Film: Family Business

You can totally see the family resemblance.

Family Business is a 1989 film directed by Sidney Lumet with a screenplay by Vincent Patrick, based on his novel. It stars Sean Connery, Dustin Hoffman and Matthew Broderick. Jessie McMullen(Connery), is the Irish-Scottish American patriarch of a family of career criminals, including his half Sicilian son Vito (Hoffman) and grandson Adam (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.


  • Dirty Coward: Adam shows signs of this when he realizes just how dangerous a life of crime actually is. Jessie may also have some of this whether he admits it or not, the way he runs out on people.
  • The Mafia: It's the "family business".
  • Manipulative Bastard: Jessie
  • Never My Fault: Jessie refuses to acknowledge that he was a bad father or that he deserves Vito's dislike and mistrust based on his past.
  • Only Sane Man: Vito
  • Three Successful Generations: There's Jessie, who is proud of his criminal past and lifestyle, his son Vito, who now runs a thriving wholesale Twelfth Avenue meat packing warehouse and has left his criminal past behind him, and his grandson Adam, who is in college with a scientific scholarship and seemingly has a bright future ahead of him.
  • Villain Protagonist: Jessie, and to a lesser extent Adam.