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Bloodbrothers (1978)

A young man is torn between following in his brothers' footsteps or striking out on his own.

Director:

Robert Mulligan

Writers:

Richard Price (based on the novel by), Walter Newman (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Sorvino ... Chubby De Coco
Tony Lo Bianco ... Tommy De Coco
Richard Gere ... Stony De Coco
Lelia Goldoni ... Maria
Yvonne Wilder ... Phyllis
Kenneth McMillan ... Banion
Floyd Levine ... Dr. Harris
Marilu Henner ... Annette
Michael Hershewe Michael Hershewe ... Albert
Kristine DeBell ... Cheri
Paulene Myers ... Mrs. Pitt
Gloria LeRoy Gloria LeRoy ... Sylvia
Bruce French ... Paulie
Peter Iacangelo ... Malfie
Kim Milford ... Butler
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Storyline

Louis De Coco, nicknamed Chubby because of his physical build, and Tommy De Coco are middle aged brothers who live by the unofficial code of the immigrant - in their case, Italian - working class in the Bronx, which includes male bonding through machismo, and the wife's place being in the home, getting married to a good girl only after sowing one's wild oats with fun girls. They both work in the construction industry, and are devoted to each other and their collective families in doing what they see best for this collective. Although some of the manifestations are "above the surface", there are many problems within their families bubbling underneath the surface. Tommy and his wife Maria's youngest son, adolescent Albert, has stopped eating, with Tommy and Maria and the family not understanding or taking ownership of his anorexia, anxiety within their family collective the cause. Their oldest son Tommy Jr., nicknamed Stony, has recently graduated from high school and thus has to figure... Written by Huggo

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How do you tell people you love, you have to do it on your own?

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

16 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 May 1979 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

147:e gatan See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Although he is only twelve years older than Richard Gere, Tony Lo Bianco played his father. See more »

Alternate Versions

NBC edited 20 minutes from this film for its 1985 network television premiere. See more »

Connections

Referenced in My Best Friend's Birthday (1987) See more »

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When Irish Eyes Are Smiling
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Written by Chauncey Olcott, Ernest Ball and George Graff
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not as good as the novel but nicely done
16 October 1999 | by barahonaSee all my reviews

First I have to say that the novel Bloodbrothers by Richard Price is one of my alltime favorite books. Usually Hollywood has to make changes to make a movie viable , but in this one changing the book's ending kind of negated the novel's point. This is about a blue collar Bronx family with a long line of tradition as construction workers. Richard Gere in one of his first leading roles plays the sensitive older son who wants to work with children. His macho father, well played by Tony Lo Bianco, pressures him to work construction.Lo Bianco's tyrant character has made his whole family miserable, yet he is never played as a stereotype. The entire cast is good but at times it plays like a blue collar soap opera. If you haven't read the book, the film's highly charged emotions may hit home.

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