Two Family HouseDirector: Raymond de Felitta
Raymond De Felitta directs this warm, colorful tale about a blue collar dreamer who gets more than he bargained for after buying a two-family house. Set during the 1950s in Staten Island, the film charts the financial failures of Buddy (Michael Rispoli), a nice-guy entrepreneur who has perpetual bad luck. While he was in the army, he sang songs on stage to bolster troop morale. During one performance, he received a warm reception from none other than Arthur Godfrey, who invited him to audition when he got back to the U.S. After the war, Buddy's crushingly pragmatic wife Estelle (Katherine Narducci,) along with her very traditional parents, dissuade him from a life in showbiz. After a decade of living with Estelle's parents and failing repeatedly at one get-rich-quick scheme after another, Buddy buys a rundown house with the idea of refurbishing the second floor for living quarters and the first for a pizzeria where he can sing. Estelle grudgingly goes along with it, secretly hoping that this plan will fail so disastrously that he will stop dreaming and lead a "normal" life. Not until he finalizes the purchase does Buddy realize that the house has a pair of squatters: Jim (Kevin Conway), a drunken Irish immigrant, and his much younger, very pregnant girlfriend Mary (Kelly Macdonald). Buddy tries to evict the recalcitrant drunkard, but he refuses to leave. Just as matters are about to come to fisticuffs, Mary goes into labor. To the surprise of everyone, the child is of mixed raced -- the product of a brief tryst that Mary had with an African-American man a while back. Disgusted and disappointed, Jim shuffles off never to be seen. Buddy hasn't quite the heart to evict a young single mother, nor the strength to resist his wife's perpetual nagging, so he quietly pays for a room in a neighborhood boarding house. Though Mary is initially very mistrustful of Buddy's intentions, the two slowly realize that they are in fact soul mates. This film was highly praised at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival.
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Cast & Crew
|Michael Rispoli||Buddy Visalo|
|Kelly MacDonald||Mary O'Neary|
|Kathrine Narducci||Estelle Visalo|
|Kevin Conway||Jim O'Neary|
|Rosemary de Angelis||Marie|
|Victor Arnold||Mr. Cicco|
|Richard B. Shull||Mr. Brancaccio|
|Raymond de Felitta||Director,Screenwriter|
|Antonio Arroyo||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Adam Brightman||Executive Producer|
|Stephen Endelman||Score Composer|
|Susan Jacobs||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Teresa Mastropiero||Production Designer|
|Liz McGarrity||Costumes/Costume Designer|
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This movie was so heartwarming and lovely. It was so authentic to the period too. My parents loved it so much and identified with the Italian characters. A must see!
I managed to run across this film on the Independent Film Channel one day. I simply fell in love with it.The characters and the story draw you in. Michael Rispoli could not have done a better job at playing a man who never gave up on his dreams despite the objection of family and friends. Kelly MacDonald is charming as the woman who convinces Michael to follow his dreams. The story is simple and the characters are well-rounded. It's the perfect movie to watch any time you feel like your dreams are too impossible to reach. And that love is possible for those who belive!
Having grown up in an Italian neighborhood in Brooklyn, I feel I knew the characters...they are drawn so well. This is a wonderful piece, the acting is marvelous and I highly recommend it. Rispoli, MacDonald, Narducci and company...take a bow!!!
Although I missed about 5 minutes at the very beginning of this movie, it was a wonderful love story and character study. Made me wish there really was a ''Buddy's Place'' on Staten Island, where everyone is treated like somebody and no one is judged based on appearance. It was great to see 2 characters on the surface so very different, find love and understanding where they least expected it. Great Movie, even greater characters! Bravo!
This film for me reminds me that you should never lose sight of your dreams no matter how small and I enjoyed this film very much.
Every now and then you decide to watch a movie that is unknown but engages you from the start. Two Family House is one of those movies. Terrific characters draw you into their stories and make you reminiss about "life." I simply loved this movie and highly recommend it to anyone looking for an uplifting and sweetly sentimental story!