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.
Rating:
R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Comedy , Drama
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Studio:
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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Cast

Luis Guzman
as Torres
Sean Connery
as Jessie
B.D. Wong
as Jimmy Chiu
Victoria Jackson
as Christine
David Warshofsky
as Parking Attendant
Janet Carroll
as Margie
Rex Everhart
as Ray Garvey
Wendell Pierce
as Prosecutor
Deborah Rush
as Michele
Tom Dillon
as Tenor
Ed Crowley
as Charlie
Willie C. Carpenter
as 'Caper' Cop
Alberto Vasquez
as Prisoner #1
Joe Lisi
as Desk Sergeant
John Connell
as Wake "Suit" Cop
June Stein
as Diner Waitress
John P. Connell
as Wake 'Suit' Cop
Kas Self
as Stand-in for Mr. Hoffman
Nick Discenza
as Detective
Karen Needle
as Denise
George Kodisch
as Wake Cop #1
Paul Forrest
as Tenor #2
Hal Lehrman
as Assistant D.A.
Conrad Fowkes
as 'Caper' Detective
Raymond H. Bazemore
as 'Caper' Guard
James Carruthers
as Court Clerk
Susan Korn
as Margo
Dermot McNamara
as Casket Mourner
Aideen O'Kelly
as Widow Doheny
Elizabeth A. Reilly
as Phil's Girlfriend
Jack A. O'Connell
as Police Lieutenant
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Critic Reviews for Family Business

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (1)

The pleasure is watching Connery shine as a roguish criminal in a story line that never gels.

Full Review… | May 4, 2011
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A terrific seriocomic crime caper that nobody knew how to sell. Often feels like a 1970s movie that somehow ended up in 1989.

October 9, 2005
Fantastica Daily

a bit of a mess

September 18, 2004
Shadows on the Wall

Utterly forgettable, even with its great cast

August 12, 2004
Kalamazoo Gazette

[S]urprisingly compelling...

Full Review… | February 7, 2003
Flick Filosopher

Star-studded cliched rubbish

August 7, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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
Lafe Fredbjornson

Super Reviewer

½

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

Steve K
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
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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