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Bloodbrothers (1978)

R | | Drama | 6 January 1979 (Italy)
A young man is torn between following in his brothers' footsteps or striking out on his own.

Director:

Robert Mulligan

Writers:

Richard Price (based on the novel by), Walter Newman (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Sorvino ... Chubby De Coco
Tony Lo Bianco ... Tommy De Coco
Richard Gere ... Stony De Coco
Lelia Goldoni ... Maria
Yvonne Wilder ... Phyllis
Kenneth McMillan ... Banion
Floyd Levine ... Dr. Harris
Marilu Henner ... Annette
Michael Hershewe Michael Hershewe ... Albert
Kristine DeBell ... Cheri
Paulene Myers ... Mrs. Pitt
Gloria LeRoy Gloria LeRoy ... Sylvia
Bruce French ... Paulie
Peter Iacangelo ... Malfie
Kim Milford ... Butler
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Storyline

Louis De Coco, nicknamed Chubby because of his physical build, and Tommy De Coco are middle aged brothers who live by the unofficial code of the immigrant - in their case, Italian - working class in the Bronx, which includes male bonding through machismo, and the wife's place being in the home, getting married to a good girl only after sowing one's wild oats with fun girls. They both work in the construction industry, and are devoted to each other and their collective families in doing what they see best for this collective. Although some of the manifestations are "above the surface", there are many problems within their families bubbling underneath the surface. Tommy and his wife Maria's youngest son, adolescent Albert, has stopped eating, with Tommy and Maria and the family not understanding or taking ownership of his anorexia, anxiety within their family collective the cause. Their oldest son Tommy Jr., nicknamed Stony, has recently graduated from high school and thus has to figure... Written by Huggo

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How do you tell people you love, you have to do it on your own?

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 January 1979 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

A Father's Love See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Although he is only twelve years older than Richard Gere, Tony Lo Bianco played his father. See more »

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NBC edited 20 minutes from this film for its 1985 network television premiere. See more »

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Features Enter the Dragon (1973) See more »

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When Irish Eyes Are Smiling
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Although the film is now 40 years old, the issues are still current and this families interactions are still very real
22 October 2018 | by Ed-ShullivanSee all my reviews

I just watch Bloodbrothers for the first time and I was quite impressed that the individual stories of each of the six (6) De Coco family members struck me as very real and heart felt. The two (2) senior middle aged De Coco male family members brothers Tommy (Tony Lo Bianco) and Chubby (Paul Sorvino) were especially well acted.

Tommy DeCoco's family is comprised of his troubled and mentally unstable wife Phyllis (Yvonne Wilder), and their two sons, ten (10) year old Albert (Michael Hershewe) who lives in fear of his mother's continued insistance that Albert is too thin and must eat more, and their adult 22 year old son Stony (Richard Gere) who is on the cusp of making the biggest decision in his young life, which is his chosen career path. Stony's father Tommy wants his son Stony to follow in his Italian heritage work path which is in construction, but what Stony really wants to do is to work with young children, most likely as an extension of the love and care he outwardly provides continually to his younger and troubled little brother Albert.

Tommy's brother Chubby, (Paul Sorvino) is filled with life and much love for his brother Tommy's entire family. In a very sombre moment in the middle of the film Chubby shares with the local wheelchair bound barkeeper Banion (Kenneth McMillan) why him and his wife do not have any children of their own and why Chubby is so deeply attached to his brother Tommy's two (2) children.

There are also strong supporting roles by actors Yvonne Wilder, Kenneth McMillan, Kristen DeBell, Floyd Levine, and Marilu Henner. The interaction between Richard Gere and Marilu Henner helped both actors lead very succesful subsequent film careere.s Although the film runs for less than two (2) hours in length there is a lifetime of memories to capture our attention. Two such memorable examples are the birthday celebration of barkeeper Banion, and the family trip by car that everyone has to wear their Sunday best for as Tommy and Chubby surprise their respective families with what they have purchased for their families future use.

This is a film that is a classic and is worthy of a much higher IMDB rating. Maybe some families just cannot face reality, I for one embrace both the love and hardship almost all blue collar families are confronted with in our daily lives.

I give Bloodbrothers a most deserving 9 out of 10 rating


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