Family Business

Synopsis: Jessie is an aging career criminal who has been in more jails, fights, schemes, and lineups than just about anyone else. His son Vito, while currently on the straight and narrow, has had a fairly shady past and is indeed no stranger to illegal activity. They both have great hope for Adam, Vito's son and Jessie's grandson, who is bright, good-looking, and without a criminal past. So when Adam approaches Jessie with a scheme for a burglary he's shocked, but not necessarily uninterested.
Genre: Crime, Drama
Director(s): Sidney Lumet
Production: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Rotten Tomatoes:
110 min

All right. Is it serious?

It's a bar fight. But it's

an off-duty cop he whacked.

He whacked a cop?

Is the guy hurt?

Well, Grandpa says he

"kicked the bull's ass...

...the length of the bar

and halfway down 10th Ave."

When is he gonna let up?

Oh, Christ.

Well, what the hell, it's nice

to know I have strong genes.

Hope I'm getting pinched

for bar fights in my 60s.

Just remember, Adam,

along with those strong genes... father passes on a lot

of other crap to go with it.

- So stay away from him.

- He's not looking to hurt me.

No, he's not, but it'll happen anyway.

He'll spend the night in the can.

Fine with me.

- Lend me $800.

- Forget it.

I stood bail for him three years ago.

I haven't heard from him since.

- I don't stand bail for Jessie anymore.

- You're not.

I'm borrowing the money.

I've got $200, I'd like 800 more.

- So it's for you?

- Right.

Adam, the last year

my mother was alive...

...I was 7 years old. Okay?

Jessie took me along Christmas Eve

to buy a tree, right?

Near midnight we're passing an

Esso station up near Riverdale...

...and right on top of the garage is

a perfect, all lit-up Christmas tree.

So Jessie hits the brakes and he says,

"Wow, what a score, it's even got lights."

Wait a minute.

I'm standing lookout, I was 7 years old,

while he climbs up the drainpipe...

...and pulls down the tree,

lights and all.

What's so funny?

I got a dozen stories like that.

Like helping him rob Lionel trains

out of Macy's when I was 12 years old.

He's working there, I had to cut school

because he decided... take a box of engines out.

Thought he'd get money for it.

- What happened?

- It doesn't matter what happened.

- Just know who you're dealing with.

- All right, all right.

- That's eight.

- Thanks.

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Vincent Patrick

Vincent Patrick is the author of the cult crime novels The Pope of Greenwich Village and Family Business. He adapted both novels for the screen. The Pope of Greenwich Village, directed by Stuart Rosenberg and starring Eric Roberts, Mickey Rourke and Daryl Hannah, was released in 1984. Family Business, directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Sean Connery, Dustin Hoffman and Matthew Broderick, was released in 1989. Patrick also served as a screenwriter on many movies, including Beverly Hills Cop, The Godfather Part III, and The Devil's Own. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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