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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.

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Raymond De Felitta
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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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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.

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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 Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall (1948) See more »

Soundtracks

Dot's Cheesecake
(1995)
Written by John Bunch (as J. Bunch), Bucky Pizzarelli (as B. Pizzarelli),
Bob Haggart (as B. Haggart)
Lyrics by John Pizzarelli (as J. Pizzarelli)
Performed by John Pizzarelli Trio
Published by Baby Makes Three / Deganawidah Music / John Bunch Music
John Pizzarelli appears courtesy of Telarc International
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Wonderful period piece and a gem of a sleeper; Rispoli gives a heart-felt performance that echoes Jackie Gleason
29 April 2004 | by george.schmidtSee all my reviews

TWO FAMILY HOUSE (2000) *** Michael Rispoli, Kelly Macdonald, Katherine Narducci, Kevin Conway, Matt Servitto, Michele Santopietro, Louis Guss, Rosemary DeAngelis, Anthony Arkin, Saul Stein, Vincent Pastore, John Pizzarelli. Rookie filmmaker Raymond De Felitta based this semi-autobiographical nostalgic romantic drama set in Staten Island circa 1956 on his beloved and well-intentioned late uncle with Rispoli as a working stiff who dreams of opening his own bar to sing in with no help from his totally unsupportive wife Narducci sending him into the unlikely arms of the unwed Irish mother of a biracial baby (the very pretty Macdonald) who is a tenant in their recently bought household.

Rispoli gives a heart-felt performance that echoes Jackie Gleason as a beaten upon husband who just wants something better and the rest of the ensemble adds some color to what could have been a retread of 'Moonstruck', its distant third cousin in theory.

Wonderful period piece and a gem of a sleeper.


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Official Sites:

Filbert Steps Productions

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 October 2000 (USA) See more »

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Gross USA:

$1,015,122

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,015,122
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Dolby

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