Mac (1992)



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Actor John Turturro spent a dozen years getting his script for Mac before the cameras; he'd originally planned to merely act in the film, but the stringent budget required that he direct as well. Turturro plays Mac, one of three grown brothers in an Italian/American family living in 1950s New York. His other siblings are would-be "macho man" Vico (Michael Badalucco) and idealistic Bruno (Carl Capatoro). All three are unhappily employed at a construction firm run--badly--by Olek Krupa. Convinced he knows more about the business in his little finger than Krupa does in his whole carcass, Mac sets up his own construction company, wooing away most of Krupa's employees. On the verge of great success, Mac finds that his brothers are unwilling to commit themselves to his new business, a fact that causes an irreparable schism in their relationship. Co-starring in Mac as John Turturro's wife is the real-life Mrs. Turturro, Katherine Borowitz.


Critic Reviews for Mac

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (2)

Mac is admirable, but too rarely inspiring or entertaining.

Apr 25, 2018 | Full Review…

Like his role model Cassavetes, Turturro, paying tribute to his carpenter father, expresses as much affection for the craft of the actor as for the craft of the blue-collar laborer-hero who takes tremendous pride in his work and class.

Aug 21, 2006 | Rating: B | Full Review…

...Turturro does a fantastic job of establishing this blue-collar world...

May 23, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

An intense consideration of work, a subject that is routinely given short-shrift by most American filmmakers.

Jul 12, 2003 | Full Review…

Much of the film's narrative is muddled and disjointed.

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Mac


A blue-collar New Yorker forms a construction business with his brothers. John Turturro is a gifted actor, and in this film he shows himself a capable director. There are some flashy moments of meaningless close-ups, but most of his shots are framed well, and the actors all deliver strong performances. The story highlights the plights of the working class, and though my political sympathies rest with Turturro's, the film's plot becomes a muddle of cliches, and it's easy to figure where the film is heading before it gets there. Overall, Mac is not a horrible film, and working class people can identify with its characters, but ultimately the story isn't very strong.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

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I have an affection for this film, but there are still parts that bother me. The entire cast does a great job. Michael Baladucco gives an amazing performance and John Turturro is fantastic. The only character I hated and thought was completely useless was Ellen Barkin's character and even though I saw the idea behind it, I really could of done without her being in the movie. There are some genius scenes that I connected with on a lot of levels. The ideals behind the movie are ones that I thought were very interesting and there were some things I wish I could have seen more of. You can tell that Turturro took some great ideas from some directors that he had worked with, the only problem being that he has Spike Lee's taste for letting certain things play out too long. Again, really well acted and shot well, but the tacked on ending really kills me (although I liked the dialogue).

Tim Sigur
Tim Sigur

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A nice little indie film.

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer


The kind of movie one would expect directed by an actor. Great performances by the whole cast in a touching, dramatic story.

Christopher  Brown
Christopher Brown

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