The Amati Girls (2001)

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This family drama by actress and first-time director Anne DeSalvo centers around four adult sisters who are forced to re-evaluate their situations after tragedy strikes. The oldest of the clan, Grace (Mercedes Ruehl), is called upon to be the tower of strength, even though she is widely perceived to be a replica of their mother Dolly (Cloris Leachman), a woman who, like Grace, has unfailingly devoted much of her life to a husband who doesn't appreciate her as he should. Christine (Sean Young) is separated from her job-obsessed husband Paul (Jamey Sheridan), and contemplates divorcing him even though they have a young daughter. Another sister, Denise (Dinah Manoff), rejects the idea of marriage despite the advances of boyfriend Lawrence (Mark Harmon); youngest sister Dolores (Lily Knight) has become mentally challenged due to an accident, and has trouble relating to her older siblings. Dolores has found a romantic interest, but the family feels she is unable to cope with such an attachment at her age. Through the aid of Dolly's sisters Splendora (Lee Grant) and Loretta (Edith Fields), the family tries to retain its bond and deal with unexpected tragedy.
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PG (For mild language and brief sensuality.)
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Drama
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Cast

Lee Grant
as Aunt Splendora
Sean Young
as Christine
Mark Harmon
as Lawrence
Dinah Manoff
as Denise
Lily Knight
as Dolores
Edith Fields
as Aunt Loretta
Doug Spinuzza
as Armand
Joe V. Greco
as Uncle Frankie
Cassie Cole
as Carla
Asher Gold
as Peter
Matt Winston
as Johnny Barlotta
Sal Viscuso
as Father Dedice
Anna Berger
as Stella
Robert Picardo
as Grace's Doctor
Fred Tucker
as Stage Manager
Carol Ann Susi
as Ticket Seller
Nikki Harris
as Flight Attendant
Maria Cina
as Rockie's Girl
Larrisa Joy
as Italian Class Student
Jay Acovone
as Mr. Moltianni
Michelle Joyner
as Moviegoer
Anthony Pontrello
as Nick the Bartender
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Full Review… | May 19, 2008
Variety
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Full Review… | July 20, 2005
Houston Chronicle
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Full Review… | November 6, 2002
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Full Review… | October 3, 2002
L.A. Weekly
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Full Review… | July 19, 2002
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Full Review… | February 7, 2001
San Francisco Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for The Amati Girls

I watched this movie for the first time Sat March 15th, 2008. It really gave me chills just because it was my family. There were 7 kids in my family, 6 girls and 1 boy (he is the baby). One of my sisters is mental retarded and one died with an aneurysm 11 years ago today March 17th. [font=Helv][size=2] So all we have is our sisters and brother. No kidding this was a movie of my family...I loved it.............[/size][/font] [font=Helv][size=2]North Carolina Ivy Hester [/size][/font]

Ivy Hester
Ivy Hester

A great slice-of-life look into the life of four sisters and their widowed mother in an Italian-American family, dealing with life's ups and downs. Sean Young and Mercedes Ruhl give good performances, but the direction could have been better.

LaGina Phillips
LaGina Phillips

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