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Two Family House (2000)

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A dreamer finds that his wife and friends are binding him to his mediocre existence.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Buddy Visalo
... Mary O'Neary
... Estelle Visalo
... Jim O'Neary
... Chipmunk
... Laura
Louis Guss ... Donato
Rosemary De Angelis ... Marie (as Rosemary Deangelis)
... Danny
Saul Stein ... Anthony
... Angelo
... Gloria
... Tina
... Mr. Cicco
... Mr. Brancaccio
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An unseen narrator looks back to 1956, on Staten Island, when Buddy, an Italian guy with big dreams, buys a house planning to live upstairs with his wife Estelle and run a bar downstairs. The first problem is Estelle's lack of confidence in Buddy. Then, Irish tenants upstairs refuse to move and won't pay rent; plus, the woman upstairs is about to have a baby. The next problem is the baby: once he's born, it's clear his father was Black. The Irish guy splits; Buddy evicts mother and child, then feels guilt and sets her up in a flat while she sorts out an adoption. Estelle's lack of faith, the Irish lass's spirit, Buddy's dream, racial prejudice, and the baby's fate play out. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The only way to find out what you love is to risk everything you have.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Filbert Steps Productions

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27 October 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Casa pentru doua familii  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,316, 8 October 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,015,055, 29 December 2000
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During one shot, the Bayonne Bridge is shown with the Goethals Bridge beyond it, on the right. Adjacent to it, the B&O Arthur Kill Vertical Lift Bridge is shown. This wasn't built until 1959, replacing an older swing bridge. See more »

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Special thanks to ... the people of Bentley Avenue, Jersey City, NJ, ... the people of Port Richmond & Stapleton neighborhoods, Staten Island, NY, ... the crew of The Highlander ... See more »

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References Arthur Godfrey and His Friends (1949) See more »

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Have Another One, Not Me
(1983)
Written by Joe Mooney (as J. Mooney)
Performed by John Pizzarelli Trio
Published by Baby Makes Three / Deganawidah Music / John Bunch Music
John Pizzarelli appears courtesy of Telarc International
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Great Movie
7 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

I just saw this movie on IFC and I loved it!! It has a great story line and the character were well developed and I could really relate to them. I'm glad I came across this, I hope to see it again soon. The story is well developed and I like how the ending turned out. I feel like it is another classic love story, and I'm not one to really like "mushy" films, but this is one is really a classic. I could just feel the main character and his dreams and wanting to 'break out'. I hope I can find the film on DVD or VHS. I like how the story touched on racial issues in the 1950's. I wonder if this is based on a book, because it has alot of focus on characters.


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