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Uncle Nino (2003)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Family  -  21 October 2003 (USA)
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A distant, slightly dysfunctional family is brought closer together when the father's long-estranged Uncle Nino comes from Italy to Chicago for a surprise visit.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pierrino Mascarino ...
Uncle Nino
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Robert
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Marie
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Bobby
Duke Doyle ...
Bones
Daniel Adebayo ...
Joey
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Gina
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Stewert
Abby Sher ...
Pet Store Worker
John Judd ...
Store Worker
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Craig (as Michael Stahl David)
Shanesia Davis-Williams ...
Lorita (as Shane Williams)
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Ellen
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MC
Marilyn Dodds Frank ...
Store Customer
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A distant, slightly dysfunctional family is brought closer together when the father's long-estranged Uncle Nino comes from Italy to Chicago for a surprise visit.

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Rated PG for language and some teen smoking | See all certifications »

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The film premiered in a theater in Grand Rapids, MI. While the film received minimal advertising, it became a surprise sleeper hit. It remained in that theater for over a year until it was finally released nationwide in early 2005. See more »

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The Little Movie That Could!!!!!!
8 February 2004 | by (Rockford, MI) – See all my reviews

The MOST AMAZING THING is happening here in Grand Rapids, MI! A tiny, shoestring- budgeted, independently produced film has absolutely CAPTURED the mind and soul of all who are packing the theaters in which it is being shown in very limited release. The movie is "Uncle Nino", written and directed by Robert Shallcross. Movie patrons are raving that it is the kind of movie that Disney used to make, that you can take you whole family (from your kids to your parents!) to see and not begrudge the $6 each and popcorn. The amazing part is that word of mouth alone is selling the tickets - there is no advertising, no studio support or hype, no money at all behind its success. The only thing at work here is pure enjoyment of a story about something with which we are all familiar - the importance of love and family. Even though one knows from the first frame how it all will end, getting the message in such a sweet and endearing package, without sex or off color language, is a pleasure that one doesn't often get in today's entertainment market. Fine performances by stars Joe Mantegna and Ann Archer deliver the story with wit, humor and insight. But it is Pierrino Mascarino who infuses it with its heart. As Uncle Nino, Mascarino, as the long forgotten relative who pays the family an unexpected and life altering visit, creates a character who, though flawed, irascible and naïve, is able to bring a family in silent crisis back to their center simply by demonstrating the power and importance of love. It is sad that neither my family in Lansing nor my family in Seattle can see and enjoy `Uncle Nino', because it may never reach theaters near them. But families Grand Rapids can still see it and bring their families, and even meet `Uncle Nino' in person!! Do it now before it is too late!!


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