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Dominick and Eugene

Pittsburgh trash collector Nicky Luciano (Hulce), dropped on his head as a boy (the truth about that event is held over for a last-reel revelation), is all misguided good intentions, easily led (he runs drugs unknowingly for neighbourhood hoods), and clearly a considerable burden to his brother Gino (Liotta). Constantly having to fend off Nicky's fears of abandonment, Gino also has guilt of his own: Nicky's wages pay for his medical schooling (and his internship will call him to Stanford for two years), while his efforts to have a life and a girlfriend (Curtis) of his own cause irreconcilable jealousy. Coming in the wake of Rain Man, Young's socially-concerned drama is unafraid of tackling complex emotional issues, but what few patronising and hackneyed insights it offers are waved like red flags. Unsophisticated.

Release details

Duration: 109 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Robert M Young
Screenwriter: Alvin Sargent, Corey Blechman
Cast: Tom Hulce
Ray Liotta
Jamie Lee Curtis
Todd Graff
Bill Cobbs
David Strathairn
Mimi Cecchini

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5 / 5

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John Stanhope

Written like a true cynic. DOMINICK & EUGENE is an honest, nicely controlled film that deserves much more credit than you're giving it. If you want an example of simple schmaltz, just watch something like I AM SAM.

John Stanhope

Written like a true cynic. DOMINICK & EUGENE is an honest, nicely controlled film that deserves much more credit than you're giving it. If you want an example of simple schmaltz, just watch something like I AM SAM.