“We’re all brothers, aren’t we? Did that ever stop anything?”
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Conte tries to reassure Foster that she comes first in his life, to which she responds, “I know what I am to you: I’m your wife, twice almost the mother of your children.”
This pointed statement swiftly sets up the primary narrative tension for this couple: that is, their inability to have biological kids of their own and their desire to adopt, which may be in jeopardy if Conte doesn’t keep his nose completely clean. Unfortunately, he’s unable to stay away when he learns his brothers are in trouble (this is at heart a movie about the bonds of family):
… and we sympathize with Foster as she watches her husband slip ever deeper back into old, unwanted obligations.
The storyline takes us on a tense ride from Conte being told he needs to accommodate a hitman (William Phipps) lying low:
… to Conte’s brother Gino (Picerni) finding him and pleading for help in getting him out of the country:
… to Conte meeting with “Uncle Sid” Kubik and falsely believing Kubik has his family’s best interests at heart:
… to Conte visiting his religious mother (Argentina Brunetti) and dying grandma (Mimi Aguglia) and finally learning where his brother Johnny is hiding out.
Conte’s trip out to California to visit Johnny (Darren) and his pregnant wife Norah (Kathryn Grant) represents a significant turning point in events:
… and I won’t share more at risk of spoiling. Suffice it to say this film merits a look — and perhaps another one — to enjoy its well-plotted narrative.
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