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The Bread, My Sweet (2001)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | February 2001 (USA)
A man proposes to a woman he's met once, all in the same day.


Melissa Martin


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Baio ... Dominic
John Seitz John Seitz ... Massimo
Kim Martin Kim Martin ... Customer
Zachary Mott Zachary Mott ... Eddie (as Billy Mott)
Shuler Hensley ... Pino
Jennie Martin Jennie Martin ... Maude
Rose Bray Rose Bray ... Rose
John Bechtol John Bechtol ... Jeffrey
Rosemary Prinz Rosemary Prinz ... Bella
Jody O'Donnell Jody O'Donnell ... Preston
Marty Sheets Marty Sheets ... Liz
Bingo O'Malley ... CEO
Nick Tallo ... Bomba
Daniel Stafford Daniel Stafford ... Boardroom Guy (as Dan Stafford)
Philip Winters Philip Winters ... Dr. Wahl


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Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


In Italian a good man is a piece of bread.


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexuality, some sexual references and language


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English | Italian

Release Date:

February 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Wedding for Bella See more »


Box Office


$600,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,021,479, 23 February 2004
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Did You Know?


The Enrico Biscotti Bakery is owned and operated by Director Melissa Martins husband. Massimo and Bella are also based on the actual residents who lived above the bakery. See more »


Dominic: You people eat such crap. I mean, what... When does this expire? What's in it? Mono... I mean this is... I don't even know what this is.
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Written by Franz Schubert
Performed by Rachel McCartney
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Italian heritage is warm and wonderful
29 May 2002 | by thepugs105See all my reviews

This movie was so wonderful. My family was very close to Gemma, and she was indeed a wonderful person. She was an amazing woman, and we often made the comment "They don't make women like that anymore!" She was kind, considerate, and a true symbol for our Italian heritage. My family knows how important family and friends are and we try to carry on the traditions of the old world Italian's. The seven fish Christmas-Eve dinner is the most spectacular evening of the year. I'm sure one of our recipes came from Gemma. This movie is so warm and wonderful, I can't wait to buy it. Hats off to the producers, directors, and actors. Thank you, thank you, thank you.....

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