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Household Saints (1993)

Unsettling drama about three generations of Italian-American women struggling to get by in post-World War II New York's Little Italy.

Director:

Nancy Savoca

Writers:

Francine Prose (novel), Richard Guay (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tracey Ullman ... Catherine Falconetti
Vincent D'Onofrio ... Joseph Santangelo
Lili Taylor ... Teresa
Judith Malina ... Carmela Santangelo
Michael Rispoli ... Nicky Falconetti
Victor Argo ... Lino Falconetti
Michael Imperioli ... Leonard Villanova
Rachael Bella ... Young Teresa
Illeana Douglas ... Evelyn Santangelo
Joe Grifasi ... Frank Manzone
Dale Carman Dale Carman ... Father Matthias
John Di Benedetto John Di Benedetto ... Augie Santangelo (as John Dibenedetto)
Marie DeCicco Marie DeCicco ... Rita (as Marie Decicco)
Nancy Marie Nancy Marie ... Cindy Zagarella
Sam Josepher Sam Josepher ... Lorraine
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Unsettling drama about three generations of Italian-American women struggling to get by in post-World War II New York's Little Italy. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for two scenes of sexuality | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Vincent D'Onofrio and Lili Taylor who play father and daughter in this film previously played love interests in Mystic Pizza (1988). See more »

Quotes

Teresa Carmela Santangelo: My whole life, I used to wonder, what would I do if I really had a vision? How would I act if I actually saw God's face? Would I fall on the floor and start foaming at the mouth like St. Paul? It worried me, it could happen anywhere. What if I was on the subway and started bleeding from my ankles and wrists? If Jesus came, would I have the sense to look for a soft place to fall?
Teresa Carmela Santangelo: But this is what it's like. You don't faint dead away. You don't worry about stigmata dripping blood on the carpet. ...
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Connections

References Last Year at Marienbad (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

Sanctus and Agnus Dei
Performed by Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica, Atchison, Kansas
Conducted by Sister Joachim Holthaus
Courtesy of Credence Cassettes
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I Believe It!
3 January 1999 | by JRabbitSee all my reviews

As a Catholic and graduate of a Catholic grammar school, this movie was particularly nostalgic. While I never knew anyone whose faith was quite as strong as Lili Taylor's character, I was indoctrinated in "Saint Lore". Lili Taylor was perfectly believable as the serene beautified girl who loves Jesus and is visited by him under ordinary circumstances. Lili Taylor's smile and calmness would be a great joy and comfort to anyone. Yes, I bought the movie in its entirety and cannot find a critical word to offer. If other viewers find joy in organized religion, this is the movie for believers regardless of faith. Also, If you like Lili Taylor's work, you will not be disappointed.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

15 September 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Household Saints See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$712,418

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$712,418
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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