Family Business

1989

Family Business

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38%

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27%

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Movie Info

You've probably already guessed that the Family Business in this all-star melodrama is the business of crime. Adapted from a novel by Vincent Patrick, the film stars Sean Connery as Jessie McMullen, the patriarch of a family of career criminals, including his son Vito (Dustin Hoffman) and grandson Adam (Matthew Broderick). Vito has gone legit, but college-educated Adam remains loyal to his grandfather. Reluctantly, Vito joins his father and son on a big-time heist involving millions of dollars' worth of test-tube specimens. There's many a slip-up and betrayal before the three generations can find a common ground.

Cast

Deborah Rush
as Michele
Rex Everhart
as Ray Garvey
John Connell
as Wake "Suit" Cop
B.D. Wong
as Jimmy Chiu
Wendell Pierce
as Prosecutor
James Carruthers
as Court Clerk
Jack A. O'Connell
as Police Lieutenant
Dermot McNamara
as Casket Mourner
John P. Connell
as Wake 'Suit' Cop
Raymond H. Bazemore
as 'Caper' Guard
Conrad Fowkes
as 'Caper' Detective
Hal Lehrman
as Assistant D.A.
Nick Discenza
as Detective
Ed Crowley
as Charlie
Alberto Vazquez
as Prisoner #1
Elizabeth A. Reilly
as Phil's Girlfriend
June Stein
as Diner Waitress
David Warshofsky
as Parking Attendant
Joe Lisi
as Desk Sergeant
Aideen O'Kelly
as Widow Doheny
George Kodisch
as Wake Cop #1
Paul Forrest
as Tenor #2
Kas Self
as Stand-in for Mr. Hoffman
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Critic Reviews for Family Business

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (10)

Audience Reviews for Family Business

  • Jul 24, 2010
    An attempt to make a comedy/drama with great movie stars, but the chemistry blows out in a void and melodramatic screenplay and poor performances.Such a waste.
    Andre T Super Reviewer
  • Feb 21, 2009
    Top cast, but it's all over the place.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Jul 06, 2007
    Three generations of robbers, played by top actors, creates an interesting chemistry and chance for fun scenes. The relationship between the grandson (Matthew Broderick) and his grandfather (Sean Connery) is cool; the spike is with the daddy Dustin Hoffman. There's some sadness to be expected with the fun, however.
    Lafe F Super Reviewer
  • May 13, 2007
    Should have been a much better film. It's all rather bland.
    Steve K Super Reviewer

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