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A Bronx Tale (1993)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  29 September 1993 (USA)
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A father becomes worried when a local gangster befriends his son in the Bronx in the 1960s.

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Storyline

Gangster Sonny is the big man in the Bronx neighborhood of an Italian small boy named Calogero. A shooting witnessed by the boy (nicknamed C) is the starting point of a lasting bond between the gangster and the boy. Father (bus driver Lorenzo), however, disapproves. C grows up under the wing of both men, torn between his own natural honesty and his fascination with Sonny. C's neighborhood cronies get involved in theft, use of guns, and racial fights. When C falls for an African American girl, things don't get any easier. C's leap to manhood is marked by tragedy, but also by his recognition of the many faces of love. Written by Horacio Abeledo <horabe@ipcabe.uba.ar>

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gangster | money | bus | bar | racist | See more »

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One man lives in the neighborhood, another man owns it. A devoted father battles the local crime boss for the life of his son.

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Crime | Drama

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Rated R for strong language and several scenes of violence | See all certifications »

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29 September 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

In den Straßen der Bronx  »

Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$17,266,971 (USA)
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Trivia

The Street in front of the Chez Bippy bar is 30th Avenue in Astoria Queens, New York. See more »

Goofs

When the detectives are first bringing Colagero out to the street after the shooting by Sonny, an electronic siren can be heard winding down and cutting off mid-tone. Only motor-driven sirens were available on emergency vehicles during this period. See more »

Quotes

Angry Black Neighbor #1: [looking at C's burned friends] They started out as white bread now they toast.
Angry Black Neighbor #2: [to C] THEY LOOK BETTER NOW, DON'T THEY LOOK BETTER!
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Dedicated to the memory of Robert De Niro, Sr. See more »

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A masterfully told tale of morals & consequences.
29 October 2000 | by (Mesa, AZ) – See all my reviews

I have seen this movie over & over like many of the people who have reviewed it. It's true that this is loosely based on the life of Chazz (C) Palmenteri who wrote the screenplay. Word is that when he was looking to make the play into a movie, he had only one condition, that he play the part of Sonny. He was rejected several times until he found Robert DeNiro & Tribeca productions. What luck for all of us too! Chazz was born to play the role of Sonny & how refreshing to see DeNiro as the humble and hardworking father figure instead of the gangster that he has so often played.

This movie has heart & a story that is actually appropriate for young adults. Despite the language & moderate violence (such as the bar scene) there isn't anything graphic (certainly not on the scale of Braveheart or Saving Private Ryan!) and no nudity, just a good story. One of the gems is that nothing is sadder than wasted talent. Thank God that Mr. Palmenteri didn't waste his and shared this wonderful story with all of us. Unforgettable movie, a definite 10 out of 10!


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