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Family Business
Family Business
Actors: Sean Connery, Dustin Hoffman, Matthew Broderick, Rosanna DeSoto, Janet Carroll
Genres: Comedy, Drama
R     2003     1hr 50min

An ageing career criminal and his son, who is currently on the straight and narrow, approach the grandson, who is bright, good-looking, and without a criminal past about a burglary scheme. The grandson is shocked, but ...  more »

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Actors: Sean Connery, Dustin Hoffman, Matthew Broderick, Rosanna DeSoto, Janet Carroll
Genres: Comedy, Drama
Sub-Genres: Comedy, Family Life
Studio: Sony Pictures
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 05/20/2003
Original Release Date: 12/15/1989
Theatrical Release Date: 12/15/1989
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 50min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 2
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, French

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Movie Reviews

With a Family like this...
Bennet Pomerantz | Seabrook, Maryland | 02/08/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Sidney Lumet has directed some of the best actor (Fonda, Connery, Pacino. Holden, Widmark) and the worst (Vin Diesel). However this cute drama/comedy caper is cute at best and not worth his talents. If not for the three leads (Sean Connery, Dustin Hoffman, and Matthew Broderick) who are involved, this film would be forgetable.

Connery plays Jesse, the elder stateman of the McMullin clan who is part irish/part scot. Jesse is also a career criminal who has been out and in of jails. His son Vito (Hoffman) (part scot irish and Italian)was raised in the life of burglary and is trying to go straight with his meat packing business. Vito's son adam (Broderick) (who is part scot/irish/italian and Jewish on his mother's side) was gifted with a silver spoon in his mouth. Adam rather join the family business and be a thief like his Grandfather Jesse. The family dynamic works well with these three leads together, it breaks apart with they do not play scenes like a trio

None of the actors are the weakest link in this film, it lays in the script itself. Lumet uses too many two long shots and two shots to make sure at least two of the trio is always together.

The talent is on the DVD. One could wish one of these films giants or Lumet would have done an audio commentary, but none have come to pass.

So steal this DVD for your collection

Bennet Pomerantz AUDIOWORLD

Great Acting, Great Story, Great Actors, Great Film
Thomas Rogers | Pennsylvania | 09/13/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"You can pick this movie up for a song these days and given that it is over 16 years old now if you haven't seen it yet add this one to your library.

If you want a good drama about a multi-generational dysfunctional family then this movie is for you.

Just buy it, watch it, again and again!"
Gregory Saffady | Michigan | 05/07/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"And Sidney Lumet behind the camera? This had all the earmarks of greatness but FAMILY BUSINESS is what its principal characters are: under achievers. But what great fun! This is Connery chewing scenery ( dinner at Vito's, the prison van, the Pee Wee Grogan story). Vincent Patrick, who wrote the screenplay from his own novel, knows NYC street people and the landscape is genuine. There's worse things to waste 100 minutes on than this."
Robert M. Bonnett | towson, md. | 04/19/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Connery,Hoffman and Broderick is not the typical cast . Would you in your wildest dreams picture Dustin Hoffman as an Italian named Vito? Not only that but Sean Connerys son? Not only that but Matthew Brodericks father? Watch and you will believe! Sidney Lumet is a brilliant director and he pulls this one off beautifully! Its wonderful fun!!!! I enjoyed it tremendously!!!"