .... assistant makeup artist (as Matthew Garber)
Red Johnson .... assistant makeup artist
Claus Lulla .... key hair stylist
Roxanne Manzano .... assistant hair stylist
Nuria Sitja .... key makeup artist
Dina Sliwak .... assistant hair stylist (as Dina Sliwiak)
Production Management
Adam Brightman .... unit production manager
Eitan Hakami .... post-production supervisor
Jill Rubin .... additional unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Louis Guerra .... additional second assistant director
Dylan Hopkins .... second assistant director
Alyson Latz .... second second assistant director
Amy Lynn .... first assistant director
Art Department
Tamar Abigador .... art department intern
Jennie Berman .... leadman
Sally Bonython .... props production assistant
Fritz Buehner .... additional carpenter
Lisa Dent .... on-set dresser
Barry Devine .... props production assistant
Ted Fairchild .... second assistant props
Chelsea Fetzer .... art department coordinator (as Chelsea Lemon Fetzer)
Julia Foug .... designer: Filbert Steps logo
Charles Freidman .... additional carpenter
Luna Hirai .... scenic charge
Carolyn F. Horst .... scenic artist
Borys Jakymovych .... graphic artist (as Borys Jarymovych)
Josh Kanter .... carpenter
Emily Klimkiewicz .... art department intern (as Emily Klimliewicz)
Irina Kromayer .... art department intern
David Lyerly .... assistant props
Luca Novelli .... art department assistant
Diana Partyka .... art department intern
Jose Pavon .... set dresser
Diana Puntar .... master carpenter
Evan Rossiter .... props production assistant
Ariel Enriquez Saulog .... graphic artist
Leigh Sellinger .... additional scenic
Moira Shaughnessy .... additional set dresser
Jennifer Sirey .... property master
Derek Stenborg .... additional scenic
Marc Stuart .... scenic artist
Ben Telford .... set dresser
Pierre Vial .... additional set dresser
Sound Department
Antonio L. Arroyo .... sound mixer
Nancy Cabrera .... foley artist
Tammy Douglas .... boom operator
Patrick Dundas .... foley engineer
Dave Fisher .... assistant sound editor
Chen Harpaz .... supervising sound editor
Kevin Lee .... dialogue editor
Geoff Lippman .... consultant: Dolby Sound (as Geof Lipman)
David Novak .... adr engineer
Dominick Tavella .... sound re-recording mixer (as Dominick 'The Dominator' Tavella)
Steven Visscher .... foley editor (as Steve Visscher)
Adam M. Goldstein .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Adam M. Goldstein .... effects editor (uncredited)
Manny Siverio .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Jeffrey L. Baker .... first assistant camera
Jonathan Beck .... second assistant camera
Ruark Behan .... dolly grip
Matt Blades .... best boy grip
Hugo Bonilla .... additional electric
Libby Cassinelli .... additional electric (as Libby Casinelli)
Ryan Cooke .... additional grip
Kathleen Corgan .... camera loader
Matt Craig .... additional electric
Jesse Cummings .... 24 frame playback
Theresa Dillon .... still photographer
Johnny Erbes-Chan .... key grip
Gregory Finkel .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Matthew Ford .... best boy electric
Michael N. Green .... additional electrician (as Mike Green)
Tom Guiney .... additional grip
Shawn Harkins .... crane operator
Alan Jacobsen .... gaffer
Ani Karougian .... loader
Paul Kaye .... electric
Marc Kroll .... camera operator: "b" camera
Deidre Lally .... third electrician
Scott Maher .... additional electric
James 'Otis' Mayfield .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as Jim Mayfield)
Jesse McLean .... company grip
Steven C. O'Neill .... additional grip (as Steven O'Neill)
Quinn Pawlan .... additional electrician (as Quinn K. Pawlan)
Jake Pollock .... additional grip
Jeffrey Seckendorf .... camera operator: "b" camera
Amy Silverman .... first assistant camera
Alan Smith .... additional electric
Andy Thomas .... additional key grip
Seamus Tierney .... additional electric
Bryan Wachtel .... additional electric
Cliff Weisner .... additional gaffer
Timothy Wood .... additional electric
Casting Department
Debbie Sheridan .... extras casting associate
Katharina Eggmann .... casting associate (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Danita Knight .... wardrobe supervisor
Stephanie Sowa .... wardrobe intern
Laura Wehrman .... wardrobe assistant
Dawn Weisberg .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Elizabeth Heeden .... assistant editor (as Liz Heeden)
Fred Heid .... color timer
Maria Lilja .... editing intern
Tina Pacheco .... assistant editor
Joe Violante .... coordinator: Technicolor
Michael Williams .... assistant post-production supervisor
Music Department
Stephen Endelman .... orchestrator
James Flatto .... additional music editor
Christopher Guardino .... additional orchestrator
Christopher Guardino .... arranger: additional music
Greg Hesselink .... musician: cello
Bohdan Hilash .... orchestra contractor
Will Holshouser .... musician: accordian
Susan Jacobs .... music supervisor
John Pizzarelli Trio .... composer: additional music
Christopher Kennedy .... music editor
Garry Rindfuss .... music recording engineer (as Gary Rindfuss)
Antoine Silverman .... musician: violin
Raymond Stewart .... musician: tuba
Adam M. Goldstein .... music and effects track set-up (uncredited)
Adam M. Goldstein .... music editor (uncredited)
Sonny Kompanek .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Jim Buckman .... parking coordinator
Jared Cauliffe .... talent driver
Other crew
Laurie Allen .... assistant: Mr. Endelman
Brian Benedict .... military consultant
Walter Burns .... set intern
Adam Carr .... assistant: Mr. De Felitta
Mike Conte .... office production assistant
Sean William Cunningham .... production assistant (as Sean Cunningham)
Kenneth Davis .... additional production assistant
Katrina Elliott .... location scout (as Katrina Elliot)
Michael Espinosa .... set production assistant
Harry Tappan Heher .... location scout (as Tappan Heher)
Ishmael Hendricks .... parking coordinator
Petra Hoebel .... location scout
Aubrey Isakson .... unit production assistant
Terri Jackson .... assistant production office coordinator
Jule Ann Jappe .... location manager (as Jule Jappe)
Nicholas Kaelin .... office intern
Nancy Kolomitz .... set production assistant
Clover Lalehazar .... assistant: Mr. De Felitta (as Clover Lalehzar)
David M. McGuire .... production assistant (as David McGuire)
Livia Monte .... production office coordinator
Melissa Myers .... production assistant
Tomas Piche .... office intern
Jeremy Rizzi .... production assistant
Sean Schaeffer .... stand-in
Felicia Standel .... key set production assistant
Janique Torres .... office intern
Steven Weisberg .... assistant location manager
David Welch .... script supervisor
Rory Wilson .... additional production assistant
Duannesse Wright .... office production assistant (as Duannese Wright)
Elizabeth Zagrany .... production accountant (as Beth Zagrany)
Jared Cauliffe .... production assistant (uncredited)
Sherry Brennan .... special thanks
Dorothy De Felitta .... special thanks
Frank De Felitta .... special thanks
Frank Whaley .... special thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
Rated R for language and brief sexuality
108 min | Spain:109 min
Sound Mix:
Singapore:M18 | Spain:7 | USA:TV-MA (TV rating) | USA:R (certificate #37166)

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Anachronisms: This movie is set in 1956. However, we see the Staten Island Ferryboat "The Gov. Herbert H. Lehman", which didn't go into service until the mid-1960s.See more »
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12 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Apartment for rent in private home in Staten Island, 25 September 2005
Author: jotix100 from New York

Raymond DeFelitta, the director of the current release, "The Thing About my Folks", working with his own material, created this wonderful film, which should be seen more often. Unfortunately, when this film first came out, it had wonderful notices, but alas, it disappeared too soon for us to catch up with it. Thanks to HBO, the film was shown recently and it proved to be worthy of the praise we had heard about.

The story takes place in the fifties. The characters at the center of the film, are basically Italian-Americans living in Staten Island. Buddy and Estelle Visalo, are the owners of a two family house in need of repairs. The upstairs apartment has been rented to an Irish couple, Mary and Jim, who are going through a rough moment in their lives.

Buddy, with the help of his friends from the tavern that is the social meeting point of the neighborhood, is trying to evict the couple upstairs, after it's clear they are up to no good and can't pay the rent. It proves to be too late because Mary begins her labor pains and Estelle, who doesn't like the woman, helps in the delivery. But horror of horrors, the little baby proves to be much more than what Mary was expecting, and Jim abandons her.

The Italian landlord develops a friendship toward Mary, who he succeeds in evicting, but feels terribly about it. He rescues her from the flea bag hotel where she is staying since her own sister doesn't want her. Buddy finds, and pays, for an apartment for Mary and her son. It's clear that Buddy and Mary go from a friendship into a relationship that will change their lives forever.

The film works because the charismatic work of Michael Rispoli, who as Buddy, is a man with a heart of gold. Mr. Rispoli is an actor that is always good, no matter what character he plays. Also the movie has an inspired performance by Kelly MacDonald. Ms. MacDonald does good work as Mary. The supporting cast, Kartherine Narducci, Kevin Conway, Matt Servitto, Vincent Pastore, and the rest, are perfect.

We look forward future endeavors by Raymond DeFelitta, who proves with this film he can tell a story that involves the viewer in more ways than some others. "Two Family House" is a small movie, with a big heart!

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