New York Times - 02/19/1993
"...Rich in characters and scenes....Intensely romantic..."
Sight and Sound - 01/01/1994
"...Well crafted, carefully assembled, and never less than solid....It is exemplary, with the acting uniformly excellent..."
USA Today - 02/19/1993
Film Comment - 07/01/1992
"...John Turturro's writing-directing debut is powerfully funny..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 03/05/1993
"...The movie exists close to the ground....Turturro has been acting in movies now for nearly a decade....There is no mistaking him for anyone else..."
The sons of an Italian immigrant struggle to retain their father's integrity in 1950's America where such values are already beginning to erode. A deeply personal yet universally appealing story of family loyalty and sibling rivalry.
This film is based on the life of the director's father, Niccolo "Mac" Turturro, a dedicated artisan who built houses and a successful carpentry business from the ground up. When their father dies, brothers Mac and Vito Vitelli continue to work side by side on a construction site and to live at home with their mother and younger brother Bruno. At work, Mac's a fastidious craftsman, but his painstaking efforts put him at odds with the foreman, Polowski, a quick and careless builder. Disgruntled, the Vitelli brothers go into business for themselves. But it isn't long before Mac starts working his brothers too hard, becoming an exacting, inflexible foreman. Yet Mac refuses to compromise his high standards as he struggles to fend off debt and complete his company's first set of row houses. But it may cost him more than he ever bargained for.
Family Interaction |
Produced by Macfilm Productions. This is actor John Turturro's directorial debut.
Shot in Technicolor.
Rated BBFC 18 by the British Board of Film Classification.