Bloodbrothers


1h 56m 1978
Bloodbrothers

Brief Synopsis

A young man's drive to teach causes a rift with his family of construction workers.

Film Details

Also Known As
Blood Brothers
MPAA Rating
Genre
Drama
Release Date
1978
Location
New York City, New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 56m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)

Synopsis

A family is divided when one of the younger sons decides that he wants to teach instead following in the footsteps of his father and older brothers who are macho construction workers.

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Bloodbrothers (1978) - Take A Run At Old Three Finger Profane scene introducing Richard Gere as “Stony” De Coco of The Bronx, fuming mad as he watches Cheri (Kristine DeBell) dance at a disco, with Marilu Henner the waitress, Ron McLarty the bouncer, and Kim Milford his buddy Butler, early in Bloodbrothers, 1978, starring Tony LoBianco and Paul Sorvino as his father and uncle.
Bloodbrothers (1978) - Just Do What I Tell You After numerous colorful events in the opening scenes the night before, a fleshy and tense domestic events with Tony LoBianco as Bronx construction worker Tommy, Richard Gere his elder son, Leila Goldoni his wife, and Michael Hershewe his lilttle brother, in Bloodbrothers, 1978, from the Richard Price novel.
Bloodbrothers (1978) - You Know What's Really Sick? At a Bronx hospital, the doctor (Floyd Levine) has correctly deduced that young Albert (Michael Hershewe) is anorexic because he's been abused by his troubled mother (Lelia Goldoni), refusing therapy and griping at her suspicious older son Stony (Richard Gere), in Bloodbrothers, 1978, directed by Robert Mulligan.
Bloodbrothers (1978) - Cats Are Ancient Souls After a long credit sequence, the sun setting with an aerial trip over The Bronx, director Robert Mulligan lands in the bar run by Banion (Kenneth McMillan) where we meet Tony LoBianco as Tommy, waiting on Paul Sorvino as brother “Chubby,” and Gloria LeRoy as floozy Sylvia, in Bloodbrothers, 1978, with lots of swearing, from the Richard Price novel.

Film Details

Also Known As
Blood Brothers
MPAA Rating
Genre
Drama
Release Date
1978
Location
New York City, New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 56m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)

Award Nominations

Best Writing, Screenplay

1979

Articles

Bloodbrothers


Set in the Italian blue collar culture of The Bronx in the 1970s, Bloodbrothers (1978) is a variation on the coming-of-age story. Stony De Coco is a young man just out of school with little idea of what he really wants out of life. While his father and his uncle map out a future following in their footsteps as a union construction worker, Stony takes a position helping kids a local hospital, a job that gives him great satisfaction but puts him in conflict with a father that has definite ideas about masculinity.

Richard Gere, then a rising star thanks to attention-grabbing performances in Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977) and Days of Heaven (1978), takes third billing behind Paul Sorvino (playing his uncle, Chubby) and Tony Lo Bianco (his father). They provide the boisterous, sometimes violent backdrop to the film while Lelia Goldoni (as Stony's unstable mother) helps set the operatic family life with an emotional hysteria that matches his father's temper, but it is very much Stony's story. Gere received good notices as the sensitive young man trying to maintain the pose of toughness and machismo his father demands.

Bloodbrothers is based on the second novel by Richard Price, then the young author of The Wanderers (which was turned into a 1979 movie). Though not Italian himself, he was surrounded by the Italian-American culture and drew from the lives of his friends for the characters. "Maybe I thought of my Italian friends' families as more externally dramatic than my own," suggested Price years later. Like The Wanderers before it, it has autobiographical elements; Price drew from his own experiences working summers on a construction crew while attending college. "Stony was a stand-in for an entire crew of kids that were born around 1949 into families that were basically blue collar. There's a lot of me in him, but not all of me."

Price went on to adapt The Color of Money for Martin Scorsese, became a prolific screenwriter of the 1980s and 1990s, and penned such acclaimed novels as Clockers and Lush Life, but he was still a young author when his book was bought in 1976 and the producers brought in Walter Newman to script the film. Newman earned nominations from the Academy Awards and Writers Guild of America for his adaptation.

Director Robert Mulligan learned his craft directing live TV in the era of original television plays and made his name in film with a series of intelligent, mature dramas marked by fine performances, including To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), Inside Daisy Clover (1965), and The Summer of '42 (1971). He shot exteriors on location in New York City, including scenes shot at an abandoned construction site at City College, to capture the color and texture of the culture, with interiors filmed on soundstages back in Hollywood.

The film also gave actress Marilu Henner her first significant big screen role, playing a club waitress who supports Stony's personal ambitions. By the time the film was released in the fall of 1978, however, she already debuted in the role that made her famous: Elaine O'Connor, the sole female cabbie in the hit sitcom Taxi. Robert Englund is featured in a small but memorable role years before he became a horror star in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) and you can spot Danny Aiello, then a journeyman actor, in bit role as a member of the construction crew.

By Sean Axmaker

Sources:
"An Interview with Richard Price," in Bloodbrothers, Richard Price. Picador, 2009 edition.
AFI Catalog of Feature Films
IMDb

Bloodbrothers

Bloodbrothers

Set in the Italian blue collar culture of The Bronx in the 1970s, Bloodbrothers (1978) is a variation on the coming-of-age story. Stony De Coco is a young man just out of school with little idea of what he really wants out of life. While his father and his uncle map out a future following in their footsteps as a union construction worker, Stony takes a position helping kids a local hospital, a job that gives him great satisfaction but puts him in conflict with a father that has definite ideas about masculinity. Richard Gere, then a rising star thanks to attention-grabbing performances in Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977) and Days of Heaven (1978), takes third billing behind Paul Sorvino (playing his uncle, Chubby) and Tony Lo Bianco (his father). They provide the boisterous, sometimes violent backdrop to the film while Lelia Goldoni (as Stony's unstable mother) helps set the operatic family life with an emotional hysteria that matches his father's temper, but it is very much Stony's story. Gere received good notices as the sensitive young man trying to maintain the pose of toughness and machismo his father demands. Bloodbrothers is based on the second novel by Richard Price, then the young author of The Wanderers (which was turned into a 1979 movie). Though not Italian himself, he was surrounded by the Italian-American culture and drew from the lives of his friends for the characters. "Maybe I thought of my Italian friends' families as more externally dramatic than my own," suggested Price years later. Like The Wanderers before it, it has autobiographical elements; Price drew from his own experiences working summers on a construction crew while attending college. "Stony was a stand-in for an entire crew of kids that were born around 1949 into families that were basically blue collar. There's a lot of me in him, but not all of me." Price went on to adapt The Color of Money for Martin Scorsese, became a prolific screenwriter of the 1980s and 1990s, and penned such acclaimed novels as Clockers and Lush Life, but he was still a young author when his book was bought in 1976 and the producers brought in Walter Newman to script the film. Newman earned nominations from the Academy Awards and Writers Guild of America for his adaptation. Director Robert Mulligan learned his craft directing live TV in the era of original television plays and made his name in film with a series of intelligent, mature dramas marked by fine performances, including To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), Inside Daisy Clover (1965), and The Summer of '42 (1971). He shot exteriors on location in New York City, including scenes shot at an abandoned construction site at City College, to capture the color and texture of the culture, with interiors filmed on soundstages back in Hollywood. The film also gave actress Marilu Henner her first significant big screen role, playing a club waitress who supports Stony's personal ambitions. By the time the film was released in the fall of 1978, however, she already debuted in the role that made her famous: Elaine O'Connor, the sole female cabbie in the hit sitcom Taxi. Robert Englund is featured in a small but memorable role years before he became a horror star in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) and you can spot Danny Aiello, then a journeyman actor, in bit role as a member of the construction crew. By Sean Axmaker Sources: "An Interview with Richard Price," in Bloodbrothers, Richard Price. Picador, 2009 edition. AFI Catalog of Feature Films IMDb

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Released in United States 1978

Released in United States October 1978

Released in United States Summer September 1, 1978

Shown at New York Film Festival September-October 1978.

Completed production June 1978.

Released in United States 1978 (Shown at New York Film Festival September-October 1978.)

Released in United States Summer September 1, 1978

Released in United States October 1978