Bloodbrothers is an ambitious, if uneven probe into the disintegration of an Italian-American family [from the novel by Richard Price]. Under Robert Mulligan’s forceful direction, sharply-drawn characters clash, scream and argue, but fail to resolve any of their or the film’s conflicts.
Bloodbrothers delves into the steamy emotional mess known as the De Coco clan, headed by construction worker father Tony Lo Bianco, his brother Paul Sorvino, wife Lelia Goldoni, and sons Richard Gere and Michael Hershewe.
Although the focus of the film isn’t clear until about half-way through, Bloodbrothers is concerned primarily with the plight of Gere, who is trying to make one of those crucial life decisions about whether he wants to join the men on the construction girders or opt for the job that gives him real pleasure, working with small children.
This pedestrian tale is placed against a background of vibrant machoism, with numerous scenes of boozing, whoring and fighting set in the Bronx.
1978: Nomination: Best Adapted Screenplay