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Household Saints (1993)

Unsettling drama about three generations of Italian-American women struggling to get by in post-World War II New York's Little Italy.

Director:

Nancy Savoca

Writers:

Francine Prose (novel), Richard Guay (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tracey Ullman ... Catherine Falconetti
Vincent D'Onofrio ... Joseph Santangelo
Lili Taylor ... Teresa
Judith Malina ... Carmela Santangelo
Michael Rispoli ... Nicky Falconetti
Victor Argo ... Lino Falconetti
Michael Imperioli ... Leonard Villanova
Rachael Bella ... Young Teresa
Illeana Douglas ... Evelyn Santangelo
Joe Grifasi ... Frank Manzone
Dale Carman Dale Carman ... Father Matthias
John Di Benedetto John Di Benedetto ... Augie Santangelo (as John Dibenedetto)
Marie DeCicco Marie DeCicco ... Rita (as Marie Decicco)
Nancy Marie Nancy Marie ... Cindy Zagarella
Sam Josepher Sam Josepher ... Lorraine
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Unsettling drama about three generations of Italian-American women struggling to get by in post-World War II New York's Little Italy. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for two scenes of sexuality | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

15 September 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ein ganz normales Wunder See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$712,418

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$712,418
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Vincent D'Onofrio and Lili Taylor who play father and daughter in this film previously played love interests in Mystic Pizza (1988). See more »

Quotes

Teresa Carmela Santangelo: My whole life, I used to wonder, what would I do if I really had a vision? How would I act if I actually saw God's face? Would I fall on the floor and start foaming at the mouth like St. Paul? It worried me, it could happen anywhere. What if I was on the subway and started bleeding from my ankles and wrists? If Jesus came, would I have the sense to look for a soft place to fall?
Teresa Carmela Santangelo: But this is what it's like. You don't faint dead away. You don't worry about stigmata dripping blood on the carpet. ...
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Connections

Featured in Hollywood vs. Religion (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

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Written by R. Barrett
Published by Windswept Pacific Entertainment Co.
DBA Longitude Music Co.
Performed by Janis Joplin
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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A Nice Surprise
6 April 2005 | by VelvetUnderpantsSee all my reviews

I first saw this movie in a small "art theater" with a friend. I found it deeper than expected, funnier than expected and an all around enjoyable movie.

It was a nice surprise to find a small film that spoke so largely about life and what it (life) means to us individually. One need not be catholic or Christian, Italian or ethnic to appreciate the layers of understanding and perspective that the characters birth on-screen.

For myself, and my friend, it opened a dialog. We related to the characters in different ways. As we shared what we experienced, we learned that we wanted to see the film again. I wanted to see what she had seen, and she wanted to see what I had seen. We did agree on one thing: We both found the film to be a jewel.


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