Two Family House


1h 47m 2000

Brief Synopsis

Set in Staten Island circa 1956, Buddy Visalo is a factory worker and frustrated singer who once had a shot at the big time, but whose dreams of greatness have been reduced to an endless series of failed money-making schemes. His latest is to buy a two-family house for himself and his wife, Estelle,

Film Details

Also Known As
2 Family House
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2000
Distribution Company
Lionsgate
Location
New York City, New York, USA; New Jersey, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 47m

Synopsis

Set in Staten Island circa 1956, Buddy Visalo is a factory worker and frustrated singer who once had a shot at the big time, but whose dreams of greatness have been reduced to an endless series of failed money-making schemes. His latest is to buy a two-family house for himself and his wife, Estelle, and convert the ground floor into a neighborhood bar in which he can perform. Unfortunately, Buddy soon finds that along with the purchase of the house come two unwanted upstairs tenants, a very pregnant young Irish woman, Mary O'Neary, and her alcoholic husband, Jim. As Buddy and his pals attempt to evict them, Mary goes into labor. By the end of the day a baby has been born whose very existence turns everyone's life upside down. Suddenly Buddy's long repressed dream of doing something bigger is put to the test as he finds himself juggling mounting costs on the unfinished bar, pressure from his wife to abandon the whole enterprise, and an inexplicably deepening bond with Mary.

Film Details

Also Known As
2 Family House
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2000
Distribution Company
Lionsgate
Location
New York City, New York, USA; New Jersey, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 47m

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Miscellaneous Notes

Winner of the Audience Award for Best Dramatic Film at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival.

Expanded Release in United States October 20, 2000

Released in United States 2000

Released in United States Fall October 6, 2000

Released in United States January 2000

Released in United States on Video May 8, 2001

Released in United States September 2000

Shown at Deauville Festival of American Film September 1-10, 2000.

Shown at Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival October 16 - November 12, 2000.

Shown at Sundance Film Festival (American Spectrum) January 20-30, 2000.

Shown at Toronto International Film Festival (Contemporary World Cinema) September 7-16, 2000.

Shown at Vancouver International Film Festival September 22 - October 5, 2000.

Lions Gate acquired domestic distribution rights at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival.

Began shooting May 18, 1999.

Completed shooting June 24, 1999.

Released in United States 2000 (Shown at Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival October 16 - November 12, 2000.)

Released in United States 2000 (Shown at Vancouver International Film Festival September 22 - October 5, 2000.)

Released in United States January 2000 (Shown at Sundance Film Festival (American Spectrum) January 20-30, 2000.)

Released in United States on Video May 8, 2001

Released in United States September 2000 (Shown at Deauville Festival of American Film September 1-10, 2000.)

Released in United States September 2000 (Shown at Toronto International Film Festival (Contemporary World Cinema) September 7-16, 2000.)

Released in United States Fall October 6, 2000

Expanded Release in United States October 20, 2000