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Dominick and Eugene [VHS] (1988)

Tom Hulce , Ray Liotta , Robert M. Young  |  PG-13 |  VHS Tape
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tom Hulce, Ray Liotta, Jamie Lee Curtis, Robert Levine, Todd Graff
  • Directors: Robert M. Young
  • Writers: Alvin Sargent, Corey Blechman, Danny Porfirio
  • Producers: Lee R. Mayes, Marvin Minoff, Mike Farrell
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Digital Video Transfer, NTSC
  • Language: English, Italian
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
  • VHS Release Date: May 26, 1998
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0792899628
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #834,449 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews


Ray Liotta stars as a talented medical intern whose life is stalled due to his devotion to a sweet-natured but retarded twin brother (Tom Hulce). This touching film by Robert M. Young (The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez) may sound like a dreary, made-for-television potboiler, but it is full of interesting moments as Hulce's character--a garbage collector--follows his curiosity about the world and his sibling's new girlfriend (Jamie Lee Curtis). Young really works the bond between the two men: at one point he takes an overhead shot of the brothers showering, and it resembles what they must have looked like together as babies sharing the same womb. Hulce and Liotta are great together; it is easy to believe in every emotion they share. --Tom Keogh

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Heartfelt Tear Jerker with Terrific Performances November 16, 2001
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
WOW. If you've never seen this movie, grab a hankie, or a box of them, and be prepared to be touched through your soul. Ray Liotta proves why he is one of our generation's best actors, while Tom Hulce impresses in a way he hasn't done since "Amadeus." I'm one of those folks who absolutely hated the heart string pulls of "Terms of Endearment" which I found manipulative in a not-so-good-way. This flick, in comparison, never works against the viewer, by making us choose a "bad guy" or be antagonistic towards the victim. Therein lies its beauty - this tale of two brothers refuses to victimize either one of them and is therefore startling in its effectiveness. Critics panned the flick during an era where grown men could not cry and get away with it. Today, the message is just as powerful, only men CAN cry without being labeled as anything less than men. This story of two men whose lives are eternally tied together despite their own challenges, hopes and dreams, is a valentine to brotherhood, fraternity and family. In these times of war, "Dominick and Eugene" reminds us what it means to be a family. A wonderful movie you will treasure forever. Just keep the hankies on hand since you're bound to use them.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brotherly Love and a Great Story November 3, 2001
This is a movie that will leave you changed. A story about two brothers, Dominick (Hulce) a slow-witted garbageman with a heart of gold who supports his Med School brother Eugene (Liotta). These superb actors draw you into their relationship so convincingly that you feel you're witnessing a real life drama instead of a movie. Eugene's love for Dominick is handled with dignity and sensitivity, as he constantly tries to balance his brother's needs with his own. There are so many nuances and revelations in this story that I fear that I can spoil it if I reveal too much of it. Suffice it to say, the purpose of my review is to whet the appetite of the reader without spoiling their dinner. This movie has a lot to say and does so brillantly. Both Hulce and Liotta should have been oscar winners for their performances in this film. Tom Hulce has to be one of the most underrated actors; his performance in "Amadeus" was also brilliant. In that film, he and F. Murray Abraham (best actor) should have both won as best actors. "Dominick and Eugene" is a film that deserves to be owned, it certainly will will get frequent viewings. Highly Recommended!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Guys, don't get the wrong idea about this movie... October 11, 2001
By A Customer
At the time I'm writing this review this film has an average customer rating of 5 stars: perfect, in other words. Is it really that good? Yes, it is really that good. The DVD looks to be without extras of any sort, but it's not that kind of movie anyway.
It is also not a sappy, movie-of-the-week type melodrama, although it would be easy to get that impression. The writing is sharp and sometimes very funny. The cast is terrific, with Jamie Lee Curtis and Todd Graff in supporting parts and the wonderful David Strathairn in a small but key role. Tom Hulce is great as Nicky, but Eugene is in many ways the more difficult part and Ray Liotta is subtle, charismatic and sometimes a little scary as a man with a lot more on his mind than is immediately apparent...
Which brings me to my final point, that this is a subtle, even sneaky film, and it's almost impossible to tell you what's best about it without giving too much away. You could watch the first hour and only have a few hints of what it's really about, but then the film's real subject matter surfaces, suddenly and violently, leading to a climactic confrontation between the brothers which tests both of them and redefines their relationship forever.
And that's about all a spoiler-free review can say, except that this is exactly the kind of movie guys tend to avoid, and a movie every man should see.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Hulce's lovably, heartwarming performance January 15, 2005
Once again Tom Hulce extends his superior talent toward a character who is not only believably real, but who exemplifies the goodness and innocence that lies inside of all human beings. Tom Hulce became my favorite actor after I saw his comical, yet vulnerably inclined performance in Amadeus. It's unfortunate that he has not been recognized for his list of powerful performances with anything but Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations. His ability to take on extremely memorable and complex characters as well as the emotions he imparts through facial expressions is invaluable in an actor and it is one of the features that make Tom Hulce the extraordinary actor he is. He truly embodies the innocence and goodness in Dominick ("Nicky")Luciano. Through Dominick, Hulce instills the importance of the human spirit, emotions, and ties that everyday people are bound to and makes his audience want to search for the uniqueness in every individual.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great Movie September 1, 2001
By kaabee
This movie is great. A fantastic story about a brain damaged sibling working as a trashman to earn money to put his brother through Med School. This is a much better story than Forrest Gump and it's also a much better film. I had seen this movie years before Gump came out and this is everything Gump wanted to be but couldn't be.
The commitment between these two brothers is a wonderful story and shows the depth of character that Hulce can play when portraying a dullard. (He is a much better actor than Tom Hanks). Do yourself a favor and buy or rent this flick, you won't be disappointed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Much better than Rainman
The bond between the brothers and how they let each other grow in their independence is very well done. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jean Christenson
5.0 out of 5 stars Very prompt" and Excellent service"
The dvd I purchased was in good condition. the picture was Good through all the Movie no complaints" real good movie must see" good story of what Happends in the reality of... Read more
Published 4 months ago by mauro macias
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely well-made movie!
The acting, the direction, the storyline....all great. Has become one of our favorites. It's a great lesson in brotherly love.
Published 6 months ago by Donelle Sucarichi
5.0 out of 5 stars New generation
Good Movie . You dont see these kinds of movie any more wherein its about brotherly love. In today's generation this kind of movie would be interpreted as something else.
Published 11 months ago by Richard C. Galang
2.0 out of 5 stars Movie was sold in very poor quality
I don't know why someone would want to sell a product to a customer that is in such poor quality. This movie has scratches all over it and when I opened the package the movie was... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet movie
I always loved this movie because it had a real good story. I loved Ray Liotta and Tom Hulce. Their acting performance is awesome! The story is sad . Read more
Published 15 months ago by onlineshopper3
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching Story of Two Brothers
I'm a huge Ray Liotta fan and he does not disapoint in this film. Tom Hulce is also amazing. I don't want to give too much away, but both characters are wonderful- as is the story... Read more
Published 18 months ago by DRae83
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment
I love this movie but I was disappointed that it was not working right after the 15 minutes of watching it in the DVD player. It was effective and kept on messing up. Read more
Published on April 30, 2012 by Conny
5.0 out of 5 stars Little known movie
I saw Dominique and Eugene on TV once and love it. The story plot is very good and helps one understand family abuse and how the 2 brothers deal with it...EXCELLENT.
Published on February 12, 2012 by Joanne Stevens
5.0 out of 5 stars An odd movie
It is hard at first to know where the story line is going, but it will keep your interest based on that fact. It is not a homoerotic film as some may think. Read more
Published on November 25, 2011 by Darrel Poppino
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