Valentine Casey is a Marshal in the desolate Tucson territory of the early 1900s. On Christmas Eve, his outlaw family pays him a disturbing visit. He must confront the sins of his past. He ... See full summary »
Billy Bob Thornton,
Jimmy is married to the abusive Frank, but she's building a nest egg so she can leave. For a year, she's been deaf as a result of one of his beatings. One night, he pushes her over the ... See full summary »
Set in the 1950s, Rough Magic tells the story of what happens when a pretty apprentice magician goes to Mexico to escape her fiancé, a wealthy politician, and to find a Mayan shaman who ... See full summary »
An aspiring singer, Denise Waverly/Edna Buxton, sacrifices her own singing career to write hit songs that launch the careers of other singers. The film follows her life from her first break... See full summary »
When Juvenal, a presumed miracle worker, appears on the scene Bill Hill attempts to exploit him but his plans go astray with the untimely intervention of August Murray and the developing ... See full summary »
An expatriate American doctor in London allows herself to lighten up when her freewheeling younger sister and a mysterious man enter her life. Her inhibitions released, the beautiful doctor learns that freedom has its own price.
Jack comes back to town for his brothers funeral and finds things have changed. His brothers suicide is a little suspicous and he begins to investigate. A developing relationship with his ... See full summary »
Claudia, a girl who gets around, finally lands her dream man in Mickey. However, Mickey's friend Dobbs spoils their nuptial plans when the thugs of a Vietnamese gangster that he has robbed,... See full summary »
A reporter (Bridget Fonda) gets the scoop on the first ever human cloning, but the furor surrounding the event jeopardizes the baby's birth and the career of the doctor (Mary Beth Hurt) responsible for creating the clone.
Mary Beth Hurt,
Truly lovely, funny and sweet; as Bridget Fonda's last film, she is great and so, so beautiful
In New Jersey, there are two well-established fireworks manufacturers. Family Bazzini, led by Pops (Giancarlo Giannini) concocts many innovative designs and has the whole family, including his wife Contessa (Talia Shire) working in their large shop. The other folks, the Zitos, are helmed by Tough Mama (Anna Maria Alberghetti) and a bevy of sons. Yet, the Zitos are always out to buy or steal recipes from the Bazzinni's, because they recognize that Pops is a superior inventor. Also, their financial position becomes more precarious when Pops Jr dies in a tragic accident at the shop, while having a clandestine affair. His widow, Val (Bridget Fonda), blonde and smart, is not Italian like the rest but totally committed to the family. Her only child, Bobby, refuses to speak after his dad's death. Aha, Mama Zito, sensing an opportunity, sends one of her sons to try and get Val out on a date, and, perhaps, get married in time. Yet, other things may throw her off kilter. Pops, still grieving and angry at this lost son, writes to his family back in Italy and begs for a creative cousin to come take his child's place. This Giovanni (Stanley Tucci), thwarted in love, has attempted clumsy suicide after suicide, with no luck. A strolling cafe violinist, he seizes on this new invitation to change his life. Once installed in family Bazzini, its obvious that Giovanni has eyes immediately for Val and that he may be able to bring young Bobby out of his traumatic silence. More importantly, with the Zitos breathing down their necks, can Giovanni provide the spark needed to invent the "best" fireworks in the region? This lovely, sweet, and funny film is a total treat. Yes, there may be some stereotypes of Italian Americans involved but weren't there some in other movies such as Moonstruck? The cast is wonderful, too, with Tucci transforming himself into a bumbling Italian while its so fabulous to see Giannini, Shire, and Alberghetti on screen. Most lovely of all is Fonda, who made this movie her last. She looks so beautiful as the blonde surrounded by brunettes and she gives a most touching and strong performance. In addition, the scenery, costumes, lively script and direction provide a most enjoyable film experience. Want to add a bit of fireworks to your life some future evening? Get The Whole Shebang and sparks will light up your sky.
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