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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 lineups than just about anyone else. His son Vito, while currently on the straight and narrow, has had a ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jessie
... Vito
... Adam
... Elaine (as Rosana DeSoto)
... Margie
... Christine
... Doheny
... Michele Dempsey
Marilyn Cooper ... Rose
Salem Ludwig ... Nat
... Ray Garvey
... Judge (as James S. Tolkan)
Marilyn Sokol ... Marie
Thomas A. Carlin ... Neary
Tony DiBenedetto ... Phil
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Jessie is an aging career criminal who has been in more jails, fights, schemes, and lineups 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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15 December 1989 (USA)  »

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Negocios de familia  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$12,195,695
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The film was made and released four years after its source novel, by Vincent Patrick, had been first published. Patrick also penned the screenplay for the movie. See more »

Goofs

When the Detective is fingerprinting Adam's left hand, he starts with the little finger and proceeds to the thumb. The correct procedure is to always start with the thumb on either hand and proceed to the little finger. 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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Red Roses for a Blue Lady
Written by Roy C. Bennett and Sid Tepper
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Underrated
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This movie got a lot of bad reviews and is that well known. I don't know why. Each of the actors (whom I am all big fans of) put forward an amazing portrayal of their characters. The plot was not steady because it was a situational film in with the basis of the plot seems to change from each major occurrence in the film (noticed in many Woody Allen films). I thought that the movie had a lot to say about respect, morals, family values and trying to differentiate right from wrong under tense circumstances. This is definitely a must see if you are a fan of any of the three headliner stars in this film. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll enjoy it.


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