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A Bronx Tale (1993)

A father becomes worried when a local gangster befriends his son in the Bronx in the 1960s.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Clem Caserta ...
Bobby Bars
Frank Pietrangolare ...
Danny K.O.
Robert D'Andrea ...
Eddie Montanaro ...
Eddie Mush
Fred Fischer ...
JoJo the Whale
Dave Salerno ...
Frankie Coffeecake


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

1 October 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

In den Straßen der Bronx  »


Box Office


$22,000,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Robert De Niro had trouble finding a suitable actor to portray Eddie Mush, he asked Chazz Palminteri if they could find the real Eddie Mush to play himself. They found Eddie Montanaro in the same neighborhood still losing bets. After casting him, they became worried that Eddie Mush would "jinx" the film. On Montanaro's first day of filming, it rained. See more »


Toward the end of the opening credits a mid 80's Ford Escort can be seen directly behind the bus driven by Robert De Niro's character. See more »


Sonny: Alright, listen to me. You pull up right where she lives, right? Before you get outta the car, you lock both doors. Then, get outta the car, you walk over to her. You bring her over to the car. Dig out the key, put it in the lock and open the door for her. Then you let her get in. Then you close the door. Then you walk around the back of the car and look through the rear window. If she doesn't reach over and lift up that button so that you can get in: dump her.
Calogero 'C' Anello: Just like that?
Sonny: Listen to me, kid...
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Crazy Credits

Dedicated to the memory of Robert De Niro, Sr. See more »


Cristo Redentor
Performed by Donald Byrd
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Another great gangster drama only this time with lessons...
13 October 2005 | by See all my reviews

A father(Robert De Niro) who stresses the importance of honest work, teaches his son values in 1960's New York as a distrusting mobster(Chazz Palminteri) also shares his perspective and becomes some what of a father figure to the kid. Faced with racism and a crime-based community, learns his own morals from a strand of tough events.

This is not the first movie I have ever seen to make the gangster out to be a some what nice guy. But this is the first one I have seen to actually make him somewhat of a saint. Sonny(Palminteri) is the example of a split personality with a criminal. He is very tough with a community that he loves and basically runs but is also very protective and guiding to many people. I found this to be quite interesting in this type of genre.

Robert De Niro's character on the other hand, is very bold. He plays the father who is concerned with his son's well being and is just your normal flat character. He was unimpressive, but effective for a movie that was by no means perfect in the first place.

The idea of this movie was what made it so intriguing. At two hours long, it consists of a large epic story of a young man trying to make it through a part of New York. Some important events were perhaps too close together but it was still entertaining and quite moving. Overall, A Bronx Tale is a fine experience of cinema with a wonderful story.

I highly recommend this movie.

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