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The Bread, My Sweet (2001)

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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John Seitz ...
Massimo
Kim Martin ...
Customer
Zachary Mott ...
Eddie (as Billy Mott)
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Pino
Jennie Martin ...
Maude
Rose Bray ...
Rose
John Bechtol ...
Jeffrey
Rosemary Prinz ...
Bella
Jody O'Donnell ...
Preston
Marty Sheets ...
Liz
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CEO
Nick Tallo ...
Bomba
Daniel Stafford ...
Boardroom Guy (as Dan Stafford)
Philip Winters ...
Dr. Wahl
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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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In Italian a good man is a piece of bread.

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexuality, some sexual references and language
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$600,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,021,479, 23 February 2004
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Quotes

[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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The Circle of Nuts
Written by Susan Hartford
Published by Syntrax Music (ASCAP)
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A sweet film - take it for what it is
22 May 2003 | by See all my reviews

Yeah, sure, you can say that this film is stereotypical. But being Italian myself, and coming from an Italian family, I have to say that this film was not stereotypical - atypical maybe. But if you want to bemoan this film for it's racial designations and characters, you might want to see "My Big fat Greek Wedding" first. You want stereotypical? That film will give it to you. It covered each and every cliche' possible, and everyone laughed. So what?

TBMS is a good film. It's lighting can be off at times, and the camera work is slightly jumpy, but I still believe it's better than a lot of boring hollywood productions I have seen as of late. The story is original, and if anyone wants to say that the acting was "wooden", you might want to take a look at the performance by Rosemary Prinz; it's impressive, and is not cliched like Greek Wedding; she actually seems like she's from Italy. Scott Baio is impressive in a role that only he could play, and at least he's Italian, dammit! How many more films do I have to see with someone playing an ethnicity they know nothing about? Baio thankfully jumped into this role, adding a touch of flavor to a role that probably would have been occupied by someone boring and overblown.

The rest of the supporting cast is well-played, with the exception of "Sister Grace", who was probably pulled off the street and thrown into a Nun's uniform. John Seitz plays Massimo beautifully; he reminds me of oh so many old Italians I have known.

And finally, this film does for me what many never accomplish; it made me feel like I was in the environment it took place in. If you want Italians to be "touchy-feely" all the time, go see something else. Italians are gruff, loud, and self-centered, but inside most all of us have big hearts and want to take care of those around us. This film portrays that characteristic well, and if you didn't cry, tough luck, I guess you really are wooden. I'm going to go eat some Biscotti.


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