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Family Business (1989)

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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... See full summary »

Director:

Sidney Lumet

Writers:

Vincent Patrick (novel), Vincent Patrick (screenplay)
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Cast

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

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 December 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Negocios de familia See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,130,024, 17 December 1989, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$12,195,695
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

When Vito leaves the lawyer's office in the parking lot he asks the attendant if he saw a Cadillac Fleetwood leaving. The car they were driving was actually an Eldorado. See more »

Quotes

Jessie: Hey, you bald-headed prick! Don't you ever get caught on the take. Because if you wind up in any joint I'm in, you'll leave feet first.
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Referenced in Parker Lewis Can't Lose: Jerry's First Date (1991) See more »

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The Tenement Symphony
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A surprising story, complete with a sadly, happy ending . . .
17 September 1999 | by dspiresSee all my reviews

Good acting. I was quite surprised with the end result. Three blockbusters with an excellent supporting cast.

Seeing that this was Connery and Hoffman, billed together with Broderick, I was expecting a real thriller. Ouch! Sitting way out in the audience, even I had to think. This film is a brain-teaser from start to finish, and gently plucks at the emotions. When you rent it, or go to see it, pay attention.

A criminal family, torn between right and wrong? How could this be?

Cute, innocent Victoria Jackson, as Christine, plays Matthew Broderick's, Adam's, fiancée, and is revealed to be someone even lower than this three-generation family of thieves.

Fascinating, ironic, clever, well done . . .


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