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Two Family House (2000)

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A dreamer finds that his wife and friends are binding him to his mediocre existence.

Director:

Raymond De Felitta
3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Rispoli ... Buddy Visalo
Kelly Macdonald ... Mary O'Neary
Kathrine Narducci ... Estelle Visalo
Kevin Conway ... Jim O'Neary
Matt Servitto ... Chipmunk
Michele Santopietro ... Laura
Louis Guss Louis Guss ... Donato
Rosemary De Angelis Rosemary De Angelis ... Marie (as Rosemary Deangelis)
Anthony Arkin ... Danny
Saul Stein ... Anthony
Vincent Pastore ... Angelo
Sharon Angela ... Gloria
Ivy Jones ... Tina
Victor Arnold ... Mr. Cicco
Richard B. Shull ... Mr. Brancaccio
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Storyline

An unseen narrator looks back to 1956, on Staten Island, when Buddy, an Italian guy with big dreams, buys a house planning to live upstairs with his wife Estelle and run a bar downstairs. The first problem is Estelle's lack of confidence in Buddy. Then, Irish tenants upstairs refuse to move and won't pay rent; plus, the woman upstairs is about to have a baby. The next problem is the baby: once he's born, it's clear his father was Black. The Irish guy splits; Buddy evicts mother and child, then feels guilt and sets her up in a flat while she sorts out an adoption. Estelle's lack of faith, the Irish lass's spirit, Buddy's dream, racial prejudice, and the baby's fate play out. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The only way to find out what you love is to risk everything you have.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The final film of Richard B. Shull. See more »

Goofs

When Mary was shopping for groceries to make dinner for Buddy, on the shelf was "Victoria Vodka Sauce". Vodka Sauce was not available in the 1950s. See more »

Crazy Credits

Special thanks to ... the people of Bentley Avenue, Jersey City, NJ, ... the people of Port Richmond & Stapleton neighborhoods, Staten Island, NY, ... the crew of The Highlander ... See more »

Connections

References Arthur Godfrey and His Friends (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

La donna è mobile (Woman Is Fickle)
from "Rigoletto" (1851)
Written by Giuseppe Verdi
Under license from Naxos of America
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Unexpected treasure
25 September 2005 | by linda-foxSee all my reviews

I like many things about this movie, not the least is a cast of nearly unknowns. Being from the western US, the community of Staten Island was completely unknown to me and a departure from the New York I've seen in depicted in most movies. I found the story, while not startlingly original, well told and the characters mostly believable. I reluctantly have to admit that some characters -- especially the fifties housewives -- are more stereotypical than I would have liked, comporting with most east coast Italian coming of age movies we all have seen.

I was delighted that the story stopped short of being maudlin while still telling a story with a moral about perseverance and risk taking. I think others will find the story to be believable and wonderful.


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Official Sites:

Filbert Steps Productions

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 October 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Two Family House See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,015,122

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,015,122
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Dolby

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Color
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