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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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Raymond De Felitta
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Rispoli ... Buddy Visalo
Kelly Macdonald ... Mary O'Neary
Kathrine Narducci ... Estelle Visalo
Kevin Conway ... Jim O'Neary
Matt Servitto ... Chipmunk
Michele Santopietro ... Laura
Louis Guss Louis Guss ... Donato
Rosemary De Angelis Rosemary De Angelis ... Marie (as Rosemary Deangelis)
Anthony Arkin ... Danny
Saul Stein ... Anthony
Vincent Pastore ... Angelo
Sharon Angela ... Gloria
Ivy Jones ... Tina
Victor Arnold ... Mr. Cicco
Richard B. Shull ... Mr. Brancaccio
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Storyline

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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Official Sites:

Filbert Steps Productions

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 October 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Casa pentru doua familii See more »

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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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Filbert Steps Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Goofs

This movie is set in 1956. However, we see the Staten Island Ferryboat "The Gov. Herbert H. Lehman", which didn't go into service until the mid-1960s. See more »

Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

References Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall (1948) See more »

Soundtracks

Lonely For You
(ca 1960)
Written by Frank De Felitta (as Frank DeFelitta)
Performed by Andrew Poretz
Also Sung a bit by John Pizzarelli (uncredited)
Published by Empty Dawn Music
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Charming Look at Life After War Time in NYC
28 October 2005 | by noraleeSee all my reviews

It seemed strange to see the decidedly outer-borough "Two Family House" at an expensive Manhattan movie theater, until during the opening credits two old ladies sat in front of me, put their coats on the two seats between them, and proceeded to loudly comment on the proceedings to each other throughout the whole movie.

Much like the friends of the protagonists do in this very sweet yet honest depiction of post-WWII life on Staten Island when an off-islander disrupts the quotidian.

While it drags a bit here and there, and the voice-over narration sometimes re-states the already visually obvious, the very New York characters (including one played by "Pussy" of "The Sopranos") are real people in real situations and realistic traps. This is less schmaltzy than Barry Levinson's Baltimore nostalgia-fests.

Filmed in Staten Island, Jersey City and Bayonne, the settings are accompanied by lovely period music by the John Pizzarelli Trio (who also does a cameo appearance as Julius LaRosa).

This is one of those small, charming indie movies that seems to be a labor of love, like a jewel of a short story.

(originally written 10/14/2000)


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