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Household Saints (1993)

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Release Date
• USA: Sep 15, 1993

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Running Time
2 hours, 4 minutes

Country USA

Studio Fine Line Features, New Line Cinema

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Genre: Drama, Religion, School / Campus

Plot: Director Nancy Savoca’s (TRUE LOVE, DOGFIGHT) third film traces the lives of three generations of Italian-American women. In post-World War II New York, Joseph Santangelo (Vincent D’Onofrio) wins Catherine Falconetti (Tracey Ullman) when her father, Lino (Victor Argo), bets her in a pinochle game. To Lino’s surprise, Santangelo takes the bet seriously. Santangelo’s hyperreligious and superstitious mother, Carmela (Judith Malina)--who makes the best sausages around--disapproves of mousy Catherine and is appalled by her cooking. Nevertheless, Catherine and Joseph marry and eventually are blessed with a daughter, Teresa. Even as a child Teresa is a religious zealot, praying for the good of the world and for miracles. As a teenager, Teresa’s (Lili Taylor) devotion borders on fanaticism as she seeks to find the pure and the good in the monotony of performing everyday chores in the tradition of her patron saint. Teresa’s boyfriend (Michael Imperioli) and her parents grow increasingly alarmed by her obsessive behavior and aspirations of sainthood. Based on Francine Prose’s novel of the same name, Savoca’s film is an intelligent look at family, religion, and food in Italian-American culture.

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 Directed by
Nancy Savoca
Dogfight, If These Walls Could Talk, The 24 Hour Woman
 Written by
Richard Guay
The 24 Hour Woman, True Love, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai
Tracey Ullman
Corpse Bride, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Small Time Crooks
Vincent D'Onofrio
Men in Black, Full Metal Jacket, JFK
Lili Taylor
High Fidelity, Ransom, The Haunting
Illeana Douglas
Goodfellas, Cape Fear, Ghost World
Judith Malina
Awakenings, The Addams Family, Music From Another Room
Michael Rispoli
While You Were Sleeping, Rounders, Snake Eyes
Victor Argo
Taxi Driver, True Romance, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai
 Music By
Stephen Endelman
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