The Amati Girls

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The Amati Girls
The Amati Girls.jpg
Directed by Anne De Salvo
Produced by
  • James Alex
  • Melanie Backer
  • Steven Johnson
  • Michael I. Levy
  • Matthew Rhodes
  • Henry M. Shea Jr.
  • Howard Kazanjian
Written by Anne De Salvo
Music by Conrad Pope
Cinematography Frank Byers
Edited by David L. Bertman
Carroll Timothy O'Meara
Distributed by Providence Entertainment
Release dates
  • January 9, 2001 (2001-01-09)
Running time
91 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1 million
Box office $49,136[1]

The Amati Girls is a 2001 drama film written and directed by Anne De Salvo. It stars Cloris Leachman, Mercedes Ruehl, Dinah Manoff, Sean Young, Lily Knight, Lee Grant, and Edith Fields.

This is the only film released theatrically in which Lee Grant and her daughter, Dinah Manoff, appeared together and was Manoff's first theatrical film in over 10 years, with her previous one being Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael.


The film centers around an Italian American family of four sisters (Mercedes Ruehl, Dinah Manoff, Sean Young, and Lily Knight) who reside in Philadelphia. After their father's death, in trying to convince their mother (Cloris Leachman) that her life is still worth living, each sister grapples with her own ideas on love, faith, and ultimately, the meaning of life.


Main cast[edit]

  • Cloris Leachman as Dolly Amati
  • Mercedes Ruehl as Grace Amati
  • Dinah Manoff as Denise Amati
  • Sean Young as Christine Amati
  • Lily Knight as Dolores Amati
  • Lee Grant as Aunt Splendora
  • Edith Fields as Aunt Loretta
  • Cassie Cole as Carla
  • Marissa Leigh as Laura
  • Sam McMurray as Brian
  • Joe Greco as Uncle Frankie
  • Matt Winston as Johnny Barlotta
  • Mary Hershberger as Kevin
  • Anne De Salvo as Cathy
  • Sal Viscuso as Father Dedice
  • Anna Berger as Stella
  • Don Marino as Sam
  • Kivi Rogers as Mike
  • John Capodice as Danny
  • Robert Picardo as Grace's Doctor
  • Frederic Tucker as Stage Manager (Credited as Fred Tucker)
  • Carol Ann Susi as Ticket Seller
  • Niki Harris as Flight Attendant
  • Maria Cina as Rockie's Girl
  • Larrisa Joy as Italian Class Student
  • Jay Acovone as Mr. Moltianni
  • Michelle Joyner as Moviegoer
  • Anthony Pontrello as Nick the Bartender

Supporting cast[edit]


The Amati Girls currently holds a 46% 'Fresh' rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[2]


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