Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.
USA, 1995. Hollywood Pictures, Interscope Communications, Nomura Babcock & Brown, Polygram Filmed Entertainment. Story by Max Apple, Screenplay by Max Apple, Stephen Metcalfe, based on the short story by Max Apple. Cinematography by Mike Southon. Produced by Robert W. Cort, Ted Field, Scott Kroopf. Music by Elmer Bernstein. Production Design by Dan Bishop, Douglas Higgins. Costume Design by Linda Donahue. Film Editing by Seth Flaum, John Tintori. Academy Awards 1995.
Peter Falk can’t get enough of stealing scenes in this touching family drama, as a Polish American baker who raises his grandson after the boy loses both parents. Naturally, they butt heads when the boy grows up (and becomes D.B. Sweeney) and decides to have his own personality. Lots of wonderful, genuine family moments, plus a warmhearted performance by Julianne Moore as Sweeney’s loving wife. It’s a nice, quiet movie that suits a nice, quiet evening.