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Family Business (1989)

Sean Connery , Dustin Hoffman , Sidney Lumet  |  R |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sean Connery, Dustin Hoffman, Matthew Broderick, Rosanna DeSoto, Janet Carroll
  • Directors: Sidney Lumet
  • Writers: Vincent Patrick
  • Producers: Burtt Harris, Jennifer Ogden, Lawrence Gordon
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 20, 2003
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008UALF
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,120 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Academy Award(r) winners Sean Connery (1987 Best Supporting Actor, The Untouchables; Finding Forester) and Dustin Hoffman (1988 Best Actor, Rain Man; 1979 Best Actor, Kramer vs. Kramer) team with Matthew Broderick (Election, Ferris Bueller's Day Off) to play three generations of the same family, intent on FAMILY BUSINESS-burglary. Somehow, some way, they're determined to make crime pay. But the real payoff is seeing these three great stars in a laughs-and-larceny movie treat! Jessie is an aging career criminal who has been in more jails, fights, schemes and lineups than just about anyone else. His son, Vito, while currently on the straight and narrow, has had a fairly shady past and is indeedno stranger to illegal acitivity. They both have great hopes for Adam, Vito's son and Jessie's grandson, who is bright, good-looking and without a criminal past. So when Adam approaches Jessie with ascheme for burglary, he's shocked, but not necessarily uninterested.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars With a Family like this... February 7, 2007
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
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strong story with memorable performances... January 2, 2007
By Radian
Complex study of the dynamic effects of various family pressures that affect the characters...

Sean Connery is excellent as the charismatic type who is irreverent, with a criminal side...

Dustin Hoffman gives a very good performance as the Dad who seems to feel somewhat inadequate competing with the charisma of the Connery character...

Broderick does well as the understated son, who is drawn to Connery's 'fun' rebellious personality...

Terrific performances, film creates a unique atmosphere, the action sequences drive the story to a powerful ending...
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Acting, Great Story, Great Actors, Great Film September 12, 2005
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!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THREE STAR POWER AND..SIDNEY LUMET TOO!! April 19, 2007
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!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple Story/Great Acting May 22, 2012
Didn't know anything about this movie when another family member brought it home from the library. Had low expectations considering it was a Sidney Lumet film with a stellar cast but I'd never heard of it. The story was very simple but the acting was top grade. Lumet got great performances from everyone, but especially Dustin Hoffman and Sean Connery -- one of the best examples of complete immersion into the characters that I can remember witnessing in a film. With less compelling performances this would have been a forgettable film for me, but after watching the film I immediately went to Amazon to add the movie to my collection. I've watched the film several times since, just focusing on the acting performances (to see if I was wrong) and each time I've been further impressed. Everyone is good in this film, but I felt I was educated on the fine art of acting by watching Hoffman and Connery's performances in this film -- and they made it seem so natural and effortless (perhaps the greatest achievement of all). This movie may not be everyone's cup of tea but I'd venture to say that no one would be disappointed after watching it. In my opinion a passed over gem.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars CONNERY,HOFFMAN, BRODERICK...OH MY!!! May 6, 2004
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seller Recommended July 28, 2010
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Great transaction and I recommend seller. Movie is one of Connery's best but not well known performances.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie April 11, 2013
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One of my favorites, I had to own it, , , , , , , , , , , ,
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4.0 out of 5 stars Family Business
Family Business is good. A film starring Sean Connery, Dustin Hoffman and Matthew Broderick, how can it miss?
Published 3 months ago by Eric Simpson
4.0 out of 5 stars Great cast, interesting movie...
The main characters are the reason this movie is as good as it is. Connery, Hoffman and Broderick are a family that is involved and evolves thru crime. Read more
Published 9 months ago by golfer01
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting movie
With these actors, how could it be anything but good? I liked it right up until the end. I won't give a spoiler, but I was absolutely sure it would end differently.
Published 11 months ago by nancym01
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
Excellent movie, wonderful actors. This movie really holds your interest and makes you feel for the characters' situations. I would recommend it.
Published 11 months ago by K. Shorter
1.0 out of 5 stars Pathetic Excuse For A Story.
Another candidate for greatest waste of money and talent on an artistic endeavor.

If a movie can be summed up in one sentence, to which only a bored reaction is... Read more
Published 11 months ago by That's Life
2.0 out of 5 stars It just did not work for me
Given the star power of Sean Connery, Dustin Hoffman and Matthew Broderick, one expects a dynamic film with tense moments leading to captivating scenes. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Charles Ashbacher
3.0 out of 5 stars Has Its Problem
Connery and Hoffman are strong in their respective roles, but the producers seem to have been intent on promoting Broderick's career in this film and they sure failed to impress... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Suppresst
5.0 out of 5 stars great cast
To me what a great cast wow they were all great and this is a must own dvd, i cant seem to find many good dvds from the past in stores any more only online oh well i guess blue ray... Read more
Published on July 22, 2009 by Simon44
5.0 out of 5 stars Family Business DVD
I own this movie and have enjoyed watching it many time and sharing it with my friends & relatives. If you'd like to see another side of Sean Connery, and enjoy the work of the... Read more
Published on April 27, 2009 by Patricia A. Souders
4.0 out of 5 stars family buisiness
i had not seen this movie in years and i realy enjoyed seeing it again
Published on October 10, 2007 by Patrick Mcquain II
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