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Family Business (1989)




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You've probably already guessed that the Family Business in this all-star melodrama is the business of crime. Adapted from a novel by Vincent Patrick, the film stars Sean Connery as Jessie McMullen, the patriarch of a family of career criminals, including his son Vito (Dustin Hoffman) and grandson Adam (Matthew Broderick). Vito has gone legit, but college-educated Adam remains loyal to his grandfather. Reluctantly, Vito joins his father and son on a big-time heist involving millions of dollars' worth of test-tube specimens. There's many a slip-up and betrayal before the three generations can find a common ground.

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Deborah Rush
as Michele
Rex Everhart
as Ray Garvey
John Connell
as Wake "Suit" Cop
B.D. Wong
as Jimmy Chiu
Wendell Pierce
as Prosecutor
James Carruthers
as Court Clerk
Jack A. O'Connell
as Police Lieutenant
Dermot McNamara
as Casket Mourner
John P. Connell
as Wake 'Suit' Cop
Raymond H. Bazemore
as 'Caper' Guard
Conrad Fowkes
as 'Caper' Detective
Hal Lehrman
as Assistant D.A.
Nick Discenza
as Detective
Ed Crowley
as Charlie
Alberto Vazquez
as Prisoner #1
Elizabeth A. Reilly
as Phil's Girlfriend
June Stein
as Diner Waitress
David Warshofsky
as Parking Attendant
Joe Lisi
as Desk Sergeant
Aideen O'Kelly
as Widow Doheny
George Kodisch
as Wake Cop #1
Paul Forrest
as Tenor #2
Kas Self
as Stand-in for Mr. Hoffman
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Critic Reviews for Family Business

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (1)

All of the scenes establishing the characters and setting up the caper are joyful to watch, mostly because of the rich comic exaggerations of the Connery character.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The pleasure is watching Connery shine as a roguish criminal in a story line that never gels.

May 4, 2011 | Rating: C | Full Review…

A terrific seriocomic crime caper that nobody knew how to sell. Often feels like a 1970s movie that somehow ended up in 1989.

October 10, 2005 | Rating: 4/5

a bit of a mess

September 19, 2004 | Rating: 2/5

Utterly forgettable, even with its great cast

August 12, 2004 | Rating: 1/5

[S]urprisingly compelling...

February 7, 2003 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Family Business

Three generations of robbers, played by top actors, creates an interesting chemistry and chance for fun scenes. The relationship between the grandson (Matthew Broderick) and his grandfather (Sean Connery) is cool; the spike is with the daddy Dustin Hoffman. There's some sadness to be expected with the fun, however.

Lafe Fredbjornson
Lafe Fredbjornson

Super Reviewer


Should have been a much better film. It's all rather bland.

Steve K
Steve K

Super Reviewer

Bloody dull drama about a three-generation crime family and this is one of my worst Sean Connery, Dustin Hoffman and Matthew Broderick's movie.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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