Family Business

5.71 h 53 min1989R
Sean Connery, Dustin Hoffman, and Mattew Brodrick star in this funny family saga of three generations of criminals uniting for one big caper.
Sidney Lumet
Sean ConneryDustin HoffmanMatthew Broderick
English [CC]
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Janet CarrollVictoria Jackson
Lawrence Gordon
TriStar Pictures
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291 global ratings

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David C.Reviewed in the United States on April 22, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
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The movie The acting the casting Sean Connery Dustin Hoffman Matthew Broderick the movie was underrated not giving enough attention it was their loss excellent five stars have another look at it you'll see what I'm talking about
David E. BaldwinReviewed in the United States on February 11, 2018
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Underrrated Lumet Film
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Another film sadly neglected in its day that deserves revaluation. The offbeat nature of this work probably resulted in its lukewarm critical and box office reception. I think what was off putting at the time was its curious ethnic casting. We have to accept Dustin Hoffman as Sean Connery's son. In turn we have to buy Hoffman as a Sicilian Scotsman. Not the least Latina Rosana Desoto plays a Jew. These are such adept actors, however, that you quickly suspend disbelief. Vincent Patrick successfully adapts his source novel much like he did with "The Pope of Greenwich Village" released earlier in the decade. "Family Business" is essentially an exploration of family bonds. For better or for worse the bonds that tie the McMullens is larceny. Ultimately, though, what is revealed is it isn't so much the money its the thrill of planning and pulling off the caper. Sean Connery is an absolute lifeforce as gregarious patriarch Jesse. Hoffman is appropriately subdued as the cautious Vito. Matthew Broderick continues his graduation to adult roles as the bored scholar Adam looking for excitement in his life. If memory serves Broderick followed this up with terrific work in Edward Zwick's "Glory" rightfully considered a masterpiece. How can you dislike a film that serves up not one but two memorable Irish wake scenes? Anybody following the trajectory of director Sidney Lumet's will recognize that "Family Business" is a piece with his canon.
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Action/Suspense FanReviewed in the United States on May 27, 2021
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So-So Movie
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I guess it depends on what you like. We watched this until the end, but I could have closed the movie half way through and not been sorry.
Ed KeatonReviewed in the United States on September 5, 2018
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"Family Business" is just as good as the novel!
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The 1989 comedy-drama, "Family Business", was to me, a very well-done film! This film was adapted from the 1985 novel of the same name, by author, Vincent Patrick. I own, and have read the Pocket Books novel, and I enjoyed both the book & the film immensely. Although I've detected a few slight variances between the book, and the film. For example, Sean Connery's character of Jessie McMullen, in the book, is of Irish ancestry. However in the film, Jessie is of Scottish ancestry. Also in the book, Jessie, Vito, and Adam, went to California in order to commit the caper. But in the film, it was a biology lab located in Nassau County, Long Island, New York, where the caper commenced.
Joseph E Solis JrReviewed in the United States on April 14, 2021
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Can’t wait to watch dvd. Thank you having delivered way ahead of schedule. It was very much appreciated.
A. FreemanReviewed in the United States on December 17, 2020
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Sleeper Hit with a great cast!
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This movie with Sean Connery, Dustin Hoffman and Matthew Broderick is a great story with a great cast. A little hidden gem!
DonnaReviewed in the United States on January 10, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Been there and done that
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This is the second time I have seen this video, but it was fun to watch again.
thirdtwinReviewed in the United States on August 12, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
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In spite of all the bad reviews this sleeper film has a stellar cast shown in their prime and is actually an interesting character study even if the plot is somewhat ridiculous on the face of it. Worth a look for the actors and characterization.
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