One Moment


Middle-age siblings struggle to manage their lives while caring for their recently widowed aging father. Welcome to the “sandwich generation.”


Locations of L.I. Shoots:

Cornucopia Natural Foods in Sayville

Dorothy’s Fine Jewelry in Sayville

Bistro 25 in Sayville

Corey Beach and the old St. Ursula’s in Blue Point

The Blue Goose restaurant in Patchogue.

Of Interest:


‘One Moment’ with the late Danny Aiello features Blue Point and Sayville

In his final interview, Danny Aiello discusses One Moment. (Recorded 8/29 for podcast, Really Famous with Kara Mayer Robinson.)

Danny Aiello, in his final feature film, stars in One Moment, the humorous and heart-warming story of middle-age siblings struggling to manage their lives while also caring for their recently widowed aging father. Welcome to the “Sandwich Generation.”


Deirdre O’Connor’s feature debut, “One Moment,” happens to be legendary character actor Danny Aiello’s last film. Aiello — who acted in such classics as “The Godfather Part II,” “Leon,” and “Do The Right Thing” — passed away in 2019 after a brief illness, according to The Hollywood Reporter. His final role as Joe McGuinness couldn’t have been more fitting: As a recently widowed husband, Joe tries to cope with the loss of his wife by becoming more present in his middle-aged kids’ lives.

The plot follows the three McGuinness siblings — Caroline (Adria Tennor), Fran (Frankie Ingrassia), and Rick (Sal Rendino) — and how they operate their overwhelmingly busy lives. Besides working and raising kids, they’re also trying to comfort their ailing father, who struggles with increasing physical and mental health issues. It provides an excellent opportunity for Aiello to showcase his subtle, charismatic, and charming skills for one last time.

Even in his last year, at 86 years old, Danny Aiello puts in the kind of performance that made him one of the most memorable character actors in an almost 50-year-long career. Although the rest of the cast does a good job, none of them can rise to Aiello’s level as an experienced veteran. He’s the heart of the movie and the one who makes it work. Whether you’re a child or a parent, “One Moment” does an excellent job at making you relate to what Joe and his kids are going through — and empathize with them every step of the way.

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