House of Strangers

House of Strangers

DVD - 2006
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"When Max Monetti first gets out of prison, life seems good. The bank founded by his father and now run by his brothers is thriving. The society woman he loves has waited seven long years for him. But for Max, every day of those seven years was filled with hatred. And when he learns that his father died because he was squeezed out of the bank by the brothers after Max took a rap for him, that hatred bubbles to the surface, obliterating everything, even the love of his woman."--Booklet.

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akirakato
Oct 07, 2016

This is a 1949 American film noir directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz.
It is the first of three film versions of Jerome Weidman's novel "I'll Never Go There Any More."
The other versions were the Spencer Tracy western "Broken Lance (1954)" and "The Big Show (1961)."
This is a powerful drama of betrayal and revenge, in which Gino Monetti---the patriarch of a LOwer East Side Italian family---gets so infatuated with his success as a banker that he fails to notice the simmering hatred in his own house.
With fine performances of Edward Robinson and Susan Hayward and a gripping story, the film is a fascinating portrait of family tensions.

7duffy Sep 29, 2014

Nicely done period and ethnic piece about changing times and the expectations & impacts on family relationships. As perceptve now (but with different values) as it was then. Great acting. You could almost make a case that it was like the Godfather, but without the Crime. The Bank's management and resulting run on the bank, almost seemed like a bizarro world version of Its a Wonderful Life.

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KerrAvon
Aug 14, 2011

Very dramatic tale of a father (played as an Italian by Robinson, who was a Romanian-Jew!) and his four sons. Full of twists and turns! Good stuff!

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Janice21383
Jun 14, 2011

If Richard Conte had been born a little later, and worked with directors like Scorsese and Coppola in their primes, he would have been another (better) Pacino. As it is, enjoy him here in this juicy family melodrama. It's hard to say who gives the best performance, but I'd give it to Luther Adler, as the seething older brother. Susan Hayward doesn't have much to do, aside from taunting and making love to Conte. I imagine it was a full-time job. This film was remade as the Western Broken Lance, of all things.

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Janice21383
Jun 14, 2011

"The Monettti touch! Too bad they won't let you kiss the jury."

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