The Bread, My Sweet (2001)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  February 2001 (USA)
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A man proposes to a woman he's met once, all in the same day.



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Eddie (as Billy Mott)
Jennie Martin ...
Rose Bray ...
John Bechtol ...
Rosemary Prinz ...
Jody O'Donnell ...
Marty Sheets ...
Bingo O'Malley ...
Nick Tallo ...
Daniel Stafford ...
Boardroom Guy (as Dan Stafford)
Philip Winters ...
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Dominic works round the clock: nights making biscotti for his family's bakery in a working-class Italian neighborhood in Pittsburgh, then days downtown where he's a specialist in firing people at a company that negotiates mergers. He's thrown for a loop with he learns that Bella, an elderly neighbor who's his family's closest friend, has but a few months to live. All her life, she's saved money in coffee cans for her daughter, Lucca's, wedding, but Lucca is off in foreign lands, initially as a Peace Corps volunteer, and doesn't need a man. Dominic vows to bring Lucca home and convince her to marry him to fulfill Bella's most fervent wish. What will Lucca say? Written by <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


In Italian a good man is a piece of bread.


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexuality, some sexual references and language


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Release Date:

February 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Wedding for Bella  »

Box Office


$600,000 (estimated)

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[Dominic is waking Massimo after Bella has died]
Dominic: [in Italian] I'm sorry, Massimo. But Bella is not in this world this morning. She's sleeping with God.
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Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring
Johann Sebastian Bach
Arranged by Peter Lea Cox
Published by KPM Music Ltd. (BMI)
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call me a softy, I liked it...
13 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Apparently some folks didn't care for this movie. Maybe it was because I caught it on pretty early in the morning, maybe it was my surprise at seeing Scott Baio play someone besides Chachi, but I liked it. I didn't catch the first part, so I'm only sketchy as to how his character became involved in the bakery. I came in when he'd taken Bella to the hospital, but the flick sort of sucked me in and I watched it. Maybe it's not Oscar worthy, maybe Scott Baio's no Pacino, but I found the movie to be likable, the characters to be fairly interesting, and the plot to be believable. I mean, I've seen worse. Lots worse. Like anything with Kevin Costner. At any rate, seeing Baio play ANYBODY besides Chachi (or Charles in Charge) was a good thing. And I loved the little Italian woman playing Bella. Makes me want to be Italian! So in short, if like me, you find yourself up way too early in the morning (or late at night) and you find this is on, there are worse ways to kill time. Just my two cents worth... :-)

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