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Format: DVD
Sku: 40223328
UPC: 031398836926
UPC 14: 00031398836926
Category Keywords: Romance  Theatrical Release
Rating: Game Rating Code
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The only way to find out what you love is to risk everything you have.
Michael Rispoli plays Buddy Visalo, a factory worker with big dreams and a tendency to be unsuccessful in translating those dreams into reality. Once an aspiring singer hoping to emulate his idol, Julius La Rosa of the "Your Hit Parade" television show, Buddy now lives in Staten Island with this unwaveringly pragmatic wife, Estelle (Katherine Narducci). With the purchase of a dilapidated old house, Buddy hopes to turn the building into a downstairs tavern where he can perform while he and Estelle live upstairs. However, they soon discover it inhabited by two previous tenants: an irascible drunk Irishman named Jim O'Neary (Kevin Conway) and his much younger, very pregnant wife, Mary (Kelly Mcdonald). In spite of his initial intentions to drive the couple out, the kind-hearted Buddy eventually befriends Mary after she gives birth and is abandoned by her husband. Gradually, their friendship turns to love based on their mutual need for support. Buddy must eventually make a choice about his true loves in life in this touching and affecting romantic comedy.

"One of the best. A marvel!  Newsday

Editor's Note
Set in the urban backwater of Staten Island in the 1950s, TWO FAMILY HOUSE tells the story of Buddy Visalo (Michael Rispoli), who dreams of singing stardom but is forced to face the struggles of an ordinary life. After his one shot at making the big time is nixed by his fiancée, Estelle (Katherine Narducci), he tries to settle into married life, but he never manages to subdue his overarching ambition to be a star. Buddy launches a string of failed ventures before eventually pinning his hopes on a run-down house, where he plans to open a bar and be the star attraction. But between his wife's control-freak urges and his tenants' refusal to vacate the house, nothing goes as planned. However, in his campaign to evict the couple that rents from him--a pregnant young Irish beauty (Kelly Macdonald) and her abusive, drunk husband (Kevin Conway)--he finds the one sympathetic soul in his life. And again he is forced to choose between his sense of duty and his heart.

Writer and director Raymond De Felitta (CAFÉ SOCIETY) approaches the story of TWO FAMILY HOUSE with humor and affection, wihout shying away from the uglier realities of working-class life. While the well-trodden film terrain of New York's Italian-American communities is a tough place to shine, both the director and the outstanding ensemble cast keep the broad strokes to a minimum, which is what propels this story beyond the confines of its small world.


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Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Lions Gate
Video Release Date Release Date: 7/22/2003
Video Play Time Running Time: 109 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2000
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 8369-D
Video UPC UPC: 00031398836926
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Katherine Narducci
Video Cast Info Kelly McDonald
Video Cast Info Kevin Conway
Video Cast Info Michael Rispoli
Video Cast Info Raymond DeFellitta - Director
Video Cast Info Michael Mayers - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Stephen Endelman - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Adam Brightman, et al. - Producer
Video Cast Info Raymond DeFelitta - Writer
Plot Summary
In TWO FAMILY HOUSE, Buddy Visalo (Michael Rispoli) has a master plan: he'll buy a duplex, live on the top floor with his wife, Estelle (Katherine Narducci), and turn the ground floor into a popular jazz club. The only problem is, the house that Buddy buys already has occupants, and one of them is a pregnant young Irish woman whose abusive husband gives her little support. The two families must learn to live together and support each other, despite their differences and unrealized dreams.

Professional Reviews

New York Times
"...A sweet, wise, heartwarming sleeper written and directed by Raymond De Felitta..." 10/06/2000 p.E20

USA Today
"...Raymond De Felitta infuses his low-budget effort with a mellow feel [and is] good with expressing tender emotions..." -- 3 out of 4 stars 10/06/2000 p.6E

Entertainment Weekly
"...Sundance-style filmmaking at its most successful -- personal with universal undertones, told with an unobtrusive flair..." -- Rating: A- 10/27/2000 p.88

Box Office
"...[De Felitta] maintains a solid visual context and emotional tone. It's outstanding work all around..." 10/01/2000 p.71

Rolling Stone
"...De Felitta creates something wonderfully funny and touching....Nicely done all around..." 10/26/2000 p.122

Los Angeles Times
"...[With] rich, rueful humor, poignancy and tenderness....A film of rare, delicate sensibility..." 10/06/2000 p.C20

James Berardinelli's ReelViews 8 of 10
One of the most refreshing aspects of Two Family House is that it doesn't feel the need to go through all of the obligatory (and predictable) plot contortions mandated by most romances. Buddy and Mary don't endure the Big Breakup caused by the Big Misunderstanding, which, in turn, is followed by the Bigger Reunion. Their relationship has its share of complications, but they're not the run-of-the-mill stumbling blocks that we see in nine out of ten mainstream films. That's only one of many reasons why Two Family House is worth seeing. Forget the voiceover and concentrate on what the characters are saying and doing, and the payoff will be worth the effort. - James Berardinelli

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Rispoli,Michael
Product attributeLabel:   Trimark Home Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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