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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

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.

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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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

Three weeks of rehearsal, in a large hall, on New York City's Lower East Side, preceded the start of principal photography on November 14, 1988. It had been Sidney Lumet's practice since his work in the early days of live television to factor a lengthy rehearsal period into the production schedule of all his movies. Dustin Hoffman commented: "In a sense, you've killed the first three weeks with most movies because it usually takes that long before people start letting others into their lives. At the start of any film there is a kind of barrier separating the actors. The way Sidney works, with a lengthy rehearsal time prior to the production, you're at a place when you start shooting that you wouldn't be in most other pictures until you were halfway through them." Sidney Lumet said: "One of the reasons for my vaunted speed is because of the rehearsals. It's an irreplaceable process for me, a process of discovery, a process of getting to know the actors. When we get on the set, an awful lot has already been locked into place for us." See more »

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When Jessie McMullen confronts Jimmy Chiu in his car, he calls him by his real name (Wong). See more »

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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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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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