Family Business
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Family Business

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Director: Sidney Lumet

Cast: Sean Connery, Dustin Hoffman, Matthew Broderick

     
 

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You've probably already guessed that the Family Business in this all-star melodrama is the business of crime. Adapted from a novel by Vincent Patrick, the film stars Sean Connery as Jessie McMullen, the patriarch of a family of career criminals, including his son Vito (Dustin Hoffman) and grandson Adam (Matthew Broderick). Vito has gone legit, butSee more details below

Overview

You've probably already guessed that the Family Business in this all-star melodrama is the business of crime. Adapted from a novel by Vincent Patrick, the film stars Sean Connery as Jessie McMullen, the patriarch of a family of career criminals, including his son Vito (Dustin Hoffman) and grandson Adam (Matthew Broderick). Vito has gone legit, but college-educated Adam remains loyal to his grandfather. Reluctantly, Vito joins his father and son on a big-time heist involving millions of dollars' worth of test-tube specimens. There's many a slip-up and betrayal before the three generations can find a common ground.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
This intriguing mixture of crime caper with family melodrama from director Sidney Lumet is one of the New York auteur's most underrated films, a delightful blend of character development, funny dialogue, and an absorbing story. Unfortunately, the film is hampered badly by two chronic and greatly debilitating problems that it never overcomes. The first is the film's puzzling, wildly inappropriate score. The true story behind the soundtrack's creation and employment must be a fascinating one, so utterly wrong in tone, style, and usage is it for the material. More than a handful of wonderfully written, acted, and shot scenes in the film are sabotaged by the dippy, simple-minded tunes that overwhelm everything in their trite path. If Jaws (1976) is one of the best examples of how much a great, coherent score can add to a film, then this is one of the finest examples of how bad compositions can ruin one. Then there's the less annoying but still problematic situation inherent in the film's casting; quite simply, Sean Connery, Dustin Hoffman, and Matthew Broderick look absolutely nothing alike and couldn't pass for distant cousins much less three generations in one family. Lumet tries hard to explain the disparity with lots of cutesy side commentary about the family's crazy quilt of mixed ethnicity. Admittedly, it's a device that relates with clever symbolism to the genetic object of the family's theft scheme. It also soaks up a lot of the film's first act and feels after it's brought up for the umpteenth time like desperate posturing, an overly self-conscious effort to explain some dream casting. Family Business (1989) is a film that so nearly succeeds, it's painful to watch. A John Williams score and a few lines about adoption would have solved this film's problems and left viewers with a memorable, entertaining minor classic.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/20/2003
UPC:
0043396100503
Original Release:
1989
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Surround]
Time:
1:53:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Digitally mastered audio & anamorphic video; Remastered in high definition; Widescreen; English Dolby Surround; English and French subtitles; Theatrical trailers; Scene selections; Interactive menus

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sean Connery Jessie McMullen
Dustin Hoffman Vito McMullen
Matthew Broderick Adam McMullen
Rosanna de Soto Elaine McMullen
Janet Carroll Margie
Victoria Jackson Christine
Bill McCutcheon Doheny
Deborah Rush Michele Dempsey
Marilyn Cooper Rose
Salem Ludwig Nat
Rex Everhart Ray Garvey
James Tolkan Judge
Marilyn Sokol Marie
John Connell Wake "Suit" Cop
Conrad Fowkes "Caper" Detective
Dermot McNamara Casket Mourner
Thomas A. Carlin Neary
Tony di Benedetto Phil
Isabell Monk Judge
Wendell Pierce Prosecutor
James Carruthers Court Clerk
Jack A. O'Connell Police Lieutenant
Luis Guzman Torres
William Preston Flask Mourner
Raymond H. Bazemore "Caper" Guard
Willie C. Carpenter "Caper" Cop
B.D. Wong Jimmy Chiu
Hal Lehrman Assistant DA
Nick Discenza Detective
Ed Crowley Charlie
Arthur Pierce Convict
Alberto Vazquez Prisoner #1
June Stein Diner Waitress
David Warshofsky Parking Attendant
Joe Lisi Desk Sergeant
Elizabeth A. Reilly Phil's Girl Friend
Paul Forrest Tenor #2
Karen Needle Denise
Susan Korn Margo
Aideen O'Kelly Widow Doheny
George Kodisch Wake Cop
Kas Self Stand-in for Mr. Hoffman
John Capodice Tommy
Tom Dillon Tenor

Technical Credits
Sidney Lumet Director
Andrzej Bartkowiak Cinematographer
Gary J. Brink Set Decoration/Design
Richard Burridge Screenwriter
Cy Coleman Score Composer
Joe Cranzano Makeup
Lawrence Gordon Producer
Burtt Harris Producer
Ilona Herman Makeup
Sonny Kompanek Musical Direction/Supervision
Arnon Milchan Producer
Andrew Mondshein Editor
Peter Odabashian Sound Editor
Jennifer Ogden Producer
Vincent Patrick Screenwriter
Tom Priestley Camera Operator
Philip Rosenberg Production Designer
Ann Roth Costumes/Costume Designer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [2:30]
2. Passover Seder [4:21]
3. Raising Jessie's Bail [3:21]
4. The Bail Hearing [3:17]
5. Catching Up [4:31]
6. Family Values [6:41]
7. Weekend Deadline [2:44]
8. Julio [2:12]
9. Denny's Wake [3:05]
10. Family Business [6:18]
11. Margo & Denise [2:45]
12. Christine's Gimmick [3:31]
13. The Peewee Grogan Story [6:08]
14. Breaking & Entering [6:45]
15. "This Is It" [3:29]
16. The Heist Goes Awry [4:30]
17. Depressed Over His Loss [3:19]
18. Michele Dempsey, Attorney [4:42]
19. Building Character [1:39]
20. In Margie's Apartment [4:59]
21. Breaking the News to Elaine [5:38]
22. A Word With Jimmy Chiu [2:27]
23. "Vito Ratted You Out" [:43]
24. The Sentencing [7:17]
25. Adam's Gripe [1:37]
26. Visiting Days [6:29]
27. "We Are Some Family" [2:54]
28. Jessie's Wake [5:41]

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