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Household Saints (1993)

Unsettling drama about three generations of Italian-American women struggling to get by in post-World War II New York's Little Italy.

Director:

Nancy Savoca

Writers:

Francine Prose (novel), Richard Guay (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tracey Ullman ... Catherine Falconetti
Vincent D'Onofrio ... Joseph Santangelo
Lili Taylor ... Teresa
Judith Malina ... Carmela Santangelo
Michael Rispoli ... Nicky Falconetti
Victor Argo ... Lino Falconetti
Michael Imperioli ... Leonard Villanova
Rachael Bella ... Young Teresa
Illeana Douglas ... Evelyn Santangelo
Joe Grifasi ... Frank Manzone
Dale Carman Dale Carman ... Father Matthias
John Di Benedetto John Di Benedetto ... Augie Santangelo (as John Dibenedetto)
Marie DeCicco Marie DeCicco ... Rita (as Marie Decicco)
Nancy Marie Nancy Marie ... Cindy Zagarella
Sam Josepher Sam Josepher ... Lorraine
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Unsettling drama about three generations of Italian-American women struggling to get by in post-World War II New York's Little Italy. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for two scenes of sexuality | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

15 September 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ein ganz normales Wunder See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$574,152
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Vincent D'Onofrio and Lili Taylor who play father and daughter in this film previously played love interests in Mystic Pizza (1988). See more »

Quotes

Teresa Carmela Santangelo: My whole life, I used to wonder, what would I do if I really had a vision? How would I act if I actually saw God's face? Would I fall on the floor and start foaming at the mouth like St. Paul? It worried me, it could happen anywhere. What if I was on the subway and started bleeding from my ankles and wrists? If Jesus came, would I have the sense to look for a soft place to fall?
Teresa Carmela Santangelo: But this is what it's like. You don't faint dead away. You don't worry about stigmata dripping blood on the carpet. ...
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Maybe
Written by R. Barrett
Published by Windswept Pacific Entertainment Co.
DBA Longitude Music Co.
Performed by Janis Joplin
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Tragedy and Comedy
10 February 2005 | by luzgannonSee all my reviews

This complex and exceptionally intelligent film about two - or even three - generations of Italian-American women, makes you laugh, makes you cry. Splendid play by Lili Taylor, and Tracey Ullman is great as well. The main theme of the film is the relation of these women to love, and to to their Catholic faith about which this film has much to say, doing so in a rather ironic, yet loving and understanding way. Precisely this mode of detached but understansing irony is general mood of the film: the burlesque and the sentimental is mixed and fused together into an expressive unity, free of contradiction and dissonance: a feat very very rarely achieved by any director. So, in short, and quite simply, this is one of the finest movies I have ever seen.


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