Dominick and Eugene1988
Dominick and Eugene (1988)
Critic Consensus: Thanks to strong performances and a steady directorial hand, Dominick and Eugene successfully navigates potentially tricky themes in thoughtful, compelling fashion without resorting to trite sentimentality.
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as Dominick 'Nicky' Luciano
as Eugene 'Gino' Luciano
as Jennifer Reston
as Dr. Levinson
as Larry Higgins
as Jesse Johnson
as Mrs. Gianelli
as Mikey Chernak
as Theresa Chernak
as Father T
as Choir Director
as TV Announcer
as Mrs. Vinson
as Martin Chernak
as Neighbor Boy
as Lt. Gage
as TV Announcer
as Teen #1
as Teen #2
as Teen #3
Critic Reviews for Dominick and Eugene
Dominick and Eugene is every bit as icky as its premise would suggest, and possibly even more so. The film is a heavy, clanging guilt machine that functions by systematically exploiting Nicky's handicap.
The film's shameless efforts to reach for the jugular mainly land in bathos.
Taking potentially sticky material...Young has held a hard line and has shaped a story of relationships that rings pure and fine as crystal.
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.
As directed by Robert M. Young, ''Dominick and Eugene'' has a refreshing plainness and a welcome unwillingness to milk the story for more pathos than is warranted.
Audience Reviews for Dominick and Eugene
the unlikely pairing of tom hulce and ray liotta is the thing here, hulce predictably in the walkaway gimme role of "someone mentally challenged" and ray liotta as a nice guy(gasp!). a feel good movie that feels good.
It has it's moments, here and there, but overall Dominick and Eugene plays like a bad after-school special. Heavy on the sentimentality and lite on the realism. The intentions seem sincere but the result is often sappy and sometimes ridiculous.
Not a bad bit of film. I rarely see Tom Hulce outside of Amadeus and his performance here is good..okay maybe a bit too much after school special.
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