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Bloodbrothers (1978)

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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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?

Genres:

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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When Irish Eyes Are Smiling
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Written by Chauncey Olcott, Ernest Ball and George Graff
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Gere's movie all the way
17 August 2000 | by Boyo-2See all my reviews

Richard Gere had a great year in 1978. He was getting alot of attention from "Looking for Mr. Goodbar", "Days of Heaven" and this movie. I enjoyed this movie very much and that was in large part to the performance of Gere. He plays a nice kid who only wants to work with children and be nice to his little brother, but his Dad (Tony LoBiano) is a macho construction worker who wants his son to be a bad-ass like him. His uncle (Paul Sorvino) is not much more understanding, but he is a little more human than the father. Gere's mother is also very frustrated by the father's inhumanity. There is a subplot involving a bartender (the late Kenneth McMillan) who cannot reach out to his gay son. The theme of the movie is understanding, compassion and love and Richard Gere as 'Stony' personifies these qualities perfectly. I have not read the novel by Richard Price, and I probably should since he is one of my favorite authors.


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