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Family Business (1989)

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An ex professor offers Adam $1,000,000 to "get" some plasma from a high tech company's lab. Adam asks his criminal grandpa for help. Can the 2 convince Adam's now honest dad to join?Let us see what happens.

Director:

Sidney Lumet

Writers:

Vincent Patrick (novel), Vincent Patrick (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Connery ... Jessie
Dustin Hoffman ... Vito
Matthew Broderick ... Adam
Rosanna DeSoto ... Elaine (as Rosana DeSoto)
Janet Carroll ... Margie
Victoria Jackson ... Christine
Bill McCutcheon ... Doheny
Deborah Rush ... Michele Dempsey
Marilyn Cooper Marilyn Cooper ... Rose
Salem Ludwig Salem Ludwig ... Nat
Rex Everhart ... Ray Garvey
James Tolkan ... Judge (as James S. Tolkan)
Marilyn Sokol Marilyn Sokol ... Marie
Thomas A. Carlin Thomas A. Carlin ... Neary
Tony DiBenedetto Tony DiBenedetto ... Phil
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Storyline

Jessie is an aging career criminal who has been in more jails, fights, schemes, and line-ups than just about anyone else. His son Vito, while currently on the straight and narrow, has had a fairly shady past, and is indeed no stranger to illegal activity. They both have great hope for Adam, Vito's son and Jessie's grandson, who is bright, good-looking, and without a criminal past. So when Adam approaches Jessie with a scheme for a burglary he's shocked, but not necessarily uninterested. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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There's nothing like a good robbery... to bring a family together.

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Crime | Drama

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Trivia

Final collaboration of Sir Sean Connery and Director Sidney Lumet. Their others being The Hill (1965), The Anderson Tapes (1971), The Offence (1973), and Murder on the Orient Express (1974). See more »

Goofs

Two stains on the right shoulder area of Adam's jacket appear and disappear during his argument with his father outside the cafe. See more »

Quotes

Jessie: Aww shit, anybody embarrassed about doing time is a goddamn snob. You do your time nice, don't rat anybody out, never take it in the ass, what's there to be embarrassed about huh?
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Almost Like Being in Love
Written by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe
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superficial caper with an unconvincing cast
16 November 2010 | by mjneu59See all my reviews

Sean Connery, Dustin Hoffman, and Matthew Broderick play an unlikely combination of grandfather, father and son in a family held together more by larceny than love. It might be little more than a miscast Hollywood star package gift-wrapped for the holidays, but the otherwise routine caper scenario is given added depth in the script by Vincent Patrick ('The Pope of Greenwich Village'), showing his affection for offbeat New York City characters and allowing a full hour of screen time before the big heist to establish each relationship. Young Broderick idolizes crooked granddad Connery, forcing a reformed Hoffman to reluctantly accompany them on one last job, to protect his overeager, amateur son. The fun and games end when the robbery begins, but under the typically efficient (if unstylish) direction of Sidney Lumet the film never quite sinks to the expected level of melodrama, despite going for the sentimental chokehold in the final scenes.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 December 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Family Business See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,130,024, 17 December 1989

Gross USA:

$12,195,695

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,195,695
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Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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