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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 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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Approximately one week of the production was shot outside New York City. Those locations included a courthouse in Jersey City, a shopping mall in Spring Valley, and an office complex in Jericho, Long Island. A few additional days of studio work were needed for some of the interiors as well. 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: That's the whole show?
Adam: Yes, unless you want to tell the Pee Wee Grogan story again.
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Referenced in By Sidney Lumet (2015) See more »

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The Tenement Symphony
Written by Hal Borne and Sid Kuller
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This movie taught me a lesson
1 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

I've got to learn to stop believing the studio-generated hype on movie jackets. To look at the summary, Family Business would appear to be a comedy...."laughs and larceny!" Whoever thought this movie is funny has a weird sense of humor. For me, it did not achieve even black comedy status. A couple of gaping holes in the plot almost made me eject it from the player. Were it not for the star power and consummate acting of Hoffman and Connery, I wouldn't have made it through to the end. And it may have been the first time for both of them to play characters we never really get to know. Broderick is wasted on a character that whines throughout the story. Glad I didn't pay full-tilt admission at a theater when this was first released.


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