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Family Business (1989)




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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.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Vincent Patrick, Richard Burridge
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 20, 2003
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


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 Vasquez
as Prisoner #1
June Stein
as Diner Waitress
Elizabeth A. Reilly
as Phil's Girlfriend
David Warshofsky
as Parking Attendant
Joe Lisi
as Desk Sergeant
Aideen O'Kelly
as Widow Doheny
Paul Forrest
as Tenor #2
George Kodisch
as Wake Cop #1
Kas Self
as Stand-in for Mr. Hof...
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Critic Reviews for Family Business

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (6)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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May 13, 2001
Rolling Stone
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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Audience Reviews for Family Business

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 Fredbjornson

Super Reviewer


Should have been a much better film. It's all rather bland.

Steve K

Super Reviewer

Bloody dull drama about a three-generation crime family and this is one of my worst Sean Connery, Dustin Hoffman and Matthew Broderick's movie.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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